Model of the Fortnight

Engineer in the making is no quitter

The time to act is now for tomorrow may not come and the day to enjoy is today because opportunities may not knock twice are among the beliefs of Simran Singh, our Model of the Fortnight.

A positive mental disposition with a ‘can do’ attitude are the attributes of this young woman currently pursuing her graduate degree in Construction Engineering at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

“I chose construction as my specialisation because buildings and bridges fascinate me, and also because I am a feminist and believe in breaking gender stereotypes,” she said, and asked, “Who says women can’t be construction engineers?”

Disciplined upbringing

Born in Patiala in the North Indian State of Punjab, Simran experienced the challenge of farming life, while her grandfather raised her with the army discipline (he was a Colonel) to set goals and achieve them with grit and commitment.

She however considers her mother as her idol.

“She is the strongest and most independent person I know. I always reinforce my commitment to tasks saying, ‘Mom did not raise a quitter.’ She fills me with optimism and makes me the peppy, joyous person that I am,” Simran said.

Her passion for fashion, art, photography, dancing and modelling grew since she was ten years old. She entered Miss Indianz last year and found the experience ‘elevating.’

“Dancing is my biggest passion. From Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and hip hop to Bhangra and Bollywood, my love for dancing knows no bounds,” Simran said.

-Venkat Raman

Pictures by Andrew Bignall

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