Influencers

The Creative Techie College Student Who Aspires to Inspire

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Ankit Curchorcar never does the same thing twice.

A classic extrovert, this 21-year-old thinks inside the box, because everyone is thinking outside of it.

Currently studying Computational Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, he is inspired and motivated by the people around him to create something that will change lives and better our world.

After being inspired by his infectious energy and awesome bio, we decided to ask him a few questions to learn about what drives him.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Goa, India and moved with my parents to Muscat, Oman when I was in elementary school. Since there was no scope for post secondary education in the country, we moved to Canada to finish up my high school.

I currently attend the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I am studying in the field of Computational Mathematics, and am still trying to figure out which year of my program I am in. I hope to graduate within the next decade, so I know I’m on track for that at least.

Four words that describe you.

Friendly, Imaginative, Leader, Witty

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What has been your greatest accomplishment?

I used to be very scared of public speaking. If you asked me why, I would tell you that it was because of stage fright. The overwhelming silence or even the blazing temperatures when you’re up on the stage. It was all in my mind. Nevertheless, I was at least able to curb my tendencies of panicking on stage and talking to people. Since middle school, I’ve taken part in many competitions and events that included debates, speeches, quiz shows and even Model U.N. conferences.

In 2009, I was selected amongst 7 other students to represent my school at the First National Muscat Youth Summit in Oman. Since then, I have never looked back and I talk to folks every chance I get. My ultimate goal would be to give a speech at TEDx or TED Talks.

How about your biggest failure or lesson learned?

Not having tried enough. I try my best now to never give up and never back down.

Who inspires you?

My parents. They are the most selfless people you will ever meet.They have worked really hard to get to where they are now, and I admire their spirit. Even though there may be some disagreements amongst us, my parents are the best thing to happen to me since I was born. They’ve never allowed my brother and I to feel any discomfort in our lives, so I would like to say a big thank you to them for keeping me sane so far.

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Imagine one day you’re named TIME Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’, what will the reason be?

People don’t realize how much great work they can do, so we follow the norm and live the next day pretty much the same way as the previous one. I’d hope to aid people in seeing their true potential.

“Ankit has engineered an environment for a positive impact on the world economy and bettering our vision of sustainability for a greener initiative. For assisting people in seeing their true potential, we present him with the TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year.”

There’s a loud cheer, and that would be the day that I retire from everything

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Zoë Björnson Zoë is a Product Marketing Manager at about.me. She loves cheese and is currently traveling the world while working remotely. about.me/kzoeb