Vempati Manikanta Rama Krishna Gowtham, a dynamic individual from the city of Rajahmundry, India, is currently the President of the Indian Student Association at A&M-Commerce. With a background rooted in a nation that celebrates individuality, Manikanta has an insatiable thirst for exploring new cultures and perspectives. Having eight years of experience in the IT and Business Field, Manikanta has a deep understanding of the complexities of the business world.
As a Master’s student in Business Analytics, Manikanta is not only expanding his knowledge in this exciting field but also, as a part of the International Programs department, broadening his exposure to diverse perspectives and cultures. Along with his academic pursuits, Manikanta is a successful YouTuber with a channel called “Gautam USA Vlogs,” where he shares his experiences, adventures, and insights with the world. A true multitasker, Manikanta always strives to make the most of his time and opportunities.
A Conversation with Manikanta Vempati
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
Attending A&M-Commerce is an opportunity like no other! As a prospective student, you will be privileged to join a diverse and dynamic organization dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. With a range of online and offline teaching options, free transportation to campuses, and a comprehensive help desk service, A&M-Commerce is designed to make your student experience seamless and stress-free. But that’s just the beginning! With a campus home to students from all corners of the world, you’ll have a chance to broaden your horizons, expand your knowledge, and build lifelong relationships. The university is always on the cutting edge, ensuring you can access the latest technology and resources to enhance your learning experience. In short, A&M-Commerce is an emerging, one-of-a-kind institution setting the standard for education and innovation in today’s global community.
What do you like most about working as a graduate assistant?
Firstly, working as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of International Programs at A&M-Commerce is a dream come true. Not only am I able to be a part of this prestigious institution, but I also have the opportunity to be a part of the team that helps to bring together students from all around the world and provide them with unique and enriching experiences. In addition to the exposure to international cultures and diverse perspectives, working with the Office of International Programs has clarified my career goals and allowed me to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. The hands-on experience I am gaining at the Office of International Programs is priceless and will set me apart from my peers in the future job market. Overall, this is a rare opportunity to not only further my education but also to contribute to the larger community and make a difference in the lives of others. I am honored to be a part of A&M-Commerce and the Office of International Programs and am excited to see where this journey takes me.
How do you help students at A&M-Commerce?
As a Graduate Assistant with the Office of International Programs at A&M-Commerce, I am on the front line of connecting students from diverse backgrounds to the world-class education and opportunities offered here. Each day, I am the first point of contact for prospective and current students worldwide. The interaction with these students is not just limited to answering their queries about the programs, facilities, and organizations available. It is an opportunity to learn and grow, to gain insight into the unique cultures and perspectives of individuals from all corners of the globe. The discussions we have not only provide solutions to the students’ questions but also foster cross-cultural understanding and respect. As a Graduate Assistant of the Office of International Programs, it has enriched my experience, expanded my worldview, and honed my communication skills. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is positively impacting students’ lives and helping foster a more interconnected world.
What are your professional and personal goals? What is your passion or motivation?
My ultimate professional goal is to succeed in the corporate world and make a positive impact in my community by providing employment opportunities. In a world where employment is increasingly scarce, I want to be the solution and bring hope to those needing job security.
My goals are equally ambitious and driven by a desire to give back to my nation. I believe education is the key to unlocking one’s full potential, and I am passionate about providing value-based education to those in rural areas who may not have access to the same resources as their urban counterparts. I aim to bridge this knowledge gap and empower individuals regardless of age, gender, caste, or creed. My relentless curiosity and thirst for knowledge are the driving force behind my goals. I am focused, always seeking new experiences and opportunities to grow. These qualities, combined with my unwavering determination, ensure that I never settle for mediocrity and always strive for greatness. My ultimate objective is to use my skills and abilities to make a lasting impact on the world and those around me.
How is it being President of the Indian Student Association at A&M-Commerce?
Being the President of the Indian Student Association at A&M-Commerce is a challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience. As the leader of a diverse group of students from India, I can bring our community together and celebrate our shared heritage while fostering cultural exchange with other student groups on campus. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this role is providing a sense of belonging and support to fellow students who may be far away from home. I work closely with the association’s members to plan events, activities, and initiatives that bring our community together and promote Indian culture and heritage to the wider university community. It has given me valuable leadership experience and the opportunity to develop my communication and organizational skills. I am constantly challenged to think creatively, problem-solve, and make decisions that benefit the association and its members. Overall, this enriching experience has been meaningful to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and represent our community, and I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the years to come.
- M.S., Business Analytics, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Ongoing
- B.Tech., Computer Science, JNT University, Kakinada, India, 2015