02 nov, 2016

#TheNextHLR: Sneha Sankar

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Sneha is currently a Graphic Design student at the National Institute of Design in India. Through her experience on a sports team, she realized at an early age how much women have to prove themselves, as a realization that motivated her to aim high and commit to achieving her dreams.

This year, Sneha was choose as one of five of the winners of JWT’s Helen Landsdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship, beating out all other candidates in the South Asia region.

In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, a paid summer internship with a JWT office in her region, a JWT mentor, and a “first look” placement consideration upon graduation, the Scholarship will help Sneha develop her passion for Graphic Design.

My name is Sneha Sankar and I am currently a final-year student of Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design, India.

A few weeks ago, I was on the receiving end of an unexpected call. I was informed of my selection as 1/5 of the women from around the world to be awarded the prestigious Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship. My initial reaction was a dismal, ‘Oh, thank you’, but by the time I finished my round of phone calls to my parents and grandparents, I began to realize the gravity of this honor. I am grateful for my own fortune and also on behalf of the other women whom this opportunity may have inspired and aided.

I realized during my youth that sometimes being a woman meant you had to prove your talent twice as hard because of conventions. As a teenager, I enjoyed playing for the U.A.E Women’s Cricket team. In many countries where cricket is played, it is widely deemed as a ‘man’s sport’, so there are many challenges one faces as a woman cricketer. Grappling with such notions altered my attitude: it became indispensable to not only succeed in my chosen field, whatever that may be, but to aspire to become amongst the absolute best, and to influence and inspire those who follow me.

As young students, I believe it is our duty to positively influence those around us at every stage and every possible way we know how. When choosing my career, I realized that the venn diagram between what I love to do and what I do well sit perfectly in the field of Graphic Design. It also has both the reach and ability to make a positive change in the world.

Design, for me, is the discovery of new things and getting inspired by the ordinary. I am passionate about typography, illustration, design for print, and exploring possibilities with hand lettering. I enjoy working with themes of history, music, and geometry and connecting them with design. What I am most looking forward to during my internship is working under the mentorship and guidance of senior creatives at JWT and understanding the thought-process and ingenuity that goes into coming up with evocative advertising. I hope to further my experience and learning in this field and many more in the realm of Graphic Design.

This scholarship will aid in furthering my design education and help by opening up newer opportunities that did not previously exist due to financial constraints. My parents have always brought me up with a sense of independence and self-sufficiency. It is therefore, very valuable to me as it helps in my efforts to be more financially independent and responsible. I am fortunate to receive this recognition and I would like to thank JWT for the same.

See Sneha’s portfolio here: behance.net/snehasankar

Interested in applying for the HLR Scholarship in 2017? Applications open Jan. 1st, 2017.

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