Rishabh Mahesh, January 2024, Officer

Rishabh Mahesh

Internship Junior Coordinator and Executive Assistant

Granada High School

Class of 2025

If you became invisible for 10 minutes RIGHT NOW, what things would you do?

If I became invisible for 10 minutes right now I’d probably just turn on the TV and random lights at home to confuse my family members. My friends don’t live too close by so by the time I got to their house to mess with them the invisibility would probably be over.

What motivates you the most?

My family motivates me the most. Whenever I’m having a tough time with something, whether that be academics related or otherwise, they’re always there to encourage me and support me. I’m really thankful for having such an amazing support system that’s always there to back me up and I’d say that helps me out the most.

How important do you think It Is to ‘Build Character’?

I think it’s very important to build character because in a world that’s becoming ever more unreliable and unpredictable, it’s a good trait to be a dependable and empathetic person. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several great people throughout my life and their actions and behaviors have helped influence me and have allowed me to develop. Building character helps to improve not just your own life but the lives of others around you.

What is your current HIM position and what are your responsibilities in that position?

My current HIM position is Internship JC and EA. My responsibilities in this position include helping with teaching new interns about HIM and our leadership program, helping out with certain EA tasks like updating the Friends List, working with the TTT program to educate new teachers, trainers, and mentors about how to fulfill their roles properly, and more.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a nice, humble person who always tried his hardest. I think that being a good influence on people and helping out others whenever possible is a great rule to live by and I’d hope to be rememberd as someone who displayed that.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your life?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned in my life is that dedication will get you anywhere. There have been many times when I’ve been working on something and thought about giving up or thought that I wasn’t good enough and all that did was drag me down and harm me even more. Whenever I’ve believed in myself even through adversity and worked hard towards goals, I’ve almost always been able to achieve them and I’d say that principle has helped me the most so far in my life.

What is your favorite TV show and character?

I don’t really have a favorite TV show, but one of my favorite characters is Ash from the Pokemon series. Watching him go through struggles and persist despite improbable odds has always been something I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, I would probably pick pasta. Pasta is a really versatile food because there’s so many different ways to prepare it and you can use all sorts of combinations of veggies, pasta types, meats, and sauces.

What is it like to be part of HIM Leadership Crew?

Being a part of HIM Leadership has been great. Unlike other organizations and volunteering service groups, HIM feels more like a big family in that everyone within leadership is interconnected and have opportunities to interact together in training sessions, mentorship discussions, team meetings, etc. Being a part of leadership has helped me develop friendships and interactions with people I never would’ve met or spoken to and I’m sure others would agree.

How has HIM affected your life so far?

So far, HIM has been beneficial to me as a person and has improved my leadership skill set. Before HIM I had never really been a part of a volunteering organization or a similar community, but joining and volunteering as much as possible in events promoting fitness, disease awareness, sporting, and more have opened my eyes to issues in our community and improved my social skills. Serving as a volunteer for these events has allowed me to help out in some way or form, which makes me feel better as a person in general.

What motivates you to wake up early to volunteer for a Charity Run?

The joy of giving back to the community and supporting a noble cause motivates me to wake up early to volunteer for Charity Runs. I know that for me and a lot of others who don’t live close to some of these events which generally take place in San Francisco, it’s hard sometimes because we have to drive from all over the bay and be there on time. Reminding myself that what I’m doing is helping tons of people out and that myself along with my peers serve as a backbone for such events motivates me to go to as many of these as I can and help out.

What advice can you offer to those thinking of joining the Leadership Program?

I would advise those thinking of joining the Leadership Program to give it a shot and see what you can learn. I remember that when I first joined HIM, I was hesitant about all the duties and expectations I would have, but I’ve learned so much along the way and I can wholeheartedly say that HIM has helped me develop as a person and has improved my leadership skills.