Graduate student Aakanksha Vaidya, an electrical engineer major, was crowned queen at the Javelina Homecoming game on Oct. 24.
“I am very happy. I am feeling on top of the world and proud to become queen. I was literally jumping on the ground, while feeling excited,” Vaidya said.
The steps Vaidya took in order to run for homecoming queen were to represent an organization on campus; she is a member of International Student Organization.
Vaidya also needed a running mate. Senior, Sunjeet Singh Rathore, an electrical engineer major, who is also an International Student Organization member joined her. Together they promoted their campaign by handing out flyers around school, and balloons with their names on it, and explained how to vote online.
“Since we work together, we have a lot of common friends; our main goal was that our friends should know what homecoming campaign was, and why they should vote for us.”
Vaidya is a very dreamy person, and always wanting to do big things but never thought of running for homecoming queen, but after coming to Unites States from Chhattisgarh, “City of Steel” India, she added homecoming campaign to her bucket list. Though her self-esteem was brought to a low level by many other students during her campaign, she regained the strength to keep her head up. “I was worried, because many people told me not to participate because I wasn’t popular but I proved them wrong. I want to thank all my friends who supported me, to I.S.O. for sponsoring me, to the people who voted for me and the people who didn’t vote for me,” Vaidya said.
Now that homecoming is over, Vaidya’s plans are to organize upcoming events for International Student Organization and for students, to represent college at an international level, motivate people, and to embrace the dreamy moment of being homecoming queen.