Media professional from Nagpur decides to build entrepreneurial skills to enhance her impact as an aspiring mental health professional

24th November 2021

Mrunmayee Padmagariwar is originally from Nagpur and moved to Pune in 2016 to pursue a  Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from Symbiosis Centre of Media and Communication.

Since her school years, Mrunmayee actively participated and thrived in co-curricular activities. For over five years, she was engaged with singing, writing, poetry, storytelling and more. Along with college, she got herself involved with activities that challenged her like playing a core role in organizing a two-day film festival called The East Side Story (TESS) to showcase and promote budding talent in amateur film makers.

 

After graduating, she joined the Enterprise team as a video editing intern, and although it was not her existing area of expertise, she joined with willingness to make it work and took on the option of learning on the job. Over time she discovered Enterprise to be a place where non-academics were not looked down upon and judged based on their CGPA or test scores. She felt cared for and that she had the opportunity of doing things and finishing them on her own merit.

 

As the covid crisis hit India, Mrunmayee was stuck in Pune by herself, away from her family and had a challenging time with her mental health. As the restrictions eased, she went back to her home at Nagpur, took a break from work and decided to seek professional help for her mental health. During her break, through some reflections and meditations she realized she wanted to be an advocate for mental health and decided to pursue her further studies in Psychology. From her experience so far, Mrunmayee felt that having entrepreneurial skills will help her amplify her work as a mental health professional and thus decided to join the Enterprise India Fellowship to build these skills by working on real life projects.


Throughout her fellowship journey, she did exactly what she had intended. She worked on 7+ projects including 5 in-house Enterprise projects like the Green Room & #karo playdates and Sunday Game Nights (a project she incubated with other Partners- aka students in the Fellowship). She also worked on a client project called Jeevan Gaane with Nidhi Jain, Director at Pride Group to create (conceptualise, compile and edit) an e-book of marathi poems. Mrunmayee channeled her creativity, patiently incorporated all ideas and feedback and completed the project in a thorough manner, and also formed a personal connection with Nidhi Jain.

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Mrunmayee help me make this Marathi book. She was extremely patient throughout the duration of the project, came up with some wonderful ideas and illustrations and basically put together a beautiful e-book. I don’t think anyone else could have captured the essence of what I wanted to achieve more perfectly.”

Nidhi Jain, Director at Pride Group. 

 

She co-created Sunday Game Nights with other Enterprise Partners (students at Enterprise), to organize and host online bonding experiences for families and communities. They organized 12+ events and engaged 360+ people over a span of two years. She took the skills she built through these experiences to organizing her parents 25th anniversary virtually and hosted over 100 plus people across 45 screens.

Mrunmayee Padmagariwar

Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra
College: Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication

Subject: Media and Communication

Interests/Cares About: Mental health and Holistic Wellness; Honesty, accountability and confidence; Doing, consistency and patience

Fellowship Span: Aug 2020- Dec 2021

Fellowship Activities Sneak Peek:

Worked on 7+ projects including 5 Enterprise projects like the Green Room & #karo playdates and a client project to make an ebook of marathi poems and a project she incubated with other Partners.

Co-created Sunday Game Nights, to organize and host online bonding experiences for families and communities, organizing 12+ events and engaging 360+ people over a span of two years.

Created 2 blogs, and 2 podcasts by leveraging the monthly reflection-based content creation process (Conflexion) at the Fellowship where Partners actively learn to reflect on their learnings and feelings and harvest them into blogs, videos and/or podcasts.


Next Steps post Fellowship:

Working with the Enterprise India Team as a Brand Consultant and Project Coordinator to facilitate the engagement of students in client projects.

Mrunmayee’s reflections on her self-discovery journey and the major change she witnessed as she worked on multiple real life projects and created her body of work.

As she graduates from the fellowship, she has rejoined the Enterprise team as a Brand Consultant and Project Coordinator to facilitate the engagement of students in client projects.

“Mrunmayeee is very diligent, smart and accountable. She doesn’t do work mechanically, rather she ideates, researches and brings her own flavour in whatever the job may be”

Ankita Parashar
Business Partner and Marketing Lead, Enterprise India Fellowship

Mrunmayee sees her role in the world as someone who can empathise with people, understand their dilemmas and conundrums, hold conversations with them alongside inspiring and motivating them in order to make them realise the treasure that they are in themselves. As she puts it in her own words, 

 

”I want to inspire people and make them see for themselves that what they have inside them is GOLD and only they can realise it.”



Interviewer: Akash Bhalerao
Author: Rhythm Joshi & Akash Bhalerao
Video Editor: Rahul Devkar
Story Editors:  Aditya Jhunjhunwala, Ankita Parashar & Nikita Juneja
Webpage Designer: Dnyanesh Chandewar

After graduating, she joined the Enterprise team as a video editing intern, and although it was not her existing area of expertise, she joined with willingness to make it work and took on the option of learning on the job. Over time she discovered Enterprise to be a place where non-academics were not looked down upon and judged based on their CGPA or test scores. She felt cared for and that she had the opportunity of doing things and finishing them on her own merit.

As the covid crisis hit India, Mrunmayee was stuck in Pune by herself, away from her family and had a challenging time with her mental health. As the restrictions eased, she went back to her home at Nagpur, took a break from work and decided to seek professional help for her mental health. During her break, through some reflections and meditations she realized she wanted to be an advocate for mental health and decided to pursue her further studies in Psychology. From her experience so far, Mrunmayee felt that having entrepreneurial skills will help her amplify her work as a mental health professional and thus decided to join the Enterprise India Fellowship to build these skills by working on real life projects.


Throughout her fellowship journey, she did exactly what she had intended. She worked on 7+ projects including 5 in-house Enterprise projects like the Green Room & #karo playdates and Sunday Game Nights (a project she incubated with other Partners- aka students in the Fellowship). She also worked on a client project called Jeevan Gaane with Nidhi Jain, Director at Pride Group to create (conceptualise, compile and edit) an e-book of marathi poems. Mrunmayee channeled her creativity, patiently incorporated all ideas and feedback and completed the project in a thorough manner, and also formed a personal connection with Nidhi Jain.



“It was an absolute pleasure to have Mrunmayee help me make this Marathi book. She was extremely patient throughout the duration of the project, came up with some wonderful ideas and illustrations and basically put together a beautiful e-book. I don’t think anyone else could have captured the essence of what I wanted to achieve more perfectly.”

Nidhi Jain, Director at Pride Group. 

 

She co-created Sunday Game Nights with other Enterprise Partners (students at Enterprise), to organize and host online bonding experiences for families and communities. They organized 12+ events and engaged 360+ people over a span of two years. She took the skills she built through these experiences to organizing her parents 25th anniversary virtually and hosted over 100 plus people across 45 screens.

Mrunmayee Padmagariwar

Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra

College: Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication

Subject: Media and Communication

Interests/Cares About: Mental health and Holistic Wellness; Honesty, accountability and confidence; Doing, consistency and patience

Fellowship Span: Aug 2020- Dec 2021

Fellowship Activities Sneak Peek:

Worked on 7+ projects including 5 Enterprise projects like the Green Room & #karo playdates and a client project to make an ebook of marathi poems and a project she incubated with other Partners.

Co-created Sunday Game Nights, to organize and host online bonding experiences for families and communities, organizing 12+ events and engaging 360+ people over a span of two years.

Created 2 blogs, and 2 podcasts by leveraging the monthly reflection-based content creation process (Conflexion) at the Fellowship where Partners actively learn to reflect on their learnings and feelings and harvest them into blogs, videos and/or podcasts.

Next Steps post Fellowship:

Working with the Enterprise India Team as a Brand Consultant and Project Coordinator to facilitate the engagement of students in client projects.

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