Jennice Singh - Haldwani, Uttarakhand India Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Permik Kenovin Issue 22 Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Dr.Jennice Singh (h.c.)-( she don't prefer using Dr. Though!) Published author at age 16 after 2 years of self initiated intensive archaeology research Author of Asia's First Non fictional Research Based Book on Egyptian Mummy Youngest Indian who can read and write Hieroglyphs Honorary Doctorate at age 16 for contribution in Archaeology Famous on Tumblr for poetry, won many awards for the same Done field work with famous Archaeologists. Currently employed at Leiden University as MOOC professor for 'Osteoarchaeology' and 'The Rooseveltian Century' ICHW 2019 Top 100 most influential people.
Tell us a little bit about your career and achievements up to this point. I published my book titled Unknown Man- E after two years of self-initiated intensive research at the age of 16. The book turned out to be India’s and Asia’s First Non-Fictional Research Based book on Egyptian Mummy, and I received Honorary Doctorate for my work. I have done various courses from the MOOC platform, Coursera, and even worked as a Coursera mentor for the Leiden University. I studied Hieroglyphics under British Archaeologist Charlotte Booth and turned out to be the Youngest Indian who can read and write Hieroglyphics. Except this, my poetry career on Tumblr has become quite eminent as my poems are frequently published in various literary magazines around the globe. Fortunately, I will be attending a volunteer Excavation organized by Israel Science Foundation this July in Israel, and am the only Indian candidate selected.
What made you start to write? How do you think of ideas of what to write about? I began drafting my book when I was 15, but it was only a research analysis, and therefore I do not consider it as the beginning of my writing career. I wrote my first actual piece of poetry on September 24th, 2017 after my best friend died in a car crash a day before. I posted this poem on Tumblr, titled PALACE OF ILLUSION, and the kind of response that I received, further prompted me to write more frequently. Most of my ideas are generally singular words which many Tumblr accounts post as monthly prompts. Other than that, I imagine various situations by myself and write accordingly!
How did you feel when you became the author of Asia's First Non fictional Research Based Book on the Egyptian Mummy? ‘Happy’ is a very short word to describe the sense of excitement I felt when I unpacked the courier I received from Asia Book of Records. It was as if all my hard work paid off!!!
Tells us about your experiences with being enrolled at Leiden University as a MOOC professor for Osteoarchaeology and The Rooseveltian Century. It was a great thing to experience because many of the other MOOC professors were university professors and associates, who were very much experienced and obviously knew much more about the course subjects than me. And the best part is that everyone was strictly instructed to treat me like other MOOC participants irrespective of the fact that I was the youngest of them. This really increased my self- confidence and made me believe that with my work and expertise, I can equal people thrice my age and position.
What is the ICHW 2019 Top 100 award? Why do you think you received this award? The ICHW 2019 Top 100 award was awarded to 100 international record breakers of 2019 from different fields. I had three different nominations and one of them was the ‘Youngest Indian who can read and write Hieroglyphics’, for which I received the award. I guess the main reason for my name to be announced up there was that Hieroglyphics is a unique and ancient language, and not many people today practice it. So the fact that a 16 year old girl not only learned that sacred language but also implied it in her own research to translate various Egyptian inscriptions was different for them to come through with.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? The only piece of advice that I would give to anybody who want to achieve something in their life is that do what you want to do. Do not let anyone, not even your parents, talk you out of it. There will be highs and lows in this journey but have faith and focus. You might not be good today, but one day you will be better at it- and that’s when you will realize that it was all worth it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I am a very much career-oriented person. I aspire to be an Archaeologist, so I guess that 5 years from now I would probably be holding my Master’s degree in archaeology and about to begin with my doctorate studies in the same subject. I also hope that the poetry book I am currently working on is loved by readers and critics. But 5 years is a very long time, and none of us can be certain about how the tables turn, but I know for sure, that I will experience a lot of new things in all these years and became an even better person than I am today!
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? The one characteristic of mine which many people claim to be inspiring is that I am very focused and determined, and I would go to the end of the world to achieve what I desire. I am a very straight forward person, so I always speak up when I feel that the timing, place and people hearing me are suitable as per the topic of conversation.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I guess that I work better and am more focused when I have a lot on my plate. I am a multitasking person so if you will give me one thing to do at a time, I will somehow bring two entirely different things to work upon at the same time. I know it sounds a bit awkward, but it is my way of not losing my focus and it also helps me to regularly check my capabilities.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I love cooking and experimenting new stuff on regular basis.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? Only a very few people know that I am an artist. I sketch or paint for all my poetries and other writings and am also looking out to start my song writing business, though I have yet not received a very fruitful deal.
Pizza or Tacos? Pizza(s!) I have never tasted Tacos in my entire life, but I don’t think it can be better than Pizza!!!!
3 Things on your bucket list I have never created any bucket list, because I am always open to new experiences. But I can certainly list at least 3 from my to –do- list: 1. I want to give lectures in Harvard 2. I want be one of the biggest name in the field of Archaeology and uncover the mysteries that are hidden from us, and buried deep down for centuries. 3. A world tour for me and my mom
Anything else you’d like to tell us? I faced a lot rejection and hatred from my community, friends, teachers and even my family, when I told them that I aspire to be an Archaeologist, because it is such an alien concept in my country. My mother and my work have been basically the only factors that helped me go through all the rough times, and now when I look back, when I look at everyone who once asked me to stop (and some still do), I feel privileged that I kept going and saved myself from drowning in the mud which is made up of the restrictions and orthodox conceptions that our society has set up.
Jennice will be featured in Issue 22 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!