A Dream To Change People's Lives

Student Karun Singh wants to build innovating products

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A Dream To Change People's Lives

Karun Singh wants to create innovative products in hopes of changing people's lives

Gaelle Gilles

Many people have an idea in mind of what they want to accomplish in life. Some want to find a cure deadly diseases. Others want to travel the world and see what all the fuss is about.

Kean University student Karun Singh is one of those lucky people who knows exactly what he wants to do after graduation. 

"I want to start my own company, where we build innovative products," commented Singh, a senior who will be graduating in May of 2017 with a degree in industrial design.

He mentioned that after graduation, he will be going to Parsons School of Design.

"I am going to be studying strategic design management. That can be implemented in film [as well as] business and design," Singh said. 

Singh further explained why he wants to start a company that focuses on building innovative products that he wants to change people's lives.

He wants to do something along the lines of what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs has done, "but on a down-to-earth-level...I think I just want to focus mainly on building products and then hiring people to do more of [the] engineering and technology part of it." 

In 10 years, he sees himself having an established business.

"10 years is a long time...but maybe I would like to have at least two or three products already on the market that have already made a change in the world," he said. "I think it's a huge goal for 10 years...but 10 years is a long time."

While at Kean University, Singh started three clubs on campus and was a part of six clubs. He started the photography club called Point and Shoot, the South Asian Cultural Club and the film club, which is called Cougar's in Motion. Singh is the president of both clubs.

He got into film and photography towards the start of his college career, and that is around the time the two clubs began. 

"It turns out a lot of people really do like film, and you don't realize it until you ask people 'do you want to be in a movie,'" Singh said. "Being in a film is just so fun, working together, collaborating with each other -- it teaches you a lot of things that school does't."

Singh is a self-taught videographer and photographer.

"I'm glad I am," he exclaimed, before he continued to say "I think if I went to school for that, my personal style would not be there. And I also think that my drive and motivation wouldn't be there...I learned it all on my own. Photography, film, lighting, everything. I exposed myself because I found it as a hobby, but I turned it into something bigger than that."

As a result of his hobby, he made a documentary film on LGBT with a classmate of his and entered the video into an LGBT film festival.

Singh also spoke to high school students and those who feel they are struggling with their sexuality.

"Before gay marriage was legalized, my friends, who were heavily involved, dragged me and said let’s go to high schools and talk to kids who are struggling with this. And that’s what we did," he said.

They went to the high schools and talked with students about gay rights among other things. 

Not only that, but Singh and one of his friends went to the communities of Newark to talk to students to "let them know that just because you [may] come from a poor area doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be here for the rest of your life. Don’t let the world decide who you are." 

It may seem as if there is no time in any day to do so much, but Singh proves that there is; 24 hours may seem long, but life is short. Every day should count for something.