"My attachment to being a Kaur streams into every aspect of my life. I am adamant that Kaur be used in reference to my name. Meaning rather than just referring to me as Kanwalnain, I want to be referred to as Kanwalnain Kaur. I think this adamancy is because Kaur was left off my original passport, so I wanted to ensure people knew the full story about me. Being a Kaur empowers me as a person, it gives me a sort of stamp…everything I do and represent is embodied and ensures I do things to the best of my ability. This desire to prove myself and set the record straight has been a confidence booster and has motivated me to go outside my comfort zone. I have been a radio show host since I was in Grade 6 and I have to say the whole experience has taught me so much. My show focuses on youth and engaging them in dialogue. Its been nearly a decade for the show and I could be cliche and talk about all the ways I have impacted the community. The feedback from youth and parents has been great, but from an introspective angle, the show has enabled me to blossom. At first, the learning curve of the technical aspects was challenging. I would script out every minute of the show, which left the show sounding stiff and robotic. As the months and years progressed, I have the confidence to speak off the cuff…engage in thought provoking issues and dialogue. Now the show is authentically me, when I speak and engage from the heart, more youth are interested to share their own thoughts and feelings. I have to say doing the show during my teenage years was a challenge at times. There were days when I wanted to skip going into the studio, but since I was committed, I went anyways. It was those days that I was provided examples of helping someone or learning that I love public speaking and connecting with people. In truth, I feel we wait, especially as Kaurs (because of sometimes limiting circumstances) for something to come to us. However, I feel we need to open doors and have initiative to aim high, so that when we do land, we land somewhere along the way. Part of this process has been doing things from my own perspective and ensuring that I understand who I am and what I stand for. I realize that will change as I grow wiser, but at this time, I feel to be a Kaur, one must understand the phrases associated with being a Kaur. I feel its my own personal responsibility to demystify the phrases connected to being a Kaur, for me. I believe you can’t identify as a Kaur if you don’t what it means. Our purpose to me should be to find the Kaur in ourselves."