"As a kid, my parents gave me a very cosy childhood and fulfilled all my wishes. I was an average student in school, but I took a keen interest in playing cricket and badminton. During my 10th standard preparatory leave, I was sent to my sister’s place in Mumbai where she was pursuing her Masters course. It was my sister who guided me to make a monthly planner and study through charts and illustrations and every day after she got home from college, she would question me, on what I studied. Finally, after so many efforts by my family, I did come out with flying colors (smiles). This was the time, I recognized the importance of planning before beginning any work.
I went on to pursue Engineering away from home. I did get homesick as this was my first step out of my comfort zone and I missed home. But as it is said, friends are a home away from home, my friends helped me overcome that feeling and supported me to take on engineering with a smile. During my stay at the hostel, I valued the importance of minute things which I took for granted when I was at home like getting breakfast ready on the table, a clean room, clothes sorted and everything in place without doing anything myself. I started appreciating my mother’s care and was thankful for it – all this made me a stronger, more responsible and a more mature person. I comprehended, that after coming out of the comfort zone, anything might go wrong at any time and you need to stay alert and be responsible for your actions. In my final year of engineering, just before my exams my dad was unwell and I had to stay at home to manage things as well as study for my exam. It was my turn to be the pillar of strength to my parents.
However, I had many ups and downs in my college life and always learnt from my mistakes. These made me strong and taught me to be brave and face any situation, however tough it may be. I started enjoying the varied experiences I had, and learnt something from all of them. I also valued how important it was to challenge yourself and come out of your comfort zone to achieve a higher goal, each time. Now I believe, tough times don’t last, but tough people do!"