“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are, but our choices.”
Most of those who know me will also know that I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, or well, as a matter of fact, of J K Rowling! As the headmaster rightly said, our choices are what truly matter, and today, as I enter into my final year of undergraduate studies, I feel very blessed to have chosen St. Mary’s as my platform to show the world what I’m capable of! When I graduate and hit the competitive world outside, I will not only excel but also make my mentors proud.
My story is no different from that of any other introvert kid who struggled to live life to the fullest. In fact, when I turn back and look, I think I over-did things in my high-school to impress people around and yet, I was disappointed during most of my late teenage.
One random day after I joined the college, when I sat down with some ordinary stuff, it hit me that life is short, and anything could happen, and usually does! It dawned on me that there is no point in sitting around and thinking about all ifs and buts. I decided to give up worrying about what people around me think and what their expectations about me are! As I started to focus on where I could excel and make a difference, I became happier and truer to my real self!
There was one phase in my life when nothing went my way, but I never lost hope. Then something great happened. I got selected for an internship program in a global company! That certainly was a game changer for me. I have never been the same after that internship!
I’m grateful to my college for providing such exposure to the students. I know I’m not the only one who has benefited from the internship opportunities that the college provided. Every single student who has done an internship has truly been transformed. Yet, in my case, from the lows I have been, the internship opportunity catapulted me to where I’m today! As they say, change is hard at first, messy in the middle, but gorgeous in the end. My only one advice for a person who wants to change is this: Be patient with yourself!
Today, I’m ready to face any situation that I’m put into. Those who have known me for a while notice two huge differences in me: I’m far more confident and I’ve clarity in my thinking and decision-making. This very write-up, the fact that I chose to write for this blog at the earliest opportunity, is proof of those changes.
To my juniors who are looking forward to three years of pure awesomeness at St Mary’s College, I have only one thing to say: Never limit yourself by what others think you can, because when you look back, you do not want regrets in life! The truth is that you can surprise, not just others, but you yourself by what you can accomplish in these three years!