How far can you go for education?
Many of us have been fortunate to have had the opportunities of studying in good schools, colleges and higher education institutes. But even today, getting a degree may be a distant dream for many. Sometimes due to societal stereotypes that claim education is of no value for their gender and at other times financial troubles that dictate the need to make ends meet outweigh the ‘cost’ of getting your dream degree.
This story is about one such young Mumbaikar who fought all odds to complete her education. Her story of grit and determination to turn her life around is moving netizens.
Narrating her story to the Humans of Bombay, the young woman says:
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“While I was still in college, my family was going through financial difficulties. My father suggested that I get a job — girls from my background often give up their education to start working, but one thing I was sure of was that I would get a degree, come what may.
I began to participate in any competition that offered prize money — from dance to theatre, I did it all. Then I began to apply for part-time jobs — I faced countless rejections because I hadn’t even graduated yet. But I couldn’t give up — if I had to continue my education, I needed to find a solution.
Finally, I got an interview with Brand Factory. I gave myself a pep talk in the mirror before leaving and just poured my heart out to the employer. I promised her that while I would continue studying, I would give my 100% at work — she immediately agreed! Then began my routine — work shifts, college, homework, helping out at home and then work again — my days were sometimes 15 hours, but I had so much fire in me that I could have worked all 24!
My parents were worried about my health…they told me to give up college and just focus on work because I was doing so well. But I made them understand — all the women in my family gave up studying to work at some point, but where did that lead them? They took up odd jobs, got married and started families…but a woman doesn’t have to choose — she could do both, and I was determined to prove that.
The day I had my HR degree in my hand, I felt like I had finally broken the cycle — I was a graduate and got promoted to assistant HR manager! When I went home and gave my degree to my father, I’ll never forget what he said to me – ‘People always pray for a son, but today you’ve shown that a daughter can quietly answer all your prayers.’”
It is stories like these that prove no goal is too distant to achieve if you are willing to go the extra mile. So work hard in silence and dream big. Your success will make the noise!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)