I always wanted to be an Engineer, but to my bad luck, the year I had to join the University increased the tuition fees for merit seats from INR 18,000 to INR 32,000. That was not affordable. One of my close family members owns a Charitable Trust, so I met them and requested for a scholarship. After completing legal formalities, which included writing a letter explaining that I have a single parent who cannot afford the high fees, so I need financial aid. It hurt me, to write about my helplessness to my own blood relation.
During counseling I managed to get a merit seat in Electronics & Communication (I selected this branch of Engineering as I heard it was the most difficult, silly me) but my happiness was short lived. Government called off this counseling and announced for a new one by reducing the number of already minimum merit seats and increasing the fee structure to INR 58,000.
So I was back to requesting, explaining and rewriting the letter, literally begging.
I joined Engineering in 2004, found it extremely difficult to attend all the classes, I was not the studious kind. I felt totally out of place amidst all nerdy students. I had to put efforts to stay awake during the class. I thought I did a huge mistake my joining this professional course. I would curse myself for not knowing what Engineering really was before getting in.
My first semester results were out, I was just hoping to pass. What I saw, was totally unexpected I had scored 78% - FCD( First Class with Distinction), among top 20 students.
Don't ask me how, all I can tell is I didn't copy/cheat, I couldn't because the supervision was strict and rules were stringent.
|Few of my Engineering Classmates !|