For most of us, getting a college degree seems like just a natural process. Getting into a good college is the only major problem. But we often forget that there are some, for whom getting that degree too is a herculean task!
For this Mumbai girl, life changed when she joined college. Narrating her story to Humans of Bombay, she spoke how her family struggled financially. “While I was still in college, my family was going through financial difficulties. My father suggested that I get a job,” she said.
“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,” she added.
To help her family financially she started participating in competitions with prize money. Finding a part-time job was difficult since she didn’t have a degree. “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,” she said.
“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!”, she spoke about the turning point in her life.
However, a long road laid ahead of her. “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!” she explained.
Her parents were worried about her health and wanted her to quit college but she was sure about her decision. “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,” she said.
The day had finally come when her hard work and unwavering spirit bore fruit. “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.’” she said.