But learning at Sriram and the way in which I was taught- succint, precise, concise, thought-provoking yet encouraging us at every single step to be independent, to do things on our own- somehow, all these factors combined and day by day, my aim changed, gained conviction. My goal went from being on the Sriram tentative list to being AIR-1. This was helped along by the ceaseless efforts of my teachers, the myriad topics discussed and covered, the innumerable mock papers and lastly, and the most precious by far, the ability to manage my time, both inside and outside an examination hall.
Today, I'm not AIR-1, but that is due to negligence on my part, not Sriram's. AIR-2 is not exactly bad either, however, my time with Sriram has convinced me that my best is yet to come, that I can achieve greater heights. That I too, have the potential to be the numero uno.
I join IIT Madras on 29th July, 2013. From that day on, a new phase in my life starts. A phase that shall change me forever, just as my experience with Sriram has changed me in small, imperceptible ways, forever. But I know now, that when I enter that great institute of learning, I carry with me, within me, a heretofore dormant thirst for knowledge and for being the best I can.
HSEE was not my only triumph; I was ranked 170th in CLAT, thus topping in the state of Chhattisgarh. While it feels absolutely wonderful to have gotten in, my priority has always been HSEE and I plan to pursue a career in Humanities.
Today people call me up to know more about HSEE. In my small town of Bhilai, where earlier engineering and medicine were the be all and end all, I'm a pioneer of sorts, having paved a path for all those others like me out there, who are hopelessly drawn to history and the ilk, and can't make head or tails of physics and chemistry. I've referred Sriram to as many as asked me, and expect an great increment in the number of students applying for HSEE in future.
The first day of my crash course, I remember being told that IIT or getting into one, was not the end of the world. But it is, in a way, the end of the world for me. The end of the world as i know it, and on to new beginnings. And for that, I owe both Sriram and my parents, neither of which debts I can ever repay. But what I can do, and have done, is spread the word among the younger generations, among those yet to come up, so that they too may have the same opportunities that I had, so that they too may have a shot at a future like mine.
A future which shines, gleams, glitters and dazzles with all the promise of a flawless, 5-carat D-grade colourless diamond in the rough, just waiting to be polished, at the gemcutter's table.
From now and forever more