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Shivani Verma Student, Patna

"I want a better campus than the one that offered me a seat this year. I have decided to drop a year after not getting into my dream college. Many well-wishers have advised me to take admission in any college which has offered a seat. They worry that later I may not get the options that I have now. I understand that my family wants to create a security net around me and so the non-risky suggestions pour in from everywhere. There are moments when even I give into doubt, but my elder sister always tells me not to crumble under the pressure. Dropping a year has been a common trend but many people are still not comfortable with the idea.

It is a way of life to drop a year after high school in the West. Youngsters explore and experiment with their lives during this time and often refer to it as the most adventurous phase. For many, it is the time when they take the first mouthful of life as an independent individual. However, in India, when we drop a year after high school, we are encouraged to not waste time and grab the first option life throws at us.

Five years from now, I don’t want to regret about giving up on my dreams so casually. I am young and I have literally nothing to lose. A year here or a year there wouldn’t matter in the long run.

It is one of the happiest time of my life. The feeling of not being in a hurry 24x7 is incredible. I realise that earlier I would always be in a rush and cut short my conversations with my parents. I would rarely spend quality time with people I love and like. But these days, I have a routine which accommodates the peaceful time I spend with my family and friends..I am doing everything I couldn’t do in the past few years due to my hectic schedule at school. I have started to care about my fitness and skin. I am at peace and able to include meditation and introspection in my daily routine. I feel grounded.

I don’t know what is going to happen next year, but I am sure about feeling content about making a decision and sticking to it. It fills me up with confidence that I have ability to look after myself.”


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