As of May 20th 2008, I officially hold a Master’s in Public Policy and International affairs 😀
The reason perhaps I savor this moment so much is because it has taken me a while to get here. The interesting part about this whole journey is that I did not know I would be here. Simply because I have always been a science girl. I had pure science in high school. Pure science was – Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, and Physics. I did reasonably well. I went to get an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and internedfor a month or two in a biomedical department in a hospital. It is wierd how one small decision can have this dramatic change in your life that you wake up one morning wondering what the **** were you thinking.
I have always had a passion for history and politics. Hard not to, when the family’s most active conversations revolved around that. I have heard that it is not genteel to talk about religion and politics to strangers or people outside family. Well, then, my family was anything but genteel. All they talked about was history, religion and politics. My whole childhood revolved around the ‘Gandhi” family. I was a toddler when Indira Gandhi died and my father tells me stories of how we went around helping people escape from blood- thirsty people. I was woken up from deep anaesthesia induced sleep at a ridiculous hour of the morning when Rajiv died and sat through a whole conversation of what next…and I was in my really early teens. I know a lot of people go through these phases and have more actively participated in politics and such, but my point is I never realized what the impact would be on me.
I came here having absolutely no knowledge of where I was going. I am not kidding, when I tell you that it took me all of 2 hrs to make a decision that I now realize has changed my life forever. I cam here a little lost, hungry and with enormous dreams to make a life worth talking about. I found out about this school by getting lost, applied on the day of the deadline and got in 2 years after coming here and stretching myself thin. The moment I stepped into the first day of class, I knew I had come home. It is a difficult feeling to explain. It is not that I knew what I wanted, I only had a dream of what I wanted. I did not how which roads led there, I just followed with blind faith that the road I picked would go there. i just had my passion and desperate need to realize my dreams. I am here now, loving every moment of it and will kick and scream and punch if anyone dares to budge me or push me around.
I graduated as the “Outstanding Graduate student”, member of “Pi Sigma Alpha” and an honor student. I also gave the Graduate Student Address during the commencement.
This foot has just put on another shoe!!!!!!!