Everyone has a dream college, as did I. I always wanted to be in Delhi University, but this college was definitely not it. After never having a great school life, I was naturally very anxious about how my college life would turn out. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I remember coming home crying and sulking all throughout my first week in college. I had higher expectations and different goals and walking into this college, I felt like everything was going contrary to what I had planned initially.
I always knew I had to be a part of a co-curricular club, so I joined the western dance society, street play society and debating society — but could only be a part of one of them, so I chose to dance. A couple of weeks in, my knee got severely injured, and I was put on bed rest for two months. Losing those 2 months of my college life was definitely dismal, and I couldn’t be a part of the co-curriculars anymore because of how terrible the knee injury was.
So in my second year, I joined the Finance & Investment Cell and Commerce Department. I had to buckle down hard all throughout my second year so that I could prove myself worthy of taking up leading positions for the next year, and I can proudly say, it didn’t go in vain. I ended up leading teams in both.
Soon enough, we were all hit by the pandemic and the country went into lockdown. While everyone was going through various issues, I too was fighting my inner demons. Being low all the time, due to personal reasons, nothing seemed to cheer me up. Everything around the world was so chaotic and nothing seemed to be going in order; everyone’s life had come to a standstill.
The news headlines would flash a rapid rise in the number of domestic violence cases against women and of the poor struggling for mere survival. Watching these things on the news gave a strong urge inside me to do something to be able to help them. It was a restless energy inside me that made me want to help them. This is what drove me to start my very own Girl Up Club, Girl Up Imkaan (@girlup.imkaan). With the assistance of our club’s members, we have been able to help around a thousand people get through their days with basic requirements such as food, clothes and footwear. Imkaan really broadened my insight in terms of issues surrounding women in India and in other parts of the world.
Amidst all of the ups and downs, I have fallen and picked myself up. Through it all, my college friends have stood by me and been my pillars of strength. To top that, I’ve had extremely supportive teachers as well. I am grateful for everything that Janki Devi Memorial College has given me and I’ll forever be thankful for those who convinced me to reject the transfer opportunity to a more recognised college. Everything happens for a reason, right?
As the end of my final year approaches, I’ve learned that one should never lose hope and should make the best out of whatever they have instead of criticizing it. One can never know when life could take a turn, and they may just wind up in a better place compared to what they had formerly envisioned.
From not being able to tell people proudly which college I studied in to not wanting my college life to come to an end, I have changed completely, for the better.
Kaashni Kapoor Final year, B.Com (Hons),
Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University
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- FAILURE, BETRAYAL, GETTING MISLED and anything that has to do with giving up has never stopped me from putting my foot into things that fascinate me – Ayushi Baaliyan, College of Vocational Studies, DU
- When times are low, you can lead life two ways; you either become your biggest motivator or the destructor – Niharika Singh Ahlawat, Maitreyi College, DU & OP Jindal University
- I had my share of ups and downs in college but at the end, good people were the ones who stayed by my side. – Manvi Anand , Maitreyi College , DU