So we are back in action. The windows are open at CG. Here is the first of our series of articles by CLATGyanners. Do write in to firstname.lastname@example.org -Sandipan De.
The Three mistakes of ‘MY’ life…..
SUCCESS IS GOING FROM FAILURE TO FAILURE WITHOUT THE LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM-ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
It was with this thought in mind that I took a leap of faith last year. Yes I took a “Drop”. Some of you may be able to identify with that feeling…the decision to take a drop and write CLAT…..
Let’s flash back to May 2009. The 10th board results. I got a pretty decent score and I decided like the rest of the herd to plunge into science. I was confused, not sure, I even remember thinking “would it even be cool if I took commerce?”.
So unaware of the the quagmire I was stepping into I signed up for it. (Mistake no 1)
Now I am in my science class and everything I mean everything is flying right by over my head.” Kya karen ye to hona hi tha”.
I should have understood my aptitude. Now I can’t stand physics or chemistry or maths and here I am in a situation where that is all I have to do!!! :O
But still, like the fool I was, I stuck with it and so you can guess the 12th boards were A DISASTER!!!!
Enter May of 2010….A barrage of entrance exams were raining down upon me: IIT,BITS,AIEEE,VIT and what not and I was unsure “I spent 2 years studying science and won’t it be a waste if I go for law?? ” (Mistake no 2)
But I still wrote CLAT….prepared for only 3 days( I know “duh,stupid”)….
Cut back to May 2010. CLAT results, scored 126 ranked 1000 something and I was heart-broken for an exam I had doubts about writing.
Those 3 days had showed me what I should have been doing.
So obviously I didn’t get into any NLU’s but I did get in to NIRMA law school and I went for a engineering college down south. (Mistake no 3)
Cut to august 2010. I am in my college. I hated it, absolutely hated it. I felt suffocated and trapped, felt like I was being forced to study the same subjects I detested.
That one month in college made me realise the three mistakes of MY life (Apologies, to Chetan Bhagat).
I came back home for holidays and told my parents “I can’t do this”. And my parents being as great as they are said “Son. It’s your life, do what you like, do what you love. We shall always support you “.
So spurred by my sudden hunger to actually achieve something and with my parents’ support I joined LST with a fresh outlook towards life dreaming of what I could now achieve in 5 years– my life of learning and doing something I love.
Now I had taken a drop, along with it comes a complimentary taunt and smirk package which enables every person to sneer and laugh!!
I vividly remember when I was getting my admission cancelled the Clerk asked me what my plan was.
I replied , “Sir, I want to do Law.”
He looks at me and start’s laughing “Hahaha…..why are you doing all this…Look at that guy over their..(points to his colleague)….he has a law degree…now look at him…is this what you want to become??”
I said :”Aren’t you both doing the same job”
The smile wiped of his face like the light from a fused bulb.
(I guess he didn’t expect me to be smart because I was kicking engineering and taking law :P)
So every time, every taunt was recorded and used as an catalyst for the first time in my life I studied like I had always wanted to and I had FUN!!!
Now it wasn’t all fun. It had its ups, downs, twists and bends but hey that’s Life!!
I had a lot of help and support my friends, tuitions and CLATgyan ofcourse.
And back to NOW
CLAT 2011 is OVER…..What a rollercoaster of an year it has been… I know the paper was tough and most of us were sad and disappointed that they weren’t able to complete the paper, and I don’t know if I will get in or not (I sure hope I do!!) but now I know WHAT I want and how to GET it and I think that is what is important.
I have finally understood what Sandipan always says “None is greater than what you can become.”
The very fact that I have found what my aim is going to be and the fact that I want to be the BEST at it, is I think my true success.
So ladies and gentlemen, the paper is done, the die has been rolled and it’s no longer in our control.
So let’s TRY and relax and have fun. I think we have deserved it.
For the results well Mithun Chakraborty couldn’t have put it in a more better way.
“WAQT SE PEHLE AUR KISMET SE JYAADA NA KISI KO KUCH KABHI MILA HAI NA MILEGA”