The Beginning of a New Journey

I look back and realize how much these previous six months have changed me, needless to say, guided me towards my purpose in life

Communication, persuasion and presentation have always been my strong suits. Coupling this with my passion to use my writing to make a difference to the world, I was always driven towards Mass Communication as a programme to pursue my career in. I wasn’t sure if I would qualify for the top mass communication college in India, and when the merit list was announced, I was as nervous as I was excited to take on this new journey.

Leaving the sheltered nest that my home was, I flew to Pune – optimistic but curious. The student mentor programme by SCMC was a gesture that helped calm a bunch of fluttering nerves. There were rounds of inductions and orientations before classes began. Stepping into the college on the first day, I said to myself, as my favourite character, Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. would say, “Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re going to love it.”

Something that SCMC has taught me is that the “real world’ is not a cushion of roses and we have to fight our way through if we want to leave our mark. Here, we are treated like adults and are expected to behave accordingly. All of us were still trying to find our place in this new atmosphere and all the rules regarding dress code, code of conduct, submissions and tests, overwhelmed us. Now that I am at the start of my second semester, I look back and realize how much these previous six months have changed me, needless to say, guided me towards my purpose in life. Even though I am still learning, I can proudly call myself a responsible adult now.

Whatever I have learnt from my time at SCMC has made me a more disciplined, focused and aware person. It has made me believe that things will definitely change for the better in the coming years.

Article by: Sonaali Malhotra (Batch of 2020)

Photograph by: Mr. Swapnil Yadav (Staff at SCMC)

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