The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone

I came to join Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication in a foreign land with dreams and a lot of curiosity. This was the first time that I would be away from my parents for so long. I had a mixed bag of emotions but mostly I was apprehensive and scared to death.

Initially I thought I was intimidated by the people who were clearer about their goals and certainly had a better skill set than I but eventually I learnt more or less equally from them or as I did from the college courses. I saw people who were ambitious and passionate about what they wanted to do and had already begun working at it. There were so many people who had already started working and earning. I think SCMC took me out of the academic structure to a more professional setup which was aided by the internship programs at the end of each semester.

I believe all of our passion and ambition is derived from the others in our batch and it is inspiring, almost surreal to see people working so hard to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.

Professors like Mr. Sutanu Gupta, Mr. Yogesh Mathur and Mr. A F Mathew have brought about an irreversible change in me as an aspiring professional and as a human being. It’s funny because you think college will ‘teach’ you things, which it does, but it’s the collective experience of meeting people from all over India, staying with them and learning from them.

There were so many things that I never thought of before coming to college which I think about today. It has widened my horizon and has certainly expanded my world views. I have friends from Odisha, Mumbai and the likes and I cherish them because they have added so much to my life here at SCMC.

The knowledge may have made me a little more cynical about the dreams that I came with and about life in general but the experience has taught me how there is no substitute for hard work. I aspire to make films someday. It earlier seemed like a farfetched dream, to some extent. Still does, but I think SCMC has been successful in showing me the path to good cinema.

Article by: Priyansha Anurag Mishra (Batch of 2018)

Photograph by: Aditya Sinha (Batch of 2019)