I was overwhelmed but not afraid

Becoming a sophomore in college is one of the biggest transitions a young adult will make. Having completed one and a half years at SCMC, I have some more insight on the differences of college and high school, and I have also learned some things along the way. The most important thing I have learnt is the importance of a stage, an opportunity. First week into college and we were seated in a massive hall with the stage conquered by the most talented people of the college. Yes, I am talking about Maadhyam, 2016. Sitting in those blue seats, I saw the spark in the eyes of the performers having the zeal and confidence to go up on the stage and talk like they lead the masses. I saw the brightest spark in the eyes of my senior, Shayonnita, who, with logic and her professional demeanour swept away the words from our history professor, Mr. Sagar Kamath. You could see me clapping with a 1000 – watt smile the moment she ended her argument and I knew I could do this too.

I collected my courage and auditioned for Maadhyam, 2017. No one in my life had ever told me what it takes to excel in a mass communication college, where each and every person around you is better than you in a billion other ways and striving for the same goal. It’s intimidating. But what are the odds? I got selected for the event. And from then on, there was absolutely no hurdle strong enough to scare me away.

All world’s a stage and it was ShowTime!

The day of the event, I sit next to Mr. Sagar Kamath, our esteemed history professor, addressing a hall of 500 people who are looking forward to what I have to say. I was overwhelmed but not afraid. I go up to the podium and address the crowd like I lead the masses. I was on the other side of the table and no one had ever told me how difficult it would be to swallow the butterflies and say what I was there to say. I was leading the proposition for the topic ‘Historical Revisionism’ and stated the ethical issues that it carries with itself. My argument was based on logic and principle, but most importantly, I believed in it. The end of the day saw a winner, who won over her inhibitions and knew exactly what she wanted to do – use her voice to make a difference.

Article by- Ankita Chawla (Batch of 2019)

Photograph by – Anonymous