I was a commerce student and the only college I applied had a very high cut-off list. Though I was in the range, but 5% was deducted from my score as I didn’t have maths in 12th standard. It was a rule in Punjab University back in 1999. Bottom line was I had no good college on my platter. There was only one option - take Bachelors of Arts, instead of Commerce. I always wanted to study in a good college. With no other alternative available, and with a very heavy heart, I went for it. So, I did BA from MCM DAV College, Chandigarh. After the physical pain, this was an emotional agony. I saw my friends in Commerce section and myself in the other. As we all know Arts don’t command respect in our country, post recovery I got angry and directionless.
My family doesn’t believe in cribbing and in submitting to the failures. Plus, they believe in fixing things. My mother is against brooding. Acting as a pillar of strength, everyone told me to do something to make up for the lost opportunity. It was then, I decided to pursue CS. With the support of my family, I excelled at it. I am a rank holder in CS. I am among the top 25 students who cleared the exams. I worked hard, but it was my family who helped to channelise my energy and gave me a gentle push in the right direction. And, made me strong. I learned the best lessons of my life in that tough phase. After three years when all my friends were graduates, I was a graduate with a professional degree to my credit.