Sudeeksha Bhati, daughter of a farmer residing in a small village of Bulandshahr district, received a 100% scholarship to the Babson College, Massachusetts, USA.
Despite belonging to a small village where most of the kids don’t even get the opportunity to receive an education, it was Sudeeksha’s good fortune to receive a proper education and her hard work that paid off. She topped her district in the CBSE class 12 examination with a score of 98% and won the scholarship to the Babson College.
The Humanities student scored a perfect 100 in History and Economics, and 99 in Geography.
Although Sudeeksha’s journey wasn’t a cake-walk. Being a first generation learner she had to overcome not only financial but social barriers. But, nothing could stop her from chasing her dreams.
Sudeeksha, a student of VidyaGyan School shared the story of her journey in an interview with the NDTV. She said, “The biggest hurdle was of limited finance. I was expelled from a private school when I was 9 years old as my father could not pay the fee after which I took admission in the village primary school. This did not go down well with my family and relatives as it was against the custom in my community to send a girl child to study.”
“So, I faced financial challenges while also having to deal with issues and reservations stemming from my gender. When I scored well in my class 5 exams and secured admission in VidyaGyan, I gained my family’s support too. I started ‘Voice of Women’ initiative a small door-to-door campaign in my village and neighboring areas to convince parents to send their girls to schools and also campaign against eve teasing.” She added.
Talking to the NDTV she explained that it was her dream to study in the US and it was her determination and hard work that had paid off. She was actively involved in various activities all through her senior school years and had attended summer programs like Duke TIP (in India) and Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (Lehigh University, USA).
While asked about what message she wanted to give to the present class 12 students, Sudeeksha said, “Never ever give up. Solve practice papers, analyse previous years’ papers and practice speed writing for those who write slowly and have time constraint during exams. Be attentive during lectures. Self-study is instrumental. Do not let distractions like TV, mobile etc. distract you. It is possible only if you have a purpose in your mind and are determined enough to accomplish that.”
Known to the fact that it is not an easy task to fulfill her dreams, Sudeeksha never gave up. She was determined to achieve what she wanted and put in efforts to make it work. Kudos to her indomitable spirit!