#AshokaIsForAll: Navigating Education and Opportunities
The backbone of my experience here was undoubtedly the financial assistance that allowed me and my family to be at ease and focus on the education and freedom that Ashoka provides, writes Purujit Banwasi
I hail from Bengaluru, and I studied at The Valley School, KFI. I come from a family with strong ties to the education sector. My parents managed Montessori schools in the city before the pandemic, and they now oversee an event venue while remaining engaged in teacher training and teaching. This family background, along with the educational philosophy I imbibed at The Valley School, KFI, played a pivotal role in steering me towards Ashoka University.
At Ashoka, I initially pursued a major in Psychology but eventually switched to a major in English and Media Studies while maintaining a concentration in Psychology. The decision to switch was influenced by the excellent English faculty and the rich learning opportunities that the university offers, coupled with the department’s rigorous approach to learning and education.
Ashoka University’s Financial Aid played a pivotal role in making my Undergraduate education a reality. Without this support, attending the university would have been an uphill battle given my family’s financial situation.
Looking ahead, I view my education at Ashoka as a springboard for both my career and personal goals. It has bolstered my confidence, equipping me to tackle the challenges that life may throw my way.
For prospective students and those concerned about financing their education, my advice is to make the most of the freedom and holistic approach that Ashoka offers, whether during the application process, course selection, club participation, or even creating your own schedules. However, it’s important to remember that it’s ultimately your responsibility to maximise these opportunities and maintain a healthy balance between your social life, academics, extracurricular activities, and, most importantly, spending time with yourself. One of my fondest memories at Ashoka revolves around my role as President of The Green Room, the university’s theatre club. This experience allowed me to pursue my passion not only as an actor but also in the administrative and organisational aspects of theatre. Overall, my journey at Ashoka has been immensely fruitful and transformative, thanks to the opportunities the University provides.
The backbone of my experience here was undoubtedly the financial assistance that allowed me and my family to be at ease and focus on the education and freedom that Ashoka provides.
(Written by Purujit Banwasi, a student of the undergraduate programme 2024, majoring in English and Media Studies, at Ashoka University)