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#GraduateStories: Beyond the Field and Classroom

Neeta Kumari is a part of the graduating batch of the Ashoka Scholars Programme this year

“The Ashoka experience was more than just a chapter in my life; it was a transformative journey that shaped the person I am today. When I first arrived, it felt like stepping into a whole new world, full of exciting possibilities and challenges. Football at Ashoka transcended being just a sport; it became a way of life. Joining the women’s football team was like finding a second family. Together, we shared laughter, tears, and growth, not only as athletes but as individuals united by our love for the game. The honor of being appointed co-captain was a defining moment, thrusting me out of my comfort zone and into a leadership role that tested and strengthened me in ways I never imagined. Yet, it wasn’t only the on-field experiences that defined my time at Ashoka. It was the moments spent off the field, bonding over shared meals in the dining hall or embarking on spontaneous adventures with friends, that truly enriched my Ashoka experience. These moments forged lasting friendships and created memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart. As I look back on my journey, I am grateful for the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the growth experienced at Ashoka. It was there that I was shaped into a better version of myself, equipped to face the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead with confidence and resilience. Ashoka will always be more than just a chapter in my life; it will be the foundation upon which I build my future.

My time in class at Ashoka University had its ups and downs. At first, I found it tough because I was shy and didn’t feel confident speaking up. But things started to change when I began going to office hours with my professors. They helped me understand things better and boosted my confidence, especially when it came to assignments. One place that really made a difference for me was the Center for Writing and Communication. They helped me with everything from organising my essays to fixing my grammar mistakes. It was like having a personal coach for my writing skills. Overall, my in-class experience at Ashoka was a journey of growth. I went from being too shy to participate to feeling more confident in expressing my thoughts and ideas. With the support of my professors and resources like the Center for Writing and Communication, I was able to overcome my challenges and become a better student.

Reflecting on my time at Ashoka University, I have gained some valuable lessons from both my peers and faculty that I plan to carry forward with me. One significant insight I learned from my peers is the importance of balancing academics with fun. They showed me that it’s not just about studying all the time; having fun is crucial too. It helps us stay focused on our work and gives our minds a break from the heavy workload. Another important lesson came from my football team. Before, I used to feel too shy to ask for help when I needed it. But being part of the team taught me that everyone is there to support each other, and all I have to do is ask. Whether it’s editing essays, resumes, or anything else, I now have the confidence to seek help when I need it. These two lessons have had a big impact on me, and I plan to carry them forward wherever I go. Balancing work with fun and being unafraid to ask for help are skills that will serve me well in both my personal and professional life. They’ve taught me the importance of collaboration, self-care, and the power of reaching out when I need assistance.

As someone who’s been through it, here’s some advice for new students at Ashoka University: Firstly, explore! Take a variety of courses from different fields. I did psychology, media studies, biology, entrepreneurship, performing arts, and language courses. It helped me figure out what I really wanted. So, don’t be afraid to try new things. Secondly, get involved outside of class. Play some sports or join clubs. It’s not just about having fun, but it also gives you hands-on experience and opportunities to take on leadership roles. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. So, keep an open mind, try new things, and get involved.”

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