One of the most valuable things I have learned throughout college is how to maintain an even study-play balance. Switching from an Indian state-board to the American education system was definitely a challenge; my IB/IGCSE/ISC classmates had it much easier, as it took me a semester to get familiarized with the system. But when I did, there was no stopping because I knew how hard I had worked to get there. Taking the advice my seniors had given, I extended myself to get involved in various communities. I was part of the Entrepreneurship and Leadership community, co-ed intramural soccer team, and even completed a study-abroad program in Barcelona. It was definitely a significant decision in my life! Once again, I had the chance to get out of my comfort zone — a 19-year-old Indian girl travelling to Barcelona not knowing a single soul apart from herself sounded rather fascinating to me.
Though I had a 5-year plan ahead of me, let’s just say “life happened”. Due to the ongoing pandemic, I had to return to India and adjust my plans accordingly. March 13th, 2020 is a day I remember as clear as yesterday, somberly packing four years of my college life overnight without the slightest clue if I could ever return as a student again. It took a few months to fill this gaping hole in my heart, but eventually, I decided to get back on track. It was a struggle being a 2020 international student graduate —sending my applications to over 50+ US companies for a job and getting rejected by almost all of them. I began losing motivation. However, being persistently determined to find a job, I came across AddedEducation on LinkedIn.