He told me that I had to wait for one more year since they were facing budget deficit that very year. I had worked very hard for nine months during their online tutorial program and I could not bear the burden of such a big failure. Yes. I was refused a scholarship to continue my high school in the USA.
I still remember that very night when the coordinator of the scholarship program told me that I will not be amongst the ones who were selected for the scholarship. It was around 12 in the night, and I was trembling out of fear of failure. I started shedding tears for some moment. I could not imagine the world without that golden opportunity. I felt that the world stopped moving for a second. My parents were the ones who gave me the strength and made me understand that life is full of victories and failures. I learned that if your win, you win and if you lose; you are getting a better opportunity provided that you don’t quit!
I commenced looking for other scholarships because it was the only way through which I could continue my higher studies. I could not get satisfying marks in the Kankor Examination and I had lost the opportunity to complete my high school in the USA. In the middle of a world of chaos, I got the chance to appear for the entrance test of scholarships of the Indian Embassy in Kabul. The exam went fine and I was summoned to fill the application form and select the courses and universities of my choice to continue my Bachelor’s degree in India. Nothing was apparent until I got a call for filing my Visa. Finally, I got a scholarship from Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to pursue my Bachelor’s at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Now that I have appeared for the final exams of my Bachelor’s degree and I am about to graduate in the next few days, I conclude that whatever was meant to be, happened. Looking back to the past and comparing what I have achieved during the last three years of my studies in India, I realize that things could not have been better than this. The ups and downs of life in India have thought me the lessons that hundreds of books are incapable of. The leadership, management and communication skills that I have got grant me the courage to accept challenges and overcome them successfully.
I do believe that if I would had received that scholarship to go to the USA for my studies, things would have turned the other way but definitely I could never become the person I am now. The more hardships and problems you confront, the stronger you become and it has been true in my case. That very failure has functioned as a stimulant of success for me and now that I look back, things could not have been possible without that very incident. I have become a realist optimist and I am confident enough to confront any challenges that come on the way of my objectives. Of course, it in no way means that this is the end. A life full of problems and challenges is waiting for me and I am to utilize every given second to prepare myself to overcome all those challenges.