While I’m awaiting the admission results for MA in Development Studies at IIT Guwahati, this is my attempt to still keep my candidacy in the race. I was quite nervous and my interview didn’t go as well as I’d hoped for it. However, there’s a sentence from that interview that I’m going to hold on to when they do declare the results- “it’s not the end of the world.”
Here are 7 reasons why IIT Guwahati should consider my candidacy for their MA Program:
Motivated* : Around the 8th standard, a social studies teacher was teaching was teaching us the importance of independence for women in terms of how it is almost cyclic with her empowerment. It has ever since stayed with me and motivates me to do what it takes, of course within the line of ethics. I’m motivated to do and GO THAT EXTRA MILE to explore all that IIT Guwahati has to offer in terms of Sports, Extra Curricular, Scholarships, Internships (paid), and Opportunities for collaboration for research– the whole package.
Understand the elasticity of responsibility: I may not have drawn a salary in 3 out of three and a half years of working but neither does that mean the I haven’t worked nor that I lack the experience that comes along with a paycheck. I often feel nervous about saying that I work in my family business assuming that the other person won’t be receptive in a positive way given the popular culture of working in a formal and corporate set-up. If anything, I’ve been on the other side of paycheck, signing them and sending them out timely. And from the experience on this side, one of the most important things that I’ve learnt is that I’m not just responsible for the profit that the business makes and to timely file the IT returns but also that the staff that I employ are more often than not the sole earners of their family and if I don’t do my work, the consequences they will face will be more dire than those that I’ll have to face. While I do understand the elasticity of responsibility, I am learning to take pride in the experience that I have and the dignity of my labour at a HUF MSME.
Two research papers for the price of one? Here are links to two articles that I recently wrote- Can Assam Really afford to shut 17 of its schools?, and #BoycottMadeInChina: India’s Response To Indo-China Standoff Amidst Pandemic – I cannot say I am more inclined towards one because I am not. A lot is happening in the International Relations and the role that women played as- (Banana) plantation workers, diplomatic wives (vacationing on the beaches), and sex workers (on the bases) as explored in Cynthia Enloe’s Bananas, Beaches and Bases might have been true when she wrote it but has certainly changed quite a bit. Earlier this month, the SC judgement in favour of women in the armed services was announced and India has had a female Defence Minister in Ms. Sitharaman. Itight make for an interesting analysis. While on the other hand, the impact of Assam floods are quite under-reported let alone research. However it is never too late, and hence, I’d like to research the impact of floods in Assam on the education system as 1/3rd of the students life is spent in school and pursuing activities related to school. Given the potential of both topics, at IIT Guwahati, I hope to be able to pursue both- one in the format of an article and the other in a dissertation.
Always have food: I am not exaggerating when I say ‘always’. I can whip some up, a stash of dry snacks, and a caffeine fix (tea and coffee both). On the move? You can count on me to share that packet of biscuits or that chocolate bar. Wondering why IIT Guwahati should enrol me for food? Because it goes a long way in forging bonds between fellow-mates, friends and even professors.
Full of quirky anecdotes: While I dint draw a salary, it will also be unfair to say or even imply that I worked for free (Don’t support free labor in any form). Once in 5 months or so, I found myself a long weekend to blow off some steam in Coorg, Dharamshala (sighted Dalai Lama too), and the NY 2018 managed a 5 day trek to Kuari Pass as well. I’ve collected quite a few quirky anecdotes on the road- about the guy who offered to sell me drugs but ended up making me realize the importance of family, or the time when a monkey adopted a kitten?
Document-maker: Actually, with a camera phone who isn’t right? Here’s a few of my personal favorites from the time I was volunteering at SECMOL in November, and the Lockdown since March 2020 onwards.
Asset for Social Media campaigns: As evident from this article, my creativity and appetite for (calculated) risk along with past experience in branding and marketing makes me a good fit for social media campaigns. Given the vibrant and buzz campus, I’m hopeful that the opportunity to utilise my skill sets will present itself at IIT Guwahati. With this, I’m now going to rest my case and really hope for the best. Really.