The Manipal ExperienceDecember 18, 2017
“I don’t think I can live away from home,” I cried as I left for Manipal. As a typical Indian boy, raised with the comforts of never having to make a decision and coddled by parents who strictly adhered to the norms of the society, I wasn’t ready for the huge change that was college. Timid and shy, I began my days in Manipal without a lot of expectations. The life changing experience that it became was the last thing I had anticipated.
Log kya kahenge (what will people say) is a phrase that can define my life up until Manipal. All my life, I have been taught to care about what people would think and had let others dictate the way I lead my life. Be it my parents, my relatives, my grocer, my neighbor or the dude who always hangs out near my house, if they said I had to do it, I’d do it. I was well-accustomed to that life. This is why everything about the thought of moving to Manipal was a scary thought. I mean, choosing my own elective courses? Doing my own laundry? Deciding what I wanted for every meal? I was utterly sure I wasn’t ready for that.
But, Manipal sure had a plan for me – one that proved me wrong. In Manipal, I was never told what to do. I was never told to conform. Instead, I was given this thing called ‘freedom’ and it transformed my life. The unparalleled education, the amazing faculty, the breathtaking beaches, the wonderful people, the insane parties, the spur-of-the-moment road trips, the little tête-à-têtes at Kamath Circle have all changed me from the timid boy to one that could take on life head-on.
Every step of my life in Manipal was one that disproved my initial fears and trepidations. It gave me the space to reinvent myself. I make my own choices. I do my own laundry (or don’t). I choose my meals. Essentially, I am the only one who decides how my life turns out now. No matter how far I get in life, Manipal will always be where it all started. “I don’t think I can live away from home,” I cried as I left Manipal at the end of my four-year journey.
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