Mohit Sharma’s journey from Delhi to Winnipeg
Coming to Canada was a long-cherished dream, but a Herculean task. It required a lot of effort and some divine intervention.
My wife was apprehensive about giving up all the comforts she had (maid, driver, etc.), and deep down inside I, too, feared how our son would adapt to his new school, new environment and new friends.
Everyone was surprised with my decision to quit a job as an editor with one of the biggest media houses in India. But I believe in the theory that stagnation and complacency will only make me live a life of mediocrity. I wanted to reinvent myself and chose the path of lifelong learning.
So here we are – in Winnipeg – braving the cold winds, yet enjoying each day as it comes. Coming to a place where I knew no one, facing the harsh weather and trying to excel in studies was a big challenge. All I had were my perseverance and belief in self. It’s been four months since I landed in Winnipeg with my wife and kid, but it appears as if we have been living here for ages. I thank all who have helped us in our smooth transition to Winnipeg.
The very first day at college, one of the instructors said, “Finish it, if it’s close”.
He was talking about what I didn’t do five years ago. I was on the verge of finishing my course at Centennial College, Toronto, but left the course half way through. I wasted almost half a decade of my life ruing that opportunity.
Nevertheless, the journey has begun. A journey with a clean slate, a journey with a lot of hope and open mind, a journey which will (hopefully) make me complete. It will bring me the knowledge, which I could have attained 20 years back, but I was too naive. I took things as they came and never paid heed to the old adage that time and tide wait for no man.
Apart from learning, I am happy to be away from prying eyes, ever ready to pass judgment. I am on my own. I can speak my heart out without being bothered about rubbing people the wrong way, massaging those inflated egos or saying ‘yes’ when I want to say ‘no.’ This country gives you that right of self-expression. Everyone has the right to live with dignity, irrespective of their surname, caste, social status and, most importantly, their bank balance.
The reason why I chose to study in Canada is because it is a country which has embraced multiculturalism and can be described as the most successful pluralist society.
Fairness, equality and freedom of expression are what fascinate me about this country.
So the journey has begun, albeit 20 years late, but as they say, “better late than never.”
My advice for future students to Canada:
Research, ask and explore. Before coming to Canada try and get information about the culture, demographics and where you want to settle. Don’t hesitate to ask if you are new to certain ideas or places. Grades are extremely important but are not the end- all. Explore the city, make friends and enjoy each day.
Step out of your comfort zone. This is the most important part of learning. We all like to operate from our comfort zone, but the real excitement is to prove that your abilities are not just confined to certain areas. Leaving the familiar and exploring the unknown just a little bit will enhance your learning experience exponentially.
Dream big. Create a vision for yourself for the future. The clearer your vision and goals are, the easier it is to achieve them. Creating a goal is the first step to success. Don’t settle for mediocrity. If you find the courage to pursue big dreams in life, you will achieve them.
– Mohit Roy Sharma
• To find out more about studying in Canada, visit Canadian University Application Centre’s website at www.canada123.org.
Posted: Jan 2, 2014