A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated - This was said by Horace Mann, an American educational reformer.
My name is Shikha and I am here to elaborate on this very idea presented by this great legend. I have recently secured an admission in one of the greatest schools in United States of America (USA), Cornell University. Like many others, I also have dreamt about studying from top notch colleges to get a gleaming record. I believe sincerely that there should be no price tag on education and no one should be denied the opportunity to grow and to get into reputed colleges for a thing such as money. As idealistic as I would like the world to be, I realise that financial prospects are a big impediment to my dream. I come from a very humble family, a family who has always supported my goals and aspirations regardless of the cost at which it came. Believe me, this has only made me more grateful towards the resources my parents have provided me with. This time too, after hearing the tuition costs of Cornell University, my family did not bat an eye and asked me to proceed with the application. They were sure that they would manage. I was raised to be a girl who is ambitious but pragmatic. The total estimated expenses for two years at Cornell University amounts upto an estimated $124,004,060. I knew that my parents wouldn't be able to say yes to me this time and I could see the position I was putting them in. I realise that getting admission to a prestigious university is just the first step. There are several other costs which includes living expenses, boarding, travel and other miscellaneous expenses. This was starting to turn into a pipe dream for me when I realised that I am in a spot that many people would find themselves to be in the years to come. I knew I had to set an example.
This is the reason why I decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to procure funds for my education at Cornell University. I understand that most of you would be cynical about donating to a cause like this. Many people have similar stories. Why me?
The answer is I believe in giving. I believe in continuing the chain of giving. My commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in achieving academic excellence, as exhibited by my past encounters, resonates well with Cornell University's fundamental mission and are essential to accomplishment of scholastic greatness. It gives me a sense of responsibility to contribute as a student. In the course of the most recent years I have become firmly determined to act towards uplifting underrepresented minorities, women, and socio-economically oppressed students. I seek to raise the awareness and facets of quality education through several NGOs and imbue scientific temper in the minds of underprivileged and underrepresented parts of society where access to education still remains a barrier and challenge. Also, on the societal fronts, I am constantly resolved to work for the animal rights and animal liberation. I am a very involved animal rights activist and an animal rescuer who is at the core of animal rights movements in my country. I want to create a society which offers equal opportunities to everyone regardless of socio-economical conditions, language, religion, cast, color, creed or gender or species and I am sure my higher education would provide me a platform and position to achieve these objectives. I acknowledge the purpose of philanthropy and I am determined to be a follower when I can allow that. Another reason why I believe that you should consider donating to my cause is because I want others to see that if I can do it, they can do it too. I was raised in a village and I went to a public school. I secured a scholarship to put me through my undergraduate studies. I have faced a lot of failures in my life but I intend on making this campaign a successful one.
In my lifetime, I have heard this phrase ‘Be happy with what you have’ a number of times. I am not a fan of it and the reason is that when do we know that what we have is all that we are supposed to have? Shouldn't we strive to increase our resources? So, this is me trying to increase my resources, academically and financially. I request you all to take a moment for this and donate whatever amount you deem suitable for this cause. Each page combined forms a book, and for me, each donation of yours will lead me to a book.
Program Details :
Name – Shikha
College – Cornell University (College of Engineering)
Program – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Term - FALL 2021