Two years ago, I think I was like most of the teens my age,still am, I took school seriously and was obsessed with finding my passion, but the problem was what is my passion and where can I find it?That thought disturbed me a lot and everyday when I went to bed,I found myself at the same point I was in morning, still standing in the middle of nowhere with no idea of where to go next. I was waiting for my passion to arrive, like an angel would come from the skies telling me everything I wanted to know. But life doesn’t work like that.So I decided to shake things up, I wasn’t making any significant progress daily but little everyday which compounded itself to make the person, I am today.After I finished tenth class, I decided to take science stream as I liked it and was naturally good at it, besides people didn’t looked down upon it like they did to the other streams. So they persuaded me to take it.Flash forward a few months, when school and coaching institutes were in full throttle, I was hit by the biggest realization in my entire life, I wasn’t special or unique like my parents told me I was. My entire self image was shattered.I was like everybody else. Everyone full of potential and dreams but no direction to go. Teachers treated us like we were their business. And we were!All this hit me like a truck. But I couldn’t just took things as they were. I wanted to make myself a better person. So one day, I took list of all my shortcomings and the necessary skills I think I need to have and decided to improve them.I took them one by one and tackled them all with my full might. Rebuilded my creativity and curiosity, a better orator,explored new interest and hobbies, formed my own opinions,inrease my physical fitness, develop my social skills, started reading the good books, a better listener.But that doesn’t mean I excelled in all of them, in some I struggeled badly, in some I am still struggling. But still, I have become a far better person than I was two years back.Some have turned into a daily habit like blogging, reading, jogging etc. Still my curiosity runs wild and keeps the fire within me brighter and alive. That’s where I stumbled across economics and took great interest in how the world  around me works.  I am raised in a typical middle class joint family, a single child of my mom and dad. My family gave greater importance to my education above all.I have been living in panchkula since I was born and haven’t lived in any other place. As for my viewpoint, I think I gave most of the credits to my dad and my elder cousin. They greatly shaped me as a person.Another big piece of me is cooking, I was introduced to it by my mother when I was nine. Cooking helped me get to know about the people and the culture of places miles away.I am also a big fan of traveling. I have traveled to many places just for their food and to interact with the people there.I like to visit the local hubs when I go to a new city. Helps me get to know what kind of place It is and what kind of people live there.I know that I am young and the career path that I envision right now can be different from what actually might happen, but I plan to make my college education a broadening one which will jopefully allow me to explore both my academic as well as personal interests.That is why I am applying to Ashoka as I think it can help me continue my interests and hobbies besides engage me academically and help me explore new interests.

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