I am Diki Choden Bhutia from a small village called Ramthang, in North Sikkim. I would like to share my journey from Ramthang Primary School, a small nondescript school in a remote village of Sikkim to Queen Mary University of London, which is one of the top ranked University in the World, located in the heart of London, a dream city for millions of people across the globe. Though my journey wasn’t an easy one, but I am really glad for whatever I have achieved till now.
Henry David Thoreau,an American essayist, philosopher and a poet once said ” Go confidently in the direction of your dream.Live the life you’ve imagined”. This is exactly what I did.
Having completed my primary school from Ramthang Primary School, North Sikkim in 2013. I got through the exam for the prestigious Chief Minister Meritorious Scholarship Scheme in the year 2013. Consequently, I could secure an opportunity for myself to study at one of the best boarding school of the country through this scholarship.
I joined Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya,Gwalior,Madhya Pradesh,in 2013. The school where children from the very privileged families in the country, go for their studies. Securing admission to SKV wouldn’t have been possible without my parents,teachers from Ramthang Primary School, Education Department and of course the then Government of Sikkim.The day I joined SKV was the day when i began to sow seeds of hope and optimism in my life.
In all I would say that the CMMSS gave me a head start to a new chapter in my journey. Before going to SKV I had never seen trains, and also I had never been to a place outside Sikkim. I had never imagined about how diverse our country was.
Being a girl who was totally oblivious about her own caliber, this scholarship opened a gate of all the possibilities in my life and helped me explore my potentials to the fullest.
The new environment for obvious reasons wasn’t comfortable, and neither was I able to communicate with the people speaking Hindi and English. But with the passage of time, I was able to come out of the shell and adjust myself with an alien environment out there.
Participating in various competitions during my school days helped me explore my potentials and I could successfully excel in my field of interest. With hardwork and the assistance from my coach,I could establish a new Javelin throw record at Indian Public School Conference (IPSC) Athletics Meet in 2018. I also managed to secure a gold medal in the CBSE Athelitc Nationals in Javelin throw 2019 . I also had a proud previlige of leading the student council as the Head-Girl of the school for the academic session of 2019-20. I also scored 95% class 12th CBSE Board exam.
At SKV, all my teachers and friends have always been a great support. They encouraged me to apply for the International Students House Scholarship. And to my surprise, we happened to receive good news, that I was selected for the scholarship.
All of us must be multifaceted in order to do well as a student. This I have realized while preparing for my application for the scholarship to the University.In order to do well and succeed,we all must grab every opportunity that comes our way and work hard in the field of our interest. We should never limit ourselves to anything. I have always tried to convert adversities into opportunities in my journey till now.
I am sure some of you reading this might have great aspirations to fulfill. So, I would suggest something’s, that I learnt, so kindly take it as a piece of advice.
“During my time at school, I had to deal with numerous challenges, but the hardest one was to fight the fear which resided within me. The fear of the fact that “I would fail” and all the ‘if’s’ and ‘but’s’. But I have now realised that those were hampering my personal growth.
Therefore, I decided to challenge my own fears first and learn lessons from my every mistake. However, if you have that will and the desperate desire to do something great then nothing can stop you, trust me on this.
I wish all of us, working for not just ourselves but for our people and society, best of luck and good health.
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My further plan is to study B.Sc Psychology and I am looking forward to pursue higher studies in this field.
I have always considered myself blessed for being selected as one of the CMMSS beneficiaries, beacuse without this scholarship,lives of many Sikkimese students including mine,wouldn’t have changed. I am very grateful to all the people who made this scholarship a reality and to all who are striving to continue this noble initiative.
(Editor’s Note: In this series we are trying to bring out write ups contributed by the meritorious recipients of Chief Minister’s Meritorious Scholarship Scheme. This is a scheme envisioned by Government of Sikkim to sponsor meritorious students completing their primary level education from Government Schools to pursue their further studies from reputed boarding schools, both within and outside the state.)