When you heard about Bhaktivedanta College, why did you come all the way from Mayapur to Belgium for your studies?
I heard about the College through some family friends. I was deciding on colleges at the time, and the idea of getting a certified degree from an internationally accredited university [Lampeter University], while learning more about the philosophy I follow, sounded like a perfect deal.
Did you have any other considerations about your education?
Yes, I did. I’ve always loved literature, language, and psychology, so my sights were set on one of these fields. Doing a BA in Theology at Bhakivedanta College was actually unexpected and unforeseen. However, I believe in no regrets, and am glad for the amount I learned there.
Had you been to Radhadesh prior to your arrival as a student?
Technically, yes! I visited Radhadesh when I was three with my parents.
What was your greatest challenge while studying?
The college was still a young, growing establishment, and therefore the overall dynamic somewhat challenged me. Also, though I am a small-town girl from Mayapur, Radhadesh in comparison felt a bit too remote at times. But it definitely made me appreciate grocery shopping trips with my peers more than I ever had before.
What is your best memory of Bhaktivedanta College?
Hands down, the friends I made! It was my first experience of living in an ashram, and the people I bonded with are people I know will be my friends for life. We also had many opportunities to be taught by some lovable and very qualified teachers, from whom I learned a great deal.
When did you graduate, and what did you do afterward?
I graduated from Bhaktivedanta College in 2010. After this, I returned to India and worked in Mayapur for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Then I continued my educational journey, doing a MA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
Plans for the future?
I plan to develop my journalism skills and get some work experience. I would like to do this to form a solid background for myself, which is needed to be fully qualified in this field. Hopefully after that I can travel and work out of anywhere. My main goal is to do so from home, in Sri Mayapur Dham. However, as John Lennon once wisely said, “ Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I am aware that I am not fully in control, and all my plans depend on the mercy of our beautiful blue boy, the ultimate boss.
Any message for future College students?
Have fun, but don’t ignore the academic aspects of your BC experience, especially if you have further education plans. Make the most of the wonderful association, vocational courses, and the various service opportunities that you get in Radhadesh. And, finally, if you ever feel the need of a catharsis, do not forget that no one listens better than your very own Radha-Gopinatha, the Deities at Radhadesh. Apart from all that, I just want to wish you good luck, and that you have the most wonderful experience you can have.