Manu, the son of the couple who run the Bakery at Radhadesh, attended secondary school in Belgium. Here he describes his experiences at Bhaktivedanta College and his life as a college graduate:
Before enrolling in college, in general I did not know what studies to pursue. All I knew was that I wanted to study in the presence of devotees, so that my association would be good. When I looked at my options at Bhaktivedanta College, I immediately realized that the only way to fulfill my desire was to enroll here. Now, three years later, I have earned both my Bhakti Sastri degree and my B.A. in Vaisnava Theology. I am entirely satisfied with my choice. In those three years I learned a lot about our Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, I learned how to comfortably speak to large crowds. I benefited from wonderful association, and maybe most importantly I made friends for a lifetime and learned to appreciate in many wonderful ways the Radhadesh community. So if you are thinking of coming to the College, if you think you can cope in a wonderful Vaisnava community, and if you are ready to give three years of your life for an incredible soul-awakening experience, why think twice about it?
As of September 2012, I am doing service in the Radhadesh community both in management and in the department that handles the many festivals, Radhadesh courses, and congregational preaching for the entire Benelux. I am completely happy serving the community in this way, as these are positions in which I am very much at ease because I am given opportunities to use my skills and knowledge. In the midst of all this, my main project is organizing the Radhadesh Mellows festival, the annual kirtan festival at the end of January, which now attracts more than five hundred participants from around the world. Besides my services, I am often traveling and am given opportunities to be in wonderful places where I can do kirtan, preach, and enliven people with Krsna consciousness. In short, life as a college graduate, as of now, for me is spiritually great and materially sufficient.