Raised in a middle-class Indian family, I, along with my sister and brother, grew up on the principle-"A dream doesn 't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work" –a quote by Collin Powell. My parents worked hard to make us self-confident, hard-working individuals and taught us to dream big and work towards to achieving them. I was born and raised in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. My father had to drop out after high school
to support my grandfather but he never complained and worked hard to gain skills needed to be successful in his job. However, he always felt that if he had a college education
, it could have taken his career to a different level. From my childhood, I observed that my parents were a big advocate of getting a good education and doing well in studies. Despite having limited resources, my parents were determined to get us a good education. To save money, I went to a government school
out of town from eighth class till high school. For almost five years, I traveled an hour by train every day at 6:00 am to reach school; however, I was determined to get a good education.
I learned from my father that a positive attitude, along with hard work, defines success in the long run. He has been my role model who inspired me to push boundaries, deriving strength from hardships.
As a young kid, I was close to both my brother and sister and learned a lot from them. My brother always loved sports and he was the main reason I