Changes make us more than we already are. But what about the torturous journey? What about the plans already thought? Now due to Pandemic of COVID-19, we are sure of something, that, anything can happen anytime, death can be knocking our doors anytime anywhere and all we have to do is survive and protect our near and dear ones and calm our heads.
Talking generally about me, HI! I am Aishwarya Samantaray, freshly graduated in BBA LLB, from Sharda University, born and brought up in Odisha. I am mildly arrogant, confident, maybe funny person but damn I am dedicated. To say I always plan things, that’s a big no. Being spontaneous is just me. But about career and future, I always think and plan out first. To say doing law was not so favored by my parents but they supported me. With literally zero family background supporting my profession was a grave challenge.
The 5 years, in law school were great yet tiring. 500+ handwritten assignments, 200+ class tests, 100+ exams and unless dramatic chaos all around was how my college life was. But it was beautiful and tiring and interesting to be exact. And throughout the journey, I had one goal, to be corporate based intern and then MBA abroad with scholarship. The efforts were all in place but then March 2019 came.
Well the COVID-19 pandemic hit India and everything was all shut. People died, panic everywhere, people in lockdown, rush to survival, like it was some sort of apocalypse in some virus related movie but this was real life. Numerous people lost their jobs, internships and for fresher’s it’s was impossible. To add onto this, mental trauma and stress added like fire and gasoline. Plans of travelling, marrying, career, dreams, everything was crushed. But students on the other hand were having fun at home. Well atleast in the beginning. Remembering the long lost joke “I want vacation for 6 months a year, twice”, but now when it’s like that, it’s frustrating and traumatic. In the beginning it was great, classes at home, video calls but soon s year and then even until now it’s just impossible to know when it’s going to end.
Now when again everything is back to track but we don’t even know what to do anymore. Eventually is based in technology. The people benefiting are software engineers. But we lawyers and as a fresh graduate not even a paid internship is available. The struggle is actually real and devastating.
To say my dreams are crushed, yes. It’s depressing and clueless about what to do. Now new plans, finding new light and to struggle to get a job it’s tiring mentally and physically. To back up my BBA degree my help too. Looking jobs in management is an option to but my ultimate goal now seems far and impossible.
But will this stop me from trying, and maybe ultimately achieve it. No. I will hustle and get everything I want and deserve and someday I will be there, where I actually wanted to be.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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