Most people who know me, know that I’m normally quite a private person. So, I thought I’d share a little about me and my journey to becoming a Law Student. “When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” The famous quotation said by Paul Coelho and rehearsed by Shahrukh Khan, explains the importance of law school to me. My journey to getting an BA.LLB honours degree is one that’s full of mystery, hurdles and obstacles. It’s years of struggles, hustles and bustles, adjustment and readjustment. To start with, I was not originally an arts student during my higher secondary education. I was a science student but I was very weak in calculations especially Mathematics and physics, I fared well in subjects like Biology, Zoology and other science subjects. And on top of that I was a lazy student. I didn’t make a lot of commitment or put much effort towards learning the subjects I was weak in, instead, I always dodged them. That was how I ended up changing my class from science to artsstream where I finally graduated in law Subject. University life is the most important part of one’s life. University life is that part of your life which you are going to relive in your memories till your last breath. I have been an average student since the very beginning of my school life. Actually, I had no clue of CUCET LLM Entrance exam till my 10th semester of BALLB. I got to know about CUCET ENTRANCE from one of my friends at the end of last semester of my bachelor’s I had always thought of choosing Doctor as my career option. But since I was not able to get into any premier medical college like GMC’s, etc. Life isn’t always perfect. Sometimes we look at those around us and think that they’re just lucky and we’re not but it’s important to understand that everyone has their struggles. They didn’t just get where they are so easy. Everyone has to overcome hurdles and challenges in life because life has it’s ups and downs. But some people’s struggles set examples for everyone out there. They inspire us and give us the strength to overcome the challenges of our life. I suddenly decided to pursue law and to begin with this dream of qualifying for LLM, I took a year and started preparing for Central University common Entrance Test(CUCET) for LLM course in the year 2020 .I did not joined any coaching centre for preparation of Entrance Test It was not that easy to clear CUCET. I used to study the whole day and gave my 100% to clear the exam. It was one of the most troublesome years of my life. After the result came, I was not sure whether I would get selected or not and till the 1st list came, I was not allotted any Central University. I had made up my mind to go for a private college. But a day before I was going to take admission in a private college, I was allotted Central University of Punjab Bathinda and it was one of the best nights for me. And then came the beginning of the college life- the journey which I had dreamt of. As I had never been to any prestigious school, I always wanted to be in a college which was prestigious. Also, I wanted to be in a Central University, whether it be for Engineering, Law or Medicine or any other branch.
After getting admission in Central University of Punjab Bathinda I was excited enough to start my new journey but at the same time, I was nervous of going to a new world where there will be new people, teachers and I’ll have to start my hostel life. I had never been in a hostel, so I was a bit nervous for that also. We did not visit University physically yet but I met many new students from different parts of India while attending online Classes. One of my friend also joined with me, so I was a bit happy that I knew someone in this new world. And then came the convocation day for the freshers via online mode. We attended the convocation, met with new people and got to know about our college. What I realised in that drop year was ‘Never give up and just believe in yourself’. Your hard work will definitely pay one day. So just dream, believe and achieve. Getting into your top choice isn’t impossible, but it will be challenging. Out of all the places in the world, how did I end up at Central University of Punjab. Twelve years from now, I hope to be a Lawyer in Supreme Court. Whether it’s fighting for the justice or performing your function as defence lawyer, I will receive great satisfaction in knowing that every minute and hour of my job is dedicated to helping others. I want to be one of a few selected people who have been fortunate enough to be given the chance to fight for the justice and noble cause. The responsibility of taking care of another human being is great but an immense blessing. At the time, I did not have any real law inspirations. My only exposure to law would have been TV shows like ‘Matlock’ and ‘Law & Order’ – my dad was a bit of a fan! I saw the courtroom scenes in these show as a ‘performance’ and as a child grouping up in the performing arts world, I loved performing.All I really knew about being lawyer was that I’d get to talk in court a lot and argue – both strengths of mine at the time. I was always in trouble for talking too much or ‘getting on my high horse’ about something.I had always dreamt of studying in a Central University. I had never thought of doing law but by God’s grace, I feel I am in the best place. Although it was not my area of interest, I love law now. I have a keen interest in Human rights Laws, which are the fundamental laws of the land. I want to serve the lower section of the society by providing them free legal aid. Also, I havework with State Legal Service Authority, Jammu and Kashmir, which was a very good experience. I want to help the needy people of our society in any way I can. I am indescribably awestruck with The Central University of Punjab(CUPB). The first aspect of the university that caught my eye was its remarkable diversity. All of my life, I have attended public schools where the majority of the students were belonging from same culture, religion. As I was researching University, I knew that I did not want to be mashed into the same type of environment, but I also did not want to be part of a tiny minority on campus. I love how CUPB makes sure that every ethnic group is represented on campus. In the college guides, no group is listed with a “0%” next to it. I want to join that type of diverse community. CUPB has a beautiful, immense campus that is just calling my name! With all of its dining options, exercise facilities, and parks, there is no way that anyone could not be impressed. The campus is so modern and unique, — it reminds me of the college campuses portrayed in movies and television shows. Lastly, I would like to sum up by saying that Faculties and seniors are the sine qua non to a fresher student. Fortunately, the university has ample of seniors and faculties who are ready to walk an extra mile for you and I am blessed to have them. They encouraged me, motivated me, to travel those roads which I would have not taken otherwise. Finally, I can say that journey in my University has been an epitome of satisfaction to me.
(Author is a LL.M Scholar at Central University of Punjab Bathinda. Views expressed are exclusively his own)