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Success Redefined

"This newfound interest assisted me in coming to terms with the concept of success."

-Maryam Nisar

Author: Stuti Ajmera

August 2021

My definition of success was completely redefined when I began my first year of graduation.

I've had a strong academic background since I was a child. My mother is a Mathematics teacher and my father is system manager at Aligarh Muslim University. Initially, I was inclined to give NEET. I became very ill one month before my second attempt and was unable to score well enough to gain admission to a medical school. My idea of success was defined by society. I was distraught at this failure. I took Biochemistry as my major during my under-graduation. My first year of graduation was spent just trying to find purpose and passion but I lacked focus. I couldn't find my way forward because it wasn't what I wanted to do.

The fact that I had not passed NEET was still a source of concern for me, but I gradually discovered my passion for research in Biochemistry. This newfound interest assisted me in coming to terms with the concept of success. It was something I created for myself. I was compelled to investigate this field, and its vastness inspires me to do something unique in it.

Reading self-help books has also aided me in my journey. I began to identify with people who had overcome similar challenges and risen to the top. I have recently completed my B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry and am now applying for my master's degree, with the hope of conducting more in-depth research in my field with the aim of giving back to society. I have hope and belief coursing through my veins, and I intend to keep going until I touch my dream.

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