There’s a common stereotype about Indian parents- that that they aren’t very willing to send their children abroad to study. It’s true, a lot of them believe that they know what is right for your children, despite what they want. This is especially true for parents of girl children. They often say that it’s too soon, we’re too young, we cannot be trusted, they can’t bear to be so far away from us, or even that no matter what we do, it’s going to be time to get married soon. There is always some excuse, which they can justify completely in their heads, no matter how unconvincing to everyone else. I’ve been very fortunate in the sense that my parents have never stopped me from doing anything because of my gender. They’ve raised me with the focus of making me sufficiently independent, before thinking of who, when or how I will marry.

In the last two years at Emory, I’ve learned so much- not just academically, but also personally. I have grown into a different person, more mature, understanding and learned than the girl who left Mumbai in 2014. I’m grateful to my parents for giving me this opportunity, and would like to use this website to narrate a few stories from friends so as to assure parents’ that sending their daughter abroad for education purposes is not a cost, but an investment.

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