Yukta Doshi -
I always used to wonder how it felt for the butterfly to come out of the cocoon, was it liberating or a forced feeling. On 29th October I realized it's a mix of both. 21 years staying in a cocoon never staying away from home or family, going for VFS was a huge step. Hyderabad to Vadodara covering 1000 km was not just the distance but also a step to test me if I'm ready to face the real world and fly out of the cocoon. Got paired up with a stranger who I had never spoken to. Traveled on a flight alone for the 1st time. This trip had a lot of firsts and I was ready to take them head-on.
Boarded the Munni Ashram bus from Vadodara to Popdipura to meet our host family. We were a bit skeptical if we can adjust to the host family, will the host family accept us? What we eventually got was a big welcoming smile and instantly we knew that our 50 days in Popdipura is going to go well.
Waiting at my door for Swiggy delivery to going on a field and plucking fresh bhindi and cooking it myself has made me realise the value of food. From washing clothes in washing machine to waking a kilometre to the ghat for washing clothes made me realise the trure meaning of hygiene. Watching Netflix, Amazon to watching sunset and sunrise I realised the beauty and efficiency of my eyes. Celebrating Diwali with fancy dresses and expensive sweets to making own sweets distributing it in the whole village and celebrating the true homecoming of happiness with the whole village.
Life has taken a full 360° arc and the butterfly is out of the cocoon in the real world trying to reach the skies.
Sarthak Kothiyal -
Many of the alumni members define the VFS as “the best 2 months which you’ll remember throughout your life”.
With similar aspirations, high hopes and broken roads after a heavy rainfall, I started my long journey from Dehradun to Pithoragarh. Pithoragarh is one of the most beautiful districts in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and finds a lot of tourists for its rich cultural heritage, biodiversity and the overall appeal of the landscape. The village we were expected to stay in was located 8 Km from the nearby marketplace i.e., Gangolihat.
In a nutshell, VFS makes its students more empathetic, adaptable, flexible, robust and fills them with an aspiration to do something for the society which I believe is the aspect that makes IRMA stand apart from other Institutes.