“You did not come this far to only come this far.”
That’s what my teachers had told me on my first day at SICC, setting me off for an epoch-making journey. My three years at SAI International College of Commerce have been the most enjoyable and endearing part of my life till now. It was everything that you would expect from a college – classes, lectures, debates, sports, fun and frolic, events, celebration, friendship. Amidst all these, I learned the most valuable lessons of my life – dedication to work, commitment to goals, lessons of gratitude, values of integrity in character, importance of a good personality. But what I cherish the most about this college is love and affection embedded in its air and gracefully painted into every inch of its canvas that builds it into the perfect epitome of Temple of Enlightenment.
When I first got the news of securing the top position in Management honours in Utkal University’s B.Com examination, my heart had no boundaries of exhilaration and delight. I immediately went to my college to share this great news and seek blessings of Chairman Sir, Principal Sir and my Teachers. The pride and elation in their beaming faces was beyond description. But one particular statement from them immensely moved me – “Manas, we were always confident that you as an alumni will make us shine in all your future achievements and glories but this stepping stone is telling us how fast your pace can be. We should be ready for more to come”. This instilled a spirit in me to crave for more and not just stop here.
It is not unusual to find the technical and materialistic support in any other college to be an achiever or topper. But the encouragement and the morale support from SICC’s pillars makes it unique and exclusive. Our revered Chairman Sir, Principal Sir and the teachers have left no stone unturned to make this place much more than a college and an ideal home for everyone. Their relentless guidance, care and trust in me helped me reach my goal. And I am sure; these will be the reasons for all my laurels yet to come.
I still treasure the words I was told on my first day here and will carry with me till the end, thus benignly nudging my brain that when it comes to dreams, that even Everest is not the limit.
Thank you SICC for everything that I have learned from you.
Utkal University B.Com Topper in Management Honours (2017)