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Story of role-model Isha Godara
Isha said, '‘I moved back to Kheowali - a village near Sirsa, Haryana - in 2020 and started Jivam Foundation.
I had come back full circle.
Growing up here, in early 2000, ours was a patriarchal Jat family, so similar to many others here.
I was fortunate to have my grandfather as my biggest ally and champion who encouraged me to speak up from a young age and turned me into a confident human.
I moved to international school in the city for senior classes and continued to participate actively in debates and extra-curriculars.
Gender and Strata inequalities bothered me a lot but wise elders urged me to concentrate on studies - become something, maybe an IAS - then change the world!
I wanted to study abroad and my parents said Yes.
I came to the University of Alberta, in Canada, to study finance.
Life moves in Semesters in college. I decided, I would do something new and different every semester.
First semester, even as I was settling down, I joined the Human Rights club and became a student journalist.
Next few semesters, as I gained more experience and credibility, I also tried my hand at different things to see what I liked through internships and extra-curricular activities.
I got to taste the world of research, venture capital, finance and social work.
I organised TED talks, because I love learning.
When COVID came, I returned to India as my classes were online.
My brother and I started the JIVAM Foundation because we felt that education is the strongest link that can rewrite the destiny of young people.
I continue to do this while working as a strategy consultant with Dalberg.
I found what I wanted to do, by exploring. I learnt by doing. I did more of what worked and what I liked.
I am happy, I found my Purpose.
You can too!