DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH SHRIYA SEKHSARIA :CLASS OF 2014

OUR VERY OWN BUDDING AUTHOR : PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TO GOLDMAN SACHS !

“ ASK FOR FORGIVENESS NOT PERMISSION!”

I have spent some of the very best years of my life at the Cathedral Vidya School, Lonavala.

One of my fondest memories of School is, one particular Speech Day( an Annual celebration & recognition of talent) and one particular Sports Day.

On that SPECIAL Speech Day, I felt like everyone I knew came together to support my new novel – watching almost every student march in with stickers of the cover of my novel on their blazers meant the world to me…….

Getting to carry the school banner as Head Girl on Sports Day – a moment I had dreamt of since even before I was an actual student at The Cathedral Vidya School – after everyone fought with my doctors to let me leave the hospital to do so meant everything. …….

I often think back to these times and several others while at Princeton University, where I study Psychology along with Finance, Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing, and European Cultural Studies.

At Princeton University, I’ve been involved in a lot of activities ranging from running the Archery Team and editing the newspaper to managing several research projects to strengthening the entrepreneurial culture and acting in a comedy theatre group.

Outside of college, I will be working for Goldman Sachs in the summer, launching my latest novel, and looking into the two startups I recently conceptualized. With college though, I often joke and say that Princeton is my version of a fairytale, largely as a result of the incredible people around me – much like my time at CATHEDRAL was great because of the people around.

Along those lines, for what I would like to say to the current students at Cathedral — yes, those hours of prep time are important. Yes, morning P.E. is helpful. Yes, assignments need to be done. Yes, lights need to go off at lights out.

Essentially, if I had to give any of you advice, I would say this — it’s not about what you do. It’s about whom you do it with.

Take a step back. Take a look around you. And hopefully, that will get you to appreciate every day in this place hundreds of us now call “home”.

Oh, and reiterating what I once read and always remind you all when I visit – ask for forgiveness, not permission.”

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