Meet Devendra Dave, the 27-year-old, who once earned Rs 500 per month and now has a job offer of Rs 55 lakh. As reported by Storypick, Dev, in a letter wrote the story of how he overcame all odds to reach where he is right now. Dev says that his life was a struggle from a very young age. Dev’s father was a victim of polio from his childhood and could never hold on to jobs on a regular basis. Addressing his letter to students, Dev says that he had understood during his time in Std 10 that he had to take care of his own fees and other expenses if he wanted to attend college. He says that he had become a courier boy, a waiter and a chess coach among other things to support his family and his own quest for excellence.
However, for a period of 5 years, Dev could not attend college as he was busy working. Although, being a chess player for the college let him get away with no attendance. But he then realised the importance of education after the frustration of not being able to attend classes. It was at this moment that Dev decided that he would do his post graduation from one of the premier institutes of the country. Dev says that he had attempted and failed miserably in the first three times he had attempted the CAT exams. And when he managed to clear the exam in his fourth attempt in 2014 (MICA), his education loan plea was rejected by the banks since his father had a bad credit rating. Dev says that his father had been duped of Rs 8 lakh in a Nigerian scam, which had resulted in his family selling their flat. The scam had, however, led to his father being permanently blacklisted. Dev had tried to arrange the required amount by all possible means. He had even written to a faculty member asking for help in getting his admissions done, but he couldn’t manage it that year.
After feeling completely helpless, Dev started working all seven days a week. He says that the intention behind such work was to exhaust himself so much that he did not give in to depression. In September 2015, Dev had an interesting conversation with one of the students’ parents, who asked him”What if you get a chance to get into MICA once again?” Even though the first chance did not work out, he took the advice and prepared for the entrance again. He states that he worked even harder than he did the first time.
He cleared the papers again and got a chance for admission. But then again, he did not have any collateral and both his father and sister had bad CIBIL ratings. Luckily, on the day of his admission, the sponsor helped him and paid the first instalment. Later, the bank also sanctioned him a loan of Rs 10 lakh.
And he admits that the last two years have been the best years of his life. He graduated but even that was not easy. He had to take care of his family and college expenses with his savings of Rs 2.5 lakh. He participated in many competitions and won cash awards. So much so, that he even managed to get a Rs 4 lakh scholarship from the college. Dev says that the entire idea of sharing his journey was that no matter what problems one faced in life, one should just keep working hard to achieve personal dreams.