People have their own specific way of describing PDRC. Some discuss it as non-profitable organization or a platform for the talented student where they can endure their talents, whereas some might say it as organization full of opportunities but for me, it is a “CATALYST”. Like in chemistry the catalyst is a substance which fastens the reaction without taking part in the reaction. PDRC is an organization that catalyses students especially from the marginalized group by proper guidelines and facilities.
My journey with PDRC began in 2010 A.D, it was then when I first came to PDRC with my father in search of the catalyst. I grew up with dream to become a doctor. I was science student in my high school. With time the passion to become a doctor turned into my obsession. One year after my high schooling, all my friends started with something. Some went for business whereas some for media and what not. But, I was still there working and waiting to start up my career with my childhood dream.
One day something unusual happened. I got a call from PDRC saying that I have been nominated as a possible candidate for the program called NESA UGRAD. That was not the final decision however I was in shock because I always had this inferiority complex. I went to meet the program manager Mr. Rup Sunar and went through the counseling. The program impressed me. For a while I kept my dream aside thinking this would be a life time achievement. Even if I be a doctor, I would be an experienced doctor.
I was confounded. It was a full scholarship program with stipend still there was lots of ups and downs. With lots of dilemma I decided to go with application process, I bet this process wasn’t an easy one. I went through two interviews and the written exams and the orientation. There were around 16 students from PDRC to compete along with each other. Among these 16 only 5 were to be selected and sent to the Fulbright Commission for the finals. All of them were equally potential. Seeing all these truly speaking I didn’t have hope on being selected even for the final competition of Fulbright commissions.
But expect the unexpected! I was able to make my way not only to the finals but all the way to USA. The most important thing I am proud to say that I was the only girl participant from Nepal. This made me realize that I am equally potential like everyone. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of PDRC. They saw the potential “SHRISTI” on me. They provide me all the support and care to reach where I am. They made me able to believe on myself. For, this I will always be grateful to PDRC.
I came back to Nepal still living with my childhood dream. With all what happened I had learnt a lesson. “It is not about what you dream, It is all about what opportunities you get in Life.” There is more to life than just a childhood dream. If that day I chose to go with my so called doctor dream I would have missed a lot. Thank you PDRC.