Charting your unique path: Do it!

563291_10151132055867119_1140900615_nI am a 23-year-old recent graduate from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and International Relations. I grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Cathedral and John Connon School. I then decided to come back to India to pursue an MBA at IIM Bangalore.

This is not an often chosen path for many. My friends at home would not ever think of going to an Indian higher educational institute and my acquaintances at IIM Bangalore always question why I came back when I was already in the US?

I will try to answer this question by charting out my experiences and the unique path I decided to embark on, replete with adventures, self-reflections and experiences.

Throughout my education, I was always extremely passionate and committed to economic development and growth in India. In addition, my academic background combined with the corporate environment I grew up in, always made me place tremendous value on the importance of business and economics required for this development. Since then my main goal has been to contribute to the macro-economic development of India.

In achieving this goal, I embarked on my own journey of exploration and was exposed to several paths: Financial center success growing up in Mumbai abundant in corporate successes, flourishing new ventures, expanding industries, and global outlooks; experience in education focused NGOs; an alternate academic approach with a double major in International Relations and Economics; field work in the education sector in Mithapur Gujarat and in the healthcare sector across West Bengal and Jharkhand; cross-cultural experience traveling around the world and living in Bombay, Boston, Washington DC, San Antonio & Seville (Spain); research and diplomacy in civic duty and foreign policy in India; policy consulting on U.S-India bilateral economic growth in the U.S; and private sector experience in technology. Finally, all of this led me to take a decision to come back to India, on-the-ground, with the best minds in the country to see how I could continue to shape my journey towards my goal.

So, in reflecting, to some, a path like this might have seemed odd and to others laudable. However, when you embark on a course that is yours to own and you consciously adopt an awareness of the choices made for you alone, neither does the cynicism or the praise play a part in the feeling of great pride and accomplishment. This is not to say that any journey is without it’s set of challenges but when you feel responsible for it, the gratification is unrivaled.

Thus in line with my main goal I made many unconventional decisions and followed a path charted out by myself. I hope to embark on many more of such experiences that will add value to my constantly moulding path and lead me to my goal. I hope you do too!

Sanjana Basu

Sanjana Basu is a passionate explorer from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and International Relations. She has worked and lived in Bombay, Washington D.C, Boston, Texas, and Spain. She is very passionate about to economic development and growth in India. She has worked in political think tanks, NGO's, rural field work and policy organizations. She loves creating and leading organizations. She headed the South Asian Political Action Committee at Tufts, founded her own organization called Tufts Idea exchange to stimulate learning outside the classroom and led an organization that designed a syllabus and taught English to immigrants in the U.S. At IIM Bangalore she heads the events vertical at the Cultural Committee and is part of the Consulting Club. She loves to travel, hike/run/play badiminton, eat new and exciting food, and meet people of the world.

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