“Born and brought up in the Tenkasi district, I now rarely get time to visit my hometown.
Homesick, I call it!
Compromises are made because my goals are bigger!
I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Chennai. Though I had stagnantly dwelled in a place throughout my childhood, I had been shifting to 4 to 5 different areas in a span of 3 years within the same city.
I always enjoyed banging on my future-hood by being a proper journalist, and my parents were absolutely supportive of my passion. However, I picked up a college in Chennai for my Bachelor’s degree though I got placed in a few vast universities outside TN.
I joined Vikatan as an intern at the beginning of 2021, and later in the year, I wrote an exam for the Student Scheme in Vikatan and surpassed it. Simultaneously, I interned in Puthiya Thalaimurai, Asiaville Tamil, and other media channels to gain exposure and experience.
Down the lane, during my course, I learned that journalism is not just about reporting and researching; it involves more patience, dedication, passion, and compromises.
Nobody had ever forced me to work on Sundays, but I had taken turns to work whenever so that I would be able to gain a considerable community.
As a student journalist, I wish to break the stereotype that females should be allowed to work on their desired beat, be it sensitive or significant – because even we have families, which we laboriously miss. We go through sleepless nights in different regions, and more importantly, this job demands us to travel a lot.
I plan to do my Master’s degree in Political Science somewhere 1000Kms+ away from my hometown. I’m consciously working from the COVID times, despite the risks and homesick sentiments, because I discovered that a journalist could drive a difference in the society (and gradually the world), if not major, at least a minor one! So I tend to make a difference for the nation through my passion!”