My name is Roshni, and I come from the remote village of Gundecha in Jhagadia. I never had a keen interest in studying. However, my father wanted me to receive a good education, so he encouraged me to pursue my studies. I managed to pass my 12th standard exams, but then I faced the question of what to do next. Unfortunately, there were no opportunities for further education in our village, so I had to venture out. The thought of leaving everything behind scared me.
During this time, I met an ASHA worker who informed me about an interview for nursing training at SEWA Rural. When my father heard about it, he immediately urged me to apply. Moved by his request, I decided to give the interview. Gathering some courage, I attended the interview and managed to provide good answers, which resulted in my selection.
On the day specified by the organization, I bid farewell to my village, home, parents, sisters, and friends, and arrived in Jhagadia. I didn’t want to leave everything I knew behind, especially our village, Limodara, which was only 3 km away from the institute. I had to walk there every day. Early in the morning, I would prepare tea, breakfast, and lunch for myself before heading to work at 7:30 am. At home, my mother used to take care of all the meals, but here I had to manage everything on my own. I would often cry while carrying out these responsibilities. In the beginning, observing various patients during hospital rounds, witnessing deliveries, and dealing with the smell of sweat and blood during dressing and treatment would make me feel dizzy. There were times when I even thought of running away, but my father would console me, emphasizing that this was a part of life. He encouraged me to learn from these experiences and assured me that I would progress if I persevered. Motivated by my father’s words, I completed my training and decided to make something of myself.
Shortly after, an exam was scheduled in two or three months. Until then, exams had always been based on book knowledge. Failing to write correct answers would lead to failure. But now, I had to work with real people, where any mistake could cost someone’s life. Despite the pressure, I appeared for the exam and secured the second rank. This success boosted my confidence. I started enjoying my work, developing strong bonds with my colleagues, and participating in various programs. I even had the opportunity to travel and learn new things.
When I received a job offer at Mother Day Hospital in Surat, I hesitated a bit because it was quite far from home. However, I remembered that Jhagadia was once unknown to me, and it was my father’s encouragement that gave me the courage to step out. Now, with the knowledge and skills I have gained, I assured my family that I would be fine on my own.
To girls like me, I want to say this: Work hard, become self-sufficient, and never let fear or hesitation hold you back. Find your own happiness and strive to make others happy as well.