Vishnupriya ... I have known her since she was three
- extremely bright, very very hard working, very helpful to other children ... star through her government school, Kothapeta. Joined a diploma, after her 10th, hoping to do an engg after that somehow.
Tide turned as she struggled with her diploma - the shift from Telugu medium to English medium was very very difficult. In the diploma course most children were from english medium schools, while she struggled with her telugu medium background. Her star status fell. Her teachers saw her parents - illiterate, dalits, and looked down on her. She was friendless there ... At home her brother committed suicide. Her father became very ill and 30,000/- was needed. Her mother had to sell her dryland and went deep into debt. Vishnu was very depressed and lost much enthusiasm.
But she has struggled thro' it all.
She very badly wants to take her engineering exams - but she says the diploma training is very hard, and she return from the workshop at 10 at night, dead tired. She said that the food there is limited, and insufficent. I told her to study till midnight daily if needed on an empty stomach... that it is only in her hands. She agreed.
Then she managed to clear her Engineering entrance exam. She tells me that daily she studies upto 3 am because she does not follow the English texts at all, and has to simply mug them up. In her first sem she got 60%, and in the next 70%.