An Indian girl from a humble background but with big dreams. Growing up in vibrant Goa with its beaches and palm trees, she leaves for the opulence of Milan. It sounds like a movie! But it happened to me.
After finishing my bachelor’s degree in architecture, I was determined to go abroad and study for a master’s in landscape design. I achieved a top grade in my bachelor’s. The local authority awarded me a scholarship, and my parents pushed me to go to Italy, much to my delight.
Ping! One day, I received an email from IDEA League about its Summer School programme. “What a great way to spend the summer”, I thought. My dream came true – five days of learning and networking at TU Delft, a leading innovative university.
During my stay, I shared a room with three other girls. Delft city centre with its stepped façades, canals and bridges feels timeless, like stepping into an oil painting by Vermeer. Chatting and giggling until the early hours with my new friends from all corners of the globe, eating the blandest local fish dish I’ve ever tasted (and enjoying it), visiting Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and sightseeing are all memories I hold dear.