Walking onto the pitch, sporting that No.10 jersey is just an example of how soccer allowed my dreams to go astray. Passion for the game, disappointment at every goal conceded, exhilaration at every goal scored and at the end, the freedom of the mind became the cement bonding my life together as I forgot all my worries. The beauty of the game lay in the fact that all I needed was desire and the ball; on its own, land became the pitch, injuries became souvenirs and every moment became mine forever. My name is Raghav Goyal and this is who I was 10 years ago. Today, I am at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, pursuing a degree in science, which is not something I am doing for my parents’ sake as many Indian children today do. As I have grown, needless to say, so have my ambitions. How long could I remain a child aspiring to shine on a large green field when the world is so much bigger?

Biology always interested me. Yes, I could be a doctor and make a lot of money but the excitement from innovation outmatches any other materialistic pleasure for me. This has been a hard journey for me. I was not the calmest person. I was short tempered while science and research required patience. I put in my best efforts to control this- I even tried golf! The outcome? I have become a more mature person; some say I am a “better” person.

It would be selfish to say that I alone have shaped who I am and what I do. My grandparents inspired me to work for others. My parents encouraged me to work for myself. My brother said- “Work for both.” Why research then? It sparked my interest and I now seek the opportunity to work towards benefiting mankind. Compassion, perseverance, loyalty and integrity are my four key strengths that I feel would help me achieve this goal. I want science; the world needs it. I do what I do because I want to, because in this land of opportunity I can…

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