This article was submitted by Ergo’s Ambassador, Ashwani Singh, a first-year (Batch 2016-2021) at the Gujarat National Law University.
Remember your last year in school, when everyone wanted to know what you would be pursuing for your grads. Back then I had no idea about my higher studies, but being a science (PCM) student it was my sole duty to appear for IIT and I did apply for that (but never appeared for it). But then this magic happened. It was in September 2014, a friend told me that she wanted to be at a NLU (Of course by ‘a NLU’ I mean she wanted to be at NLSIU, everybody wants to be at NLSIU until they are stuck somewhere else), and that was when I came across the word ‘NLU’. At that time I had no idea whether CLAT was another name to the list of government’s scam or name of ISRO’s next spaceship (Later I knew that it was neither of them). CLAT to me was as unknown as Donald Trump was to any Indian until he started running for the president of the United States. I pretended (to her) like I knew everything about NLUs. Then I did what everyone does when they come across some new word, Google it. And there it was, National Law Universities.
I did some more research and bought a CLAT guide to get an understanding about CLAT pattern. With each passing day, I was getting more and more attracted towards CLAT/law. And I finally decided to give it a shot. After my 12th exams, I joined a CP Lucknow for CLAT preparation.
And then came 10th of May (2015), CLAT day, but the paper shattered all the hope. And the very moment I was done with the test, I knew that there was no way I would get through it. And when the result came, it just proved why I thought I was out of the box (My CLAT 2015 rank was eight thousand something). After collecting my shattered dreams, I started preparing for CLAT 2016. Whenever I happened to meet anyone I knew the very question they asked was whether I would crack CLAT ‘this time’. ‘This time’ sucked. All our life (whatever little we have lived) we have been told that we should not listen to what people say behind us. But maybe we should listen to people, because their words can enlighten your soul if you have spark in you, maybe that is what you waited for.
CLAT 2016 went well, and I came to GNLU. Now whether you call it a good thing or bad thing, but I take much time to settle around new people. At the beginning, I would rather like to stare into nothing than to talk to someone. I have always tried to get over this not so good habit, and every try was like a drop of water trying to change the shape of the ocean. But being at college/universities and that too when you are in ‘first year’, if you think you could stare into nothing and avoid talking, you are at a wrong place. There are people out there, in the class, in the mess, in the library; they are everywhere. And in case you are sitting in your room trying to find some mental peace, ‘they’ are the ones who knock (I leave the interpretation of word ‘they’ to you). Towards the end of the first semester, I was pretty much fine with the new world around me. Every NLU has its own charm which makes them different from other NLUs. The social culture at GNLU adds to its beauty, sure that there are a few NLUs better than GNLU but we are improving every day. Quoting Alfred Lord Tennyson, We are “strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”.
With 4 and half years more to come and 9 semesters waiting, life at GNLU is going to be fun and crazy, there will be a lot of things to learn or unlearn. There will be ups and downs, highs and lows, smiles and frowns. But whatever happens, whether the sun shines or not, whether I rise or fall, whether the moon turns the night or not, the love for law will never go down.
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