I am Dhamodharan Ramasamy, alumni of TRICHY PLUS. At present, I am in Republic of Armenia, studying two degrees in two different Universities in the capital city of Armenia. It is my highest pleasure to share my story to everyone through this paper. I hope that this narration would be an interesting one and somebody; somewhere would have come across the same pathway like me.
I am the third offspring after my brother and sister. We lived in one of the pleasant places of Coimbatore known as Valpaarai, where our parents are employed as tea estate laborers. They set a clear vision to raise us with good education, though financially our family faced a huge challenge. It was my aspiration to become a doctor right from the school days hence; I worked hard but could not acquire much competence. In 2002, I passed plus 2, but the results were not sufficient to enter into medical institutions. I decided to spend the next one year to improve my medical entrance score and secured 92% but it was not adequate.
In 2003, once again I failed to get the medical admission. This forced me to take an alternative decision to join Physiotherapy, one of the finest professions in health care. As a result, I had to shift to Trichy, the city I never ever visited. As my dreams were crushed, I was walking parallel with the life but not along with it like oil on the water. As days passed, the scenario was getting different because time made me to forget my regrets, largely due to the environment of Trichy, friends and seniors. I got really well along with my friends. There was an interesting turn in the journey, I fell in love with a girl. Initially, I felt that I all my problems were over but I soon realized that it was a terrible mistake. In 2008, all my friends who were supportive, including my love, had become dreadful chapters in my life. In a short period, I lost every one for which I have not been able to find a reason yet. All of a sudden, I became alone.
This loneliness had made an immense negative impact in my personal life. I went into the closed room; feeling isolated, grumpy, literally disillusioned and started to lose trust in everyone. Eventually, every one looked at me like a loser. Since time heals all the pain, my mind started to change.This time,I understood that not having a clear vision would be the reason behind all disappointments. It took approximately six months, to carry on to rewrite all pages in my life with a new expedition. Keeping all the failures aside, by the end of 2008,I got ready for a new contest. Higher education abroad was the new task and writing IELTS was the first milestone and TRICHY PLUS was the ground. Before entering into IELTS, I was in need of the basic communication skills, so I joined in VERBO-CITY course at TRICHY PLUS.
In fact, the classes were to improvise the basic communication skills; nonetheless, it was the perfect turning point in my lifetime. Thanks to TRICHY PLUS that made an immense breakthrough in my life. For a couple of months, I was out of my usual, boring and pointless routine. My maturity was drastically improved because I started searching meaning in each and everything. I was taught that even a stone has potential. Finally, the time had arrived to assess our personality by a test during the end part of the course. This was the incredible occasion inmy life because one of my peers and I were selected as having “Leadership” quality based on the score. This moment was the only reason behind all the success of my life until now. I was super charged, so confident and keen to bring out the potential in me. It should be mentioned here that a major part of the credit goes to Mr.Sivakumar and Mrs. Savitri Sivakumar, founders of TRICHY PLUS.
On the last class of VERBO-CITY, Mr.Sivakumar asked everyone about our interest to volunteer for a good cause. I raised my hand first in a matter of seconds, I was not aware of the objective of the project. After some time, few collogues of mine also showed their interest and during later part of the evening we were revealed to the objective of the task. The aim of the project was to donate an Electrical Ambulatory Chair to a fine gentle man who was an alumni of TRICHY PLUS and was in need of that service in order to acquire a job. The project was named as “Success Day”. For a period of one month, our team had run from pillar to post to make the success day successful. The sweet note to mention is that we collected huge cash (1, 25000 INR) and the left-over fund was donated to a trust which educates blind kids.
After the success of this event,I had a great emotional attachment with TRICHY PLUS that seems to be true and in return they offered me a job. In May 2009, I was given the responsibility to coordinate the “Summer Camp” that was designed to develop the soft skills of school children. I realized that once an incompetent teenager now turned to be a noteworthy man in a short period. In a loyal manner, I wanted to ascertain that I was the right person for the job, hence I nurtured the youngsters who enrolled in the camp. It was a great fun of one month and I am sure most of the students still remember me.
After such a beautiful and memorable time with TRICHY PLUS, it was time for me to depart to my native city. My next step was on the floors of PSG Institute of Medical Science, as a tutor in College of Physiotherapy. I had a fine professional growth there. Even though, my essential expenses were not met, I was gratified by the duties and responsibilities given in PSG. This institution provided a wonderful background for the process of education abroad until 2011. During this journey, I met a fine gentleman Mr. John Peter who worked with me round the clock for my IELTS preparation. After joining hands with him, I had confidence once again that was given by TRICHY PLUS earlier. As a result, I cleared IELTS with an excellent score that led me to apply for the Higher Education in USA, Canada and New Zealand.
Surprisingly, I received an opportunity to study Medicine which was my life time dream, in Armenia. In 2012, I landed in Armenia to start my career (Medicine) at Yerevan State Medical University. This is a beautiful country, with different culture, new language and handful of friends made this life an exciting one. I turned to become highly responsible and focused on the academics. During the second year of medicine there was a pleasant turning point that I got an opportunity to do my Masters at the best University in this country known as American University of Armenia (AUA).
I joined Master of Public Health (MPH) at School of Public Health in American University of Armenia in September, 2014. Since then I have been studying two degrees in two different universities that is highly challenging but possible. As a reward for my hard work, I have been offered 50% scholarship for my studies and thanks to AUA. Life has changed significantly from a common medical student into all-time scheduled dual degree scholar. My knowledge is being consistently strengthened to the international standards that are provided by highly experienced faculty members who usually come from esteemed universities such as Johns Hopkins University, USA.
I understood that for everyone letdown in life, there would be a triumph in future that became true in my life. I am so thrilled to face the next phase of my life that would be surely the peak of this upward slope and on that, I would like to do a super specialty course in medicine. After becoming a highly skilled doctor, I will start my own evidence based medical centre in Tamil Nadu.I am looking forward for success in the days ahead.
I am thankful to the readers who were patient enough to read this short account of my life experiences
Contact : Dhamodharan Ramasamy, MPH II year, School of Public Health, Marshal Baghramyan Street, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.
Contact number: 00374 94464964