“When you really want something with all your heart the entire universe conspires to get it to you.”
There are no truer words. At times we see people who seem to have everything in the world and wonder what is the secret behind their success? The secret is- there is no secret. These people believed they would get what they wanted and that’s exactly what life handed to them. Why do you think pessimists are always so unhappy and in some or the other kind of trouble? Why do you think optimists always turn out to be the winner even if the situation is unkind? It’s because everything balances on your belief.
Although this phrase is my father’s favorite phrase I never really paid that much attention to it, but now I do. Why? Because it came true for me. The situation, the timing, my own irresponsible behavior, my exam rank, everything said that the odds of me getting into med school was next to nil. But I got in still. I got exactly what I wanted (getting into Manipal University) only because I believed I would get in.
And the getting what I wanted didn’t end there, I got every damn thing my subconscious ever wanted. I wasn’t ragged (Anti-Ragging rules), I got amazing teachers (although some aren’t really that amazing), amazing subjects (other than Biochemistry ofcourse), amazing seniors and don’t forget, amazing infrastructure (the labs are simply amazing). Wow, I am amazed at the number of times I have said amazing in the last few lines!
But that’s Manipal University to you in short. It is A-freaking-MAZING!
Spread out over 600 acres, the town of Manipal is centred around Manipal University (MU) like planets around the sun. With more than 20,000 students studying over 14 different disciplines in their very own campuses spread all around the town, living at Manipal is an experience like no other.
The main headquarters of the MU is the manipal.edu building which is attached to Asia’s largest Health Sciences Library.
Although Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) has a wing attached to the Kasturba Medical College, we have our lectures at the Centre for Basic Sciences (CBS) where all the lecture halls and labs are located (other than the biochemistry and physiology labs).
Everyday (except for Sundays) we have lectures from 8 o’clock in the morning to 12.30 in the afternoon. After that we have one and a half hours of break during which we head over to the Foodcourt for lunch. Standing opposite to the manipal.edu building, the Foodcourt is a beautiful two storeyed building where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served for the students who have paid in advance to eat there. But the Foodcourt also allows branded shops like Barista, Subway etc. to operate within its premises.
From 2 to 4 p.m everyday other than Sunday we have to attend our lab classes. At MU every lab is fully equiped with the latest intruments and equipments needed for lab work. It is a sheer pleasure to work with such high quality devices after using ratty, from-days-of-yore equipments at school-level labs.
But the best part of MU is without doubt the Manipal Sports Arena complex, also called MARENA. An architectural wonder, MARENA is a seven storeyed building housing courts for squash, badmintion, basketball, table tennis, football, tennis and ofcourse a HUGE gym. Since it was built in a huge depression, five of the seven floors of MARENA appear to be below ground level, although they are not.
But the one building I love the best out of them all is no doubt the Health Sciences Library, which also happens to be Asia’s largest such library. Attached to the manipal.edu building, the library is like a fortress eagerly protecting its treasures inside. Students aren’t allowed to take library books out of the building but since most of the floor space on every floor is occupied by single cubicles where students can study in peace, this doesn’t prove to be inconvinient.
All in all, being a part of MU is a matter of pride. And I am glad that I am getting the opportunity to utilize every facility provided here so that I can leave the institution after five years with my head held up high and only a brilliant future ahead of me.