Scholar Success Story – How Yumnam Sonata’s desire to help farmers became her inspiration

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These words seem to be the source of inspiration for Yumnam Sonata, a bright student from Manipur. Seeing the struggles of farmers around her inspired her to take up Botany. She wants to pursue higher research in the field to develop tools and technologies that could ease up some burden of the farmers.

Belonging to a modest background did not stop her from chasing her dreams. Through her hard work, she was able to receive the L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship. We got in touch with her and asked her various questions. Here are the excerpts from our conversation with her:

Buddy4Study: Brief us a little about your academic background and professional journey.

Yumnam: My primary education was in our local school where I studied till Class 5. From Class 6 to 12, I was enrolled at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Khumbong in Manipur. Currently, I am pursuing B.Sc. Hons. in Botany at Miranda House, Delhi.

Buddy4Study: What made you choose a course in Botany?

Yumnam: Since agriculture is the main occupation in our country, I wanted to do something for its development. The thought of doing something for the development of this field motivated me to pursue a course in Botany.

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Buddy4Study: What were the major challenges that you faced during your journey?

Yumnam: I had to face financial constraints while pursuing my education.

Buddy4Study: Who inspired you in your journey?

Yumnam: In my everyday life, I used to see people working hard in their agricultural fields. I always thought of helping those people but I didn’t know how to. Later, with the motivation from my school teacher, I decided to pursue this course which would help me gain the relevant knowledge in this field.

Buddy4Study: How did your family support you in this journey?

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Yumnam: My parents have been very supportive of me. Although they wanted me to pursue Medical line, they never forced me for it. They always allowed me to make my own choices.

Buddy4Study: Who told you about the L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship? What were the steps involved in availing the scholarship?

Yumnam: I came to know about the L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship through Buddy4Study. These are the steps one can follow to avail the scholarship:

1. First, one needs to fill the scholarship from either online or offline.

2. If selected, the students will then go through a telephonic round.

3. After clearing the telephonic interview, the students will be called in for personal interviews.

4. If selected after the personal interview, students need to fill the scholars’ form and courier it to L’Oréal India.

Buddy4Study: What do you want to do in future? What will you do to execute your plans?

Yumnam: I want to become a researcher. For that, I intend to pursue M.Sc. after my graduation and then apply for JRF.

Buddy4Study: What would you like to say to other aspirants like you?

Yumnam: For all those who face financial constraints for pursuing their education, I would suggest them to take the help of Buddy4Study. It is a very helpful platform that can help you find many relevant scholarships. Buddy4Study is a trustworthy platform.

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