“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt This is the saying that Katrina Sharma, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student, who has successfully completed her first semester education after braving formidable odds, lives by. The journey of Katrina was so challenging, but her dedication sets an example with her continuous diligence to realize her dreams, fighting the situation she and her family has faced. The whole world seems like a toy box full of things (that needed to be fixed), This fascination with gadgets led to a career in aviation says Katrina.
Katrina shares her success story, which she scripted despite her economically weak background.
Katrina said, "My mother is a housewife and my father is a foreman in Nepal”. Due to the financial difficulties, I used to attend my school in the afternoon till 6 pm and had to study at night after completing the household chores. Both my elder sisters left their education midway due to our financial condition. But due to the good progress I showed in school, I continued with my studies." she adds “I always wanted to become a pilot, but the high price of pursuing my dream was beyond my means. So I thought why not get to know how these birds fly and what goes on behind the scenes to keep these huge metal birds aloft. Katrina said, "My mother is a housewife and my father is a foreman in Nepal”. Due to the financially feeble atmosphere, I use to attend my school in the afternoon till 6 pm and had to study at night after completing the household chores. And I started focusing on AME,” After completing her higher secondary education, she was asked to bear her own educational expenses. Katrina focused on her career and used to work until late night to support her educational expenses she was able to get the education loan to pursue a three-year AME license training course from the School of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Greater Noida. “Unlike other engineering courses, this is not a degree course. The course makes one eligible for a certificate called a basic AME certificate”.
Talking about her first semester, Katrina says, “There are mixed emotions about those days — dreams soaring high, desperate need to prove yourself, the pressure of high expectations and feelings of despair and desolation. Given the market scenario, I was not sure whether I would ever be able to realize my goals.”
Sharing some advice Katrina say’s “One should never give up studies because of failure or hardship. I feel failure is there only for a short period and it helps us climb the ladder of success." She added her words “You need a lot of perseverance, experience and knowledge to excel. If you are not disciplined and, do not have the ability to work hard then this is not your cup of tea.”