St. Francis Institute of Technology was a one storeyed building of an Engineering college when our class teacher from St. Francis D’ Assisi High school Mr. Mathews took us for a short trip around the campus when I was probably in my fifth standard. “It’s one of the most reputed engineering colleges in Mumbai and I hope someday some of you make it to this college if you choose to pursue a career in Engineering’, he said. A couple of years later, while filling the forms for the CAP rounds post CET with SFIT being one of the centres, I threw a glance at the vision statement which read ‘’To be a chrysalis where bright youngsters are transformed into technological entrepreneurs and innovative leaders of tomorrow’s world”. The vast plush green campus with a building that had undergone a massive transformation from what was my recollection of it when I first saw it was enough to have me hooked onto the possibility of graduating from this college. And with a series of circumstantial events well timed in their effect, that is exactly what happened. The college had an experienced faculty across all its streams that were trained not only to impart the knowledge of their respective subjects but also inculcate a sense of discipline amongst the students. Always open to solving queries and ever so approachable, many of the professors went out of their way to assist their students and many of them were responsible for honing me as a professional and as a person as well. Regular use of audio visual aids for teaching, well equipped laboratories, regular assignments followed by assessments went a long way in hardwiring subjects into our minds. Workshops, projects, Paper presentations, debate competitions and presentations kept us on our toes. But the most special thing about this college was the opportunities that it presented to me. I worked as a PR co-ordinator of the IETE before going on to head the council and it gave me the opportunity to learn about leadership and more importantly about management and professionalism. Marketing for the IETE and the Cultural – Technical Festivals made me develop a liking for the field of marketing, something I pursued a career in post my graduation and have been doing exceptionally well in. The debate team taught me to be more aware of the socio-political issues around me, while the magazine committee gave me a platform for expressing myself. Taking up Basketball as a sport and representing the college gave me a sense of pride and taking up to stage and performing at IRIS helped me overcome stage fright, while also giving the singer inside me a chance to come out. I attribute much of the success I have achieved in my life to these opportunities that I was given and the professors who went out of their way to help me grow and inculcated values that I’d take along with me wherever I go or whatever I do. The boisterous sea of colleagues who made this jouney even more worthwhile are worth the mention as well. It’s been 3 years post my graduation as I am penning this down, and as I look back at this journey of four years, it fills me with a sense of pride that I graduated from this institution. Maybe it really was the proverbial Chrysalis as the Vision statement said. I wish the institution, it’s faculty and all its students all the very best in all their endeavours.