@shaktibhagchandani: What’s a defining m

@shaktibhagchandani: What’s a defining moment in your life? Failing out of high school and getting kicked out! I had performed fairly well up until the 11th grade but in my final year I completely checked out. I had become disaffected by the Catholic school I was in. I started to feel suffocated by the rigidity and myopia of my education, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I was a disobedient, rebellious teenager and I think the administration was looking for a reason to be rid of me. At the time, it felt like my world had ended. My parents were dumbfounded and disappointed – convinced that an undergraduate degree was now out of the question. The day I got my grades, my sister and my brother-in-law took me to see a film to cheer me up. My sister said to me that in five years I would look back and recognize that this was a defining moment and that I could only go up from here. Five years later, I had graduated with a BA in English from King’s College London. I had won the Jelf Medal at graduation, the most prestigious award an undergraduate student can win at King’s. I had been accepted into the MFA Film program at Columbia University. And I was about to move to NYC to begin my career in film.
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Photo: Phumzile Sitole & Yanna Buttons in LostFound by Shakti Bhagchandani
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