Getting the NID call letter
I just got the NID call letter a few minutes back and the first thing I wanted to do was post my story here!
So let me start from the beginning. I’m a 17 year old who lives in Bangalore, India and for the past few months I’ve set my sights on the best design college in India: National Institute of Design “NID” in Ahmedabad. Out of the lakhs of applicants, this college only gives an admission to 100 students for the graduate program, so to get in there, one really has to have IT (whatever “it” may be). And I was certain that I did have IT, but after writing the entrance examination, I wasn’t too sure whether NID would see that I had it.
For people who cleared the entrance exam, they’d receive a call letter for the studio test and interview, which would be posted by March 26th 2010. I was hoping that the feeling of not having shown my best in the exam would pass in about a month and that I’d be able to get myself to again believe I was going to get into NID. The place is just so right for me, you know? But I was really really nervous about this call letter. I wanted it so bad. I started expecting it as early as March 5th, even though I knew they would send it in that early. The people who qualified would also be put up on the NID website, and I suppose it was logical to assume that the results would be online faster than it would take for the call letter to reach me by post. But I just couldn’t stop believing that I’d get the call letter first, before seeing it online. I checked the mail every single day without fail. I’d wait for the doorbell in the evenings that meant the mail was here. Even then, I knew logically, the letter wouldn’t arrive so early. I didn’t let myself concentrate on the fact that I wanted to be one of the 100 chosen out of lakhs of applicants. I didn’t remind myself of the entrance exam. I just focused on being in NID.
I searched for all the pictures the net could offer of the place and pictured myself there. I imagined myself coming back to my old school in my holidays and meeting my old teachers and telling them what its like to be in NID. I imagined myself explaining NID to the students of my old school, the way most alumni had explained things like that to us. I imagined myself coming home on vacation and visiting all my friends and relatives with detailed stories of NID. I imagined my friends landing up in NID to surprise me. I imagined seeing my name in the “Young Designers 2010” page on their website which featured projects worked on by each of the students. And I still, waited nervously for my call letter to arrive. As if any of that wasn’t enough, I typed out a call letter (I had no idea what an NID call letter was like, but I typed it out the way I thought it would be), put the NID logo on it and printed it out. I imagined reading it and feeling relieved at last. I designed an ID card of sorts, which had my picture and identified me as an NID graduate student, complete with my “NID email ID” and the campus phone numbers. All this went under my pillow. I typed out a draft message on my phone, to send to all my friends, saying that I’d received the call letter. The message was kept all ready for me to hit “Send” the minute I got my letter. I checked the website everyday, even though I had this “feeling” I’d get my call letter before the results were on the site.
And with all this, came today, March 24th. I had the strongest feeling ever that today was it. Today my call letter would be in the mail. I didn’t go up to my room. I stayed downstairs, waiting to be the one to receive the mail I don’t know why I felt I’d get it today; logic still told me the website results would beat the call letter. But like the Secret said, I shouldn’t worry about how its going to happen. And then came the doorbell. The door. The watchman with the post. And I took it from him, and there the last, bottom most letter in the stack, a white envelope, with my name and my address and…..the NID logo. I almost cried. I ripped it open to read that I’d satisfactorily cleared the entrance exam and I was now eligible to appear for the studio test and interview. I’m so grateful for the law of attraction. And I’ll believe in it to get me into NID too. Wish me luck for my studio test and interview from the 20th-24th of April. And I hope I’m back here to write my story of having gotten NID’s acceptance letter 🙂