The dream is the fuel of our life, and the same powers us to grow, and people who achieved their dream can be dubbed as real champions. We got an opportunity to talk with a kind of personality, and that is Preethu Jayaprakash, a talented and self-motivated girl who converted her dream to reality by becoming a Chartered Accountant, she achieved her dream by passing through the roads which were not filled with flowers.
She is a fighter of the dreadful genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) but that never failed her to achieve her dream and she passed the Chartered Accountant Course, which is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. Her life will be an inspiration for many out in this world and she will offer Wings to fly to achieve the dream.
The girl hails in a beautiful small village Mangompil, Kuttanad of Alappuzha district, is the daughter of Jayaprakash K B and Radhamani. She struggled a lot to reach the peak of recognition. So let’s check out the exclusive interview with the determined and down-to-earth Preethu Jayaprakash.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Preethu Jayaprakash. I’m a Chartered accountant and working as an associate solution advisor at Deloitte in the USA. I am settled in Ernakulam and happily living with my parents and grandmother.
2. How was your childhood?
I’m a fighter of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I also had a brother who was also a fighter of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The disease showed its symptoms at the age of six months old. Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic incurable disease. I was born in Kuttanad of Alappuzha district. My father was a government employee, in the police department. He was busy with his job. That time mother could not take care of us alone. Our parents provide home tuition to us. The childhood was completely in our home. We did not have friends. My only friend was my brother and vice versa.
3. What challenges did you have to overcome at the beginning of your journey?
There were a lot of challenges at the beginning. I faced a lot of questions like why a child with a disability learns. Moreover, talking about the challenges in life, I go out in public and the people are overly curious about me. They stared at me as if they were seeing a strange child. It hurt me a lot when I was a child. I was so sensitive and introverted. Gradually my mentality changed, and I learned to deal with such situations.
4. Your life is an inspirational story. But, who is your inspiration?
This is the most frequently asked question that I don’t have an exact answer to. As per my concept, inspiration comes from our minds. We should be self-motivated. My inspiration has always been me. I had never seen a Chartered Accountant when I decided to become a Chartered Accountant. But I decided to join CA, and many people came forward to support me. Others can support us, but they cannot motivate us. After completing the course, a lot of people called to say that my life is an inspirational story.
5. How was your schooling?
My parents provided homeschooling. I attended the school for only exams.
6. What was the attitude of the school authorities?
The teachers liked me because I was always a topper in school. I studied in a government school. I had an attendance problem. A person who does not have sufficient attendance cannot write the exam. So I was not allowed in some schools and colleges. In my opinion, it is wrong. Education is a basic right of an individual. The world is at our fingertips. However, a child with a disability who is unable to go to school is restricted from writing the exam. It is a wrong thing. If a child with a disability wants to study, it is the responsibility of society to provide education at home.
7. Can you explain a beautiful moment in your life?
On February 1st, 2021 the result of my Chartered Accountant Course came out. It was the most beautiful day of my life. I am very different from others, but I proved that I am not less than anyone. My parents were so happy on that day.
8. Can you explain a bitter experience in your life?
I lost my brother when he was 14 years old, and it was a bitter experience in my life. Then I was in eighth grade, and I had no friends other than my brother. I shared everything with my brother. He was not only my brother but also my friend. It took me a long time to recover from this incident.
9. What are your greatest strengths?
My greatest strength is my parents. They did not force me to do anything. They always say, “You can do anything you want. You are educated and able to make the right decision. We will support you in whatever you decide. ” So without them, I would be zero.
10. What do you consider to be your weakness?
My weakness is my physical limitations. But I do not have time to worry about that. Our life is too short. So enjoy life to the fullest. I’m 70% differently-abled. I do not mind about 70%, but I do focus on my 30% ability. Everyone has a lot of problems to worry about. We should find our happiness and try to make others happy.
11. What will be your 3 dreams If God comes to fulfill your 3 dreams?
I will ask God to make the world without disability because I think disability is the most miserable condition in the world. Childhood, adolescence, youth, and old age are the stages of human life. The normal person faces dependence and disease in old age. But a disabled person has been experiencing all this since childhood. We face the misery of the elderly in childhood. I have never felt free. I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Then I was only 6 months old. I do not know the joy or satisfaction of doing everything ourselves. There are a lot of people like me. So my first wish is a world without disabilities. My second wish was to go through my childhood and adolescence again because I missed it a lot. My childhood and teenage years were between four walls, and I underwent a lot of treatment. So I want to rewind my childhood. My last wish is to help someone who is in more trouble than I am.
12.What is the role of parents in your education or success story?
The role of parents is very important in my education or success story. My parents struggled a lot to educate me. My father took me to the classrooms. He picked me up and climbed the stairs. My parents were waiting at the school during my exams. My mother was not asleep when I studied at night. It was very difficult to get a person for home tuition. My parents searched a lot to get a tuition teacher. Most of them were reluctant to come home and teach. Sometimes my dad took me to the tuition classes.
13. Have you any message to the world?
My message to the world is that a person with a disability faces more problems than a normal person. Moreover, everyone sympathizes with us. There will be those who discourage us and laugh when we decide to move on from our misery thinking that this is not our destiny. We can overcome it with our determination and dream. We will be an inspiration and role model to those who are discouraged or laughed at.
The journey of Preethu will motivate many to fly to achieve their dreams and we are much obliged to get an opportunity to talk with such a beautiful soul. We recommend you to stay tuned with us for more interesting life stories and updates from the globe at your fingertips.