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DIFF Intern Contest Finalist – Mili Pradhan

Editors note:  please leave a comment about Mili’s post if you like it.  Tell us if you think she should be the featured DIFF intern blogger this summer.

“I can’t stand it when mom’s always on my case,” I complained to my 18-year old sister as I drove her to school that morning. My sister gave me an I-know-how-you-feel look. My mom had just given me a “sermon” about how I was careless about my personal finances.  As I drove away after dropping my sister off, I reflected back on the fight I had with my mom that morning. Was she right? Did she always know everything?

I was only four years old when my dad left us. My mom had to bear numerous humiliations because divorce in India was unheard of. She had not even finished her college education. How was she going to support us? Luckily for us, we had our grandparents to help us out. She soon realized that she would have to do the unthinkable, leave her children for three years to come to US so she could build a life for us.

I still remember the day she left. I was nine years old and my sister was five. I held on to her white shirt soaked with tears begging her not to go. After all, what was I supposed to do without a mom and a dad? She looked deep into my eyes and said “I love you and I hope you’ll realize one day what I am about to tell you.  Whenever you feel sorry for yourself, remember that it can always be worse. You can cry and pity yourself at our situation or you can rise from it.  You can dwell on the fact that your childhood is not the way you had wanted it to be, or you can learn from it to better your future.” Those words stayed with me forever.

My mother taught me one of the most important lessons in life. We cannot change our past and the fact that people act a certain way. We most definitely cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is change our attitude! My mom taught me to smile in the hardest of times. She showed me how to be extraordinary, she showed me to be the best, and she showed me how to make a difference!

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  1. I really like this one. My vote goes to this entry! Very well done.

    Posted by: Megan Sebold | June 18, 2007
  2. What a great story Mili! Yours was my favorite :)

    Posted by: Someone Special | June 18, 2007
  3. Great job Mili! Very inspiring!

    Posted by: Mike Madden | June 18, 2007
  4. Fantastic story Mili, by far the best of the three finalists.

    Posted by: James Rudicil | June 18, 2007
  5. Very inspiring. Well written and great advice!

    Posted by: Peter | June 18, 2007
  6. Great story….really well done. My vote goes for this one.

    Posted by: qlintern | June 18, 2007
  7. This one is the best Mili! I think it’s very inspirational because my parents are divorced too and it wasn’t easy and it still isn’t. Way to go!

    Posted by: EZ Steve-O | June 18, 2007
  8. My pick. Good story…and good luck!

    Posted by: Mike D. | June 18, 2007
  9. Best story! I was raised by a single mother as well and am proud to say I am who I am because of her!

    Posted by: Marissa Sens | June 19, 2007
  10. Great story. You should win.

    Posted by: Thomas | June 19, 2007
  11. Wow! Very inspirational!

    Posted by: Nick Vesely | June 19, 2007
  12. Wow! You are an amazing woman and through all the hardships you have still come out to be so incredible. You really teach us an important lesson in life! You have my vote.

    Posted by: CJ | June 19, 2007
  13. Attitude is Everything. Great Job Mili!

    Posted by: Amanda Racicot | June 19, 2007
  14. Mili,that was a moving statement about your mom having to leave to make the family stronger. It was hard for her to leave her children,family and the life she had in India to make a new life in the U.S. We all make sacrifices for the greater good. It takes strength to grow from them.

    Posted by: Jocelyn Williams | June 19, 2007
  15. Very touching and moving altogether! I especially enjoyed the theme of perseverence and remembrance.

    Posted by: Dan Tomaro | June 19, 2007
  16. WOW!!!! This story really proves that motivation and persistence goes a long way. This story also shows that even though we experience trivial problems and hardships on our way to our goals, there is always someone out there going through something ten times harder.

    Posted by: Dan Baiko | June 19, 2007
  17. By far the best story here to many of todays heroes are celebrities and sport stars. It really is nice to see such a mature young woman look up to her Mother the way she does. By far the best story of all three she has my vote over and over again.

    Posted by: Bobby | June 19, 2007
  18. Mili amazing story. I truly cannot believe you have made it to the level you have congratulations on your success. BEST STORY BY FAR. PICK THIS ONE DAN. IT WOULD BE THE BEST CHOICE SINCE DRAFTING LEBRON JAMES!!!!!!

    Posted by: David | June 19, 2007
  19. Awesome story mili. definitely the definition of ‘diff’. #1 choice.

    Posted by: Tom | June 19, 2007
  20. best story by far. very inspirational.

    Posted by: Mike | June 19, 2007

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