Once in a while we come across stories that inspire us for times to come. These stories lift our spirits and help us attain wisdom in it’s purest form. At MAD, we regularly teach our children about breaking barriers, transcending boundaries and going beyond to achieve their dreams. And today, we have one such story, one such dream to share.
Austin Paul was born in the small town of Sakleshpur in the Hassan district of Karnataka. Due to marital discord, his mother took Austin and his younger brother to her hometown of Mangalore. Austin was only 6 at the time. Unable to support the children financially, she enrolled them into the Aloysian Boys Home in Ullal till she could afford to rent some quarters. She fell ill soon however and passed away after a few months and Austin has lived at ABH ever since.
The loss of his mother had a lasting impression on his young, developing mind. His mother had been a pious woman and Austin gravitated towards religion and god at a very young age. He grew up as a silent and obedient young boy; mature beyond his age, responsible and independent. Compared to his peers, he showed greatest interest in his studies too, doing better in school than any of his friends at the center. Impressed by his determination and behavior, he was enrolled into the evening college program at St Aloysius college. Believing in having varied interests for the development of mental attic, he took up history, economics and political science as his major subjects. He was also offered the job of the Sacristan at the St Aloysius Chapel. His job requires coordinating the day to day operations of the chapel, ensuring everything runs smoothly.
When the CCIP program for the United States was introduced for 2013-14, Austin was the obvious candidate. Austin believes in the power of education and he feels that system of education in our country leaves a lot to be desired. Austin has a dream to change this but he knows that if you want to achieve your dreams you have to ditch dreaming and be a doer, not a dreamer but a constantly evolving doer. He plans to achieve this transformation by bringing in intrinsic changes to the system at the primary level. Hence, he has chosen early childhood education as his field of specialization for the CCIP program.
Austin tells us an important life lesson. He tells us that maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. And no matter what situations do to your mind, remember the dream is worth all of it.