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Finish college, then do what you want: Manish Paul

TV show host and actor Manish Paul, who passed out from the College of Vocational Studies has a very important request to make.

tv Updated: Jul 05, 2015 15:00 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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College: College of Vocational studies
Year of graduation: 2002
Course: Diploma in travel and tourism
Class 12 score: 74%

I have plenty of memories from my college days. I remember standing in long queues to get the form and the course of my choice, which was travel and tourism. I got through the cultural quota in CVS and I had to give auditions and sing songs.

And of course, on my first day of college, the seniors ragged all the freshers, including me. They made me dance on Salman’s song, O, O Jaane Jaana but it was all in a good and healthy spirit.

A lot of people think they must get into college A or B. I would just say that wherever you go and whichever situation you are in, make the best of it. Be the best man there, give your best — things will definitely fall into place.

Every student has their own choices — maybe there is a particular course you are interested in or a specific college for some reason. But let me tell you one thing: All colleges are good colleges. The course I did is not related to what I am doing right now.

I honestly completed my graduation because my parents wanted me to be secure with my studies, and in this kind of industry, no one can be sure of what the future holds. They told me that I could be an actor but that I’d have to finish my studies first. I really want to tell kids that they should finish their graduation.

They think they don’t need to because ‘acting karni hai to directly Mumbai chalo’ but my advice would be to finish studies and then do whatever you want.

As told to Yashika Mathur

First Published: Jul 05, 2015 14:55 IST