Soumya Manugonda

Soumya comes from Penugonda village in Telangana. She is visually impaired by birth and has completed her schooling till 10th standard from the Devnar School for the Blind, Hyderabad. She completed the studies for the 11th and 12th standard from the Sai Junior College for Visually Challenged, Hyderabad. She is a very bright student and scored a 8 CGPA in tenth standard and 82% in twelfth standard in the Telangana State Board. Both her parents are farmers and she also has one younger brother.

Soumya got to know about IDIA when she was in the eleventh standard, and since then she has been preparing for the law entrance exam under the guidance of the IDIA Hyderabad Chapter. Throughout the two years of her preparation, she faced many hurdles ranging from family issues, economic challenges, network issues when she went back to her village, etc. However, Soumya never lost hope and finally emerged victorious.

There were weeks when she could not study due to lack of internet connection and other facilities but she made sure that whatever opportunities she got, she made good use of. Our volunteers have witnessed Soumya’s growth as a deeply compassionate human being full of positivity and hope. She never once gave up. Soumya is very motivated to make a career in law and aspires to be a successful corporate lawyer one day.

She credits her success to her family (especially her mother), the IDIA team for constant guidance and her lovely teachers at the Devnar School for the Blind and the Sai Junior College for Visually Challenged, who made sure that she had all the facilities to concentrate on her studies.

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