While most of us claim that our childhood was the best phase of our lives, the same could not be said for Mihir Kapse. For Mihir, his childhood came laced with questioning stares and a constant fight to seek acceptance. Not much of a childhood memory we would want to hold on to, right?
Mihir was barely 10-years-old when his family discovered that he was suffering from a learning disability, which was later diagnosed as dyslexia after some tests were carried out. While carrying on with regular schooling slowly began to turn into a problem, Mihir was not quick to give up.
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Even as a kid, Mihir relished his own company, and found solace in reading and playing games. Yet, regardless of the discrimination that he faced in school, Mihir managed to complete his schooling till class 10th.
However, as time would soon reveal, dyslexia wasn't to be the only medical diagnosis that was to come his way.
Mihir was pursuing his engineering degree from College of Engineering, Pune when a sudden neurological attack revealed that it wasn't dyslexia but autism that Mihir was suffering from.
Talking about that fateful incident of his life, Mihir told Career360 that, “It took me two years to recover from that attack because the first autistic attack is one of the worst ones which one faces. It almost feels like reverting to your childhood phase and from that, we are required to build ourselves all over again”.
The diagnosis came as a shock, but could not trample Mihir's spirit. He continued to work hard throughout his life, to chart his own path and make his own place in this game called life.
So, when the CAT 2018 results were announced earlier this month, guess whose hard work and grit paid off in full? With a 99.97 CAT percentile, Mihir proved to this world that the will to fight and win is the most powerful to survive in this world.
Talking about this massive achievement, his mother Jhanvi Kapse said in an interview with MyMedicalMantra that, “all this has come after many hardships. We were not only fighting with his disorder but with the outside world as well, where children like him are not easily accepted”.
However, it isn't just his CAT score that is impressive, but the 27-year-old also holds a fancy job at JP Morgan as a quality analyst. When he was busy with his work or preparation for his exams, Mihir would solve puzzles or read fanfictions to destress.
Today with such a stellar score, Mihir ranks amongst some of the highest scorers of CAT 2018 and dearly wishes to get through IIM Ahmedabad and work in the investment banking sector, before starting his own startup some 10 years from now.
Mihir's journey might have been filled with many challenges, but it was his spirit and determination for a better life, that pushed him to move beyond his disabilities and achieve something many of us have aspired for.