Here’s why Sushant Singh Rajput rejected his Stanford University scholarship
The late Sushant Singh Rajput was not only a noted actor but was also quite an intelligent individual. Rajput and his telescope feature in many of friends’ fond memories and so do many philosophers. It is also known that Rajput was a student of the prestigious Delhi College of Engineering (now known as Delhi Technological University) but dropped out before he finished the course. In his earlier interviews, Rajput had revealed that he had dropped out of college to pursue his dreams. “It was 2006, my final year in college, when I dropped this bomb at home. They were shocked! So shocked that they couldn’t say anything and I took their silence as their approval…. It was hard at that time but now it’s different. My dad loves it when, on his walks, people call out to him, show him some recent clipping on me…he is really proud of me. But even today, almost all our conversations end with ‘beta, degree le leta’,” he had told a leading daily in 2017.
“Engineering wasn’t my choice. I wanted to be an astronaut, and later, an Air Force pilot. I remember tearing up my Top Gun poster when my parents told me that was not going to happen. Apparently, I was going to be an engineer. Maybe the drama I did that day should’ve given everyone a clue! But truly, I was gutted,” he had also shared.
What many don’t know is that Rajput had received a scholarship from the renowned Stanford University but life had other plans for him. “Instead of heading to Stanford University from where I had a scholarship offer, I dropped out of college and landed in Versova, in a 1RK (room kitchen) that I shared with six others,” the late actor had revealed. Despite leaving college, his alma mater had given him an honorary degree in 2015 which really pleased the late actor. “I am shocked with the invitation. Despite being a bright student, I left engineering in my third year to pursue my dream — Bollywood. It’s really touching that my engineering college wants to give me an honorary degree on their 75th anniversary,” Rajput had said in a statement.
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