Sharing anecdotes about her struggles before becoming a renowned actor, Samantha, in a motivational speech at Sathyabama University, urged students to dream.
“When I was studying my mom and dad told me to study hard and you will make it big. I studied hard. I topped 10th standard, 12th standard, and college. But then, when I wanted to study further, my parents could not afford it. I had no dreams, no future, nothing,” she said.
“I know you believe that you are supposed to take the path your parents expect of you. But I am here to tell you to dream. Dream whatever you want and you will achieve it. You will fail, it will be hard – but you will persist,” she added.
Facing a financial crunch in the past, Samantha worked extremely hard to support herself and was determined to succeed. “I ate one meal a day for at least two months. I worked odd jobs. And I’m here today. If I was able to do it, you can!”
She called students the only future of this country.