- Transformation of Miss. RAIMOL MATHEW into Mrs.RAIMOL VIJI
My career started in Kerala, followed by 8 years of Dubai life and then migrated to Australia. We are in Sydney now and I am working as an Estimator in the building sector. My life after MACE graduation is ok so far by the Grace of God.
As most of us achieved our B. Tech with PhD (Passed with High Difficulty), I didn’t even think about another qualification.
Gardening is my hobby which I enjoy, but I’m forced to enjoy the hobbies of cooking and childcare seriously.
- Could you elaborate on your family, kids their areas of interest and other things that you may like to share?
My hubby Viji Paul is an accountant and we have 2 boys Paul & Mathew. Viji is good in playing ‘Thabala’ and enjoy being part of any choir. Both of my children like to play electronic games 24/7, Paul has an interest in the photography also.
- How do you feel about meeting old friends after a long gap?
Also worried about how to identify the friends because of the drastic changes of our face and body shape!
- What was your dream as a child? Did you ever think of doing what you do today?
My family pushed me to Engineering from my dream of becoming a Journalist.
I never had a thought of being an Engineer especially an Estimator which I am doing for last 25 years! (How can I think about becoming an Estimator who struggled to quantify the steel and concrete required for a simple retaining wall for Construction Management exam in S5!)
- Are there any unique factors associated with MACE that you think contributed to your success in later life?
Our campus life with fights, friendships, strikes, copying the assignments / lab records, tours, hostel life, canteen food etc
- If you are abroad or interstate, please could you share some insights about your transition to life there? Any difficulties in integrating with locals there?
Australian slang is too difficult to understand especially the slang among tradies. ‘ mills’ and ‘cooking on the stove’ are some examples. Thanks to ‘Google’ which still helps me to survive.
I hardly met any troubles in mingling with locals in Australia and UAE. Deal the people with a positive attitude.
- If you meet your own younger self in MACE today what would you say?
Enjoy the MACEian life
- Are you and family involved in any community activities/charity programs/political organisations/church /temple etc? What is your take on that? Why do you think it is important?
My husband is the Headmaster of the Sunday School of Syro Malabar church in our area and I’m his executive sec (silent worker) who does the documentation and other works behind the curtain. We both are actively involved in local parish as well as Syro Malabar Catholic parish.
We enjoy these because we are brought up in this culture and it is important for our children.
- Did you have a role model while studying in MACE ? Why that person did influence you?
- What is the most memorable event from MACE that you may like to share?
Car accident happened to my classmates who travelled from college to MH on last College Anniversary day. That incident showed our unity and affection. Also this accident labelled John Mathew as a drunkard who always keeps away from alcohol!
Another funny memory- Some of my male classmates brought 5-6 sets of set squares for Design of Irrigation Structures in the Final year. Why we need more than one set of set squares, that was a puzzle for all the girls during the exams. Anybody know the answer? If not, you can find out the answer during our meet.
- If you are to tell about the lowest and highest points in your 25 years of life, what would you say? Any regrets?
Past is past, live for the Present and Future. We have only one life, enjoy it.
- What is your advice to current and future students of MACE?
Try and work hard to achieve your dream. But at the same time be Happy and Content of what we have. Don’t stress too much.
13. Finally did you have any nickname in MACE?
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