Perseverance and time management pay off..

w9Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love for what you are doing or learning to do – Pele

My parents always tell me – work hard like a slave now and enjoy like a king later. I would say, I’m fortunate enough to understand the meaning of this line at an early age. I thank almighty for showering his blessings on me to make me tread the right path and to hear my inner voice to take the right decisions at the right time and place. I always respect the hard work done by my teachers at school for taking out the best in me. When I was young, I wasn’t aware of the amount of work done by teachers until my mother became a part of them. My heartfelt gratitude to my principal, teachers, parents and brother for making me what I’m today.

I have always kept myself occupied with some or the other work to hone my skills. This is the quality of a true IB student! I have a passion for Math and Science, for which I have been working towards each year by taking part in different types of exams to make my mind sharper. My partner in crime is ‘Ayushman’, with whom I share a healthy competitive spirit.  He is my dear friend and we always push and encourage each other. I cherish the time that I spent with him.

Though I took part in quite a few Math and Science Olympiads this year, if someone asks me about my greatest achievement for this year, I would say First Lego League (FLL). I have been learning robotics for the last two years and have participated in a few competitions. I must tell you, my friends, that sometimes our luck does not favour us despite the hard work we might have put in. I too have tasted the failures, but I continued to practice regularly in anticipation of tasting a grand success someday.

This was the toughest time for me. I used to practice for 7 hours a day – sometimes even up to 10 hours a day. I gave up my friend’s birthday parties, movie time, play time and at times, school. I am pretty sure you have heard that you must have a goal in mind to achieve something and my only goal was to qualify as one of the teams to represent India in FLL International level, and I am thankful to my teachers for making all kind of necessary adjustments to help me achieve my goal.

I think the biggest reason for all the accolades was my time management skills. I was able to divide time equally amongst studies, extra Olympiads, robotics, gymnastics and, of course – my video games. I really hope I can continue my academic and extracurricular achievements in years to come, and make my teachers, family, friends proud of me.

Seek your blessings for the same, dear readers…