The Journey of a Decade
"Every journey begins, but with a small step"; and when I took my first small step
into S.M.Shetty School, as a 5 year old in kindergarten, began my decade long journey. This journey has seen me through many ups and downs; transformed me from a tiny toddler to a tenacious teenager, and I wholeheartedly avow that I enjoyed every single moment of it.
Just recently, an acquaintance approached me seeking guidance to help choose a school for their ward, and my spontaneous reply was: S.M.Shetty International School. Up until I was asked about it, I had never really thought about my journey through this school, but after some contemplation, I realised how I much Iâ€™ve gained from and love this place.
Everything I could have hoped to be, I was given the opportunity to be in this school; be it an orator, an editor, a poet, a programmer, a sportsman, a musician, a designer, an actor and last but not the least a leader.
All my teachers have been an integral part of my life, and have taught; not only academically, but have also helped me develop as a person. Most of all, I appreciate being taught and inspired to lead by all my teachers who set a great example and truly brought out the best in me.
Our school ensured that I received the most holistic and all-round development possible.Our Annual days, Sports days, Assemblies, various intra and inter school competitions like Debates, Olympiads, Spelling Bees and MUNs have taught me effective time management and being a team player.
It taught me that everything cannot always go my way and sacrifices are necessary. Iâ€™m glad I was given the opportunity to partake in all the social work that we do each year which taught me to empathise, not sympathise.
Life is incomplete without bad times, and Iâ€™m grateful for all the help Iâ€™ve received with anger management and achieving emotional stability. Iâ€™ve learned how to cope with and not fear failure; and fight back with persistent hard work to achieve my goals. Iâ€™ve learnt to be humble even in victory and how to fall with grace and rise up again.
It is not just the teachers whom I will remember; Iâ€™m lucky to have delightful classmates with common ideologies and goals but varied personalities and backgrounds. Without them, I wouldâ€™ve never been able to exploit my capabilities in an optimum manner. Theyâ€™ve given me countless happy memories and shared good times with me. And who can forget our jokes, nicknames and pranks on each other!
The late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rightly said; "Sometimes it is better to bunk class and enjoy with friends, because today when I look back, marks never make me laugh, but memories do."
More than all the other years combined, Iâ€™ve thought about my school life this year. Ironically, it also seems to be the smallest year, just flying by at unnatural speeds. I was focused on my goal, locked on to only the end and nothing else, and now that it is almost here, I realise that I shall cherish the journey more.
Pursuing IBDP at Symbiosis International School Pune