Wednesday, February 18, 2009

School thoughts...

This superb post set me thinking on what I learnt in school (from an Indian perspective, not US) and what I wish I was told. 10 points from my side, though I could go on and on...

* This is not the end of your schooling, though it is the end of school.
* Funny as it may sound today, many of your achievements till date will be overshadowed by many an achievement you will have outside of school.
* All those who think you are the coolest and the best, will find many competitors lurking in the outside world, probably far better than you. Keep working on yourself if you want to continue to be the best. All those who think that you haven't done much in school, don't despair. There are endless opportunities outside.
* Be kind to geeks. Be kind to everybody who schooled with you. Many years later, some of them would have started companies and achieved a lot in life. Why geeks, just about anybody here could be anybody in future from astronaut to businessman to scientist. What we have taught here are the basic skills in life. The real movie starts a little later, where sadly very little of what we taught here will be useful...
* Believe in yourself, first and foremost, forever. There is nothing greater than self belief that can propel you to where you want to be...
* Ensure that through all these little competitions that you had with your co students, you did not miss making friends of some of them. (I learnt this the hard way)
* We could have taught a little more of teamwork, but we failed miserably making each of you too individual focused.
* Don't limit yourself by any framework offered to you, though we did limit ourself to the syllabus because that was the easy thing to do.
* Throughout life many opportunities will re-present itself, but some opportunities are best taken when they knock your door, often in disguise.
* Don't fear trying anything. Singing, sports or dancing just because you thought you were bad at it in school...

5 comments:

purple pitara said...
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Day Dreamer said...

Nice post ...but just one thought everyone says that whatever you learned in school or college is later on useless but I think its may be totally off the topic on which you will work in future but the logic you learn there is applicable everywhere.

Loved the last one...

VnP said...

Funny thing about life is, you never realize the right until it's so long into the future that we cannot correct our errors.

I am sure scores of schoolers will still go through the ordeal like all of us, and realize the wrongs later. Probably post it on their blogs too.

purple pitara said...

I missed the one on "being kind to geeks..." and your last point on trying out creative arts - bang on!

Savitha Rao said...

Brilliant...