TODAY -

Celebrate the journey !

Dr Soma Roy Acharjee *



As the Board results are out throughout India and the social media floods with achievers, let us sit back and reflect on the path of achieving success. Is it only a result of countless hours of study or is it a testament to resilience in the face of challenges and unwavering belief in one's abilities, sheer discipline, passion for learning and thirst for knowledge.

If it be so then let us not define the realm of education as success measured by grades and scores only!

As we celebrate the achievements of students who excel in academics, it's equally important to shine a spotlight on those who may not have reached the same milestones but have demonstrated resilience, determination, and growth along their educational journey.

Board exams, with their significant weight in determining academic progress, can be daunting for students. While some may triumph with flying colours, others might find themselves facing unexpected challenges and setbacks.

Yet, it's crucial to recognize that success is not defined solely by the outcome of this single test. Instead, it's about the progress made, the lessons learned, and the personal growth achieved along the way.

Every student has a unique story—a narrative woven with moments of triumphs and tribulations. Celebrating the not-so-successful students in board exams is not about ignoring their academic performance; it's about acknowledging their perseverance, dedication, and the obstacles they've overcome. It's about honouring their courage to continue striving despite facing adversity.

These students teach us valuable lessons about resilience and the power of determination. They remind us that success is a journey, not a destination, and that setbacks are merely stepping stones towards growth. Let us celebrate their efforts, and instil in them a sense of pride and confidence that transcends grades or exam results.

Moreover, celebrating the not-so-successful students sends a powerful message to the entire educational community. It emphasises the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

It challenges the narrow definition of success and encourages us to embrace a more holistic approach to education - one that prioritises personal development, character building, and resilience alongside academic achievement.

In celebrating these students, we celebrate diversity, perseverance, and the human spirit. We celebrate the teachers who inspire and uplift them, the parents who offer unwavering support, and the communities that rally behind them. Most importantly, we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, regardless of their academic performance.

So let us also celebrate the not-so-successful students in board exams, not as symbols of failure, but as beacons of hope and resilience. Let us recognize and honour their journey too, for it is through their stories that we learn the true meaning of success.

Dear students, as you stand at this important academic juncture, you must remember that with achievement comes responsibility. Use your achievement however small, as a platform to inspire others, to champion causes you believe in, and to make a positive impact on the world around you.

Let your achievements be a source of motivation for those who aspire to follow in your footsteps, showing them that with dedication and determination, anything is possible.

Take a moment to express your gratitude to your support system of teachers, mentors, friends, and family members who have played an instrumental role in your journey, for their guidance, encouragement, and unwavering belief in your abilities.

Their support has been invaluable, and your success is as much theirs as it is yours. As you embark on the next chapter of your academic journey, remember that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong endeavour. Stay curious, stay hungry, and continue to challenge yourself to reach new heights of excellence. This journey is just a beginning, and the world awaits your contributions with eager anticipation.

Once again, congratulations to one and all who passed their boards. May your achievements be the first of many milestones on your path to success. Embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, and never forget the hard work and dedication that have brought you this far.

The future is bright, and with your talent and determination, there's no limit to what you can achieve.


* Dr Soma Roy Acharjee wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on May 19 2024.



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