The only secret to being successful is to work hard, consistently.
With the declaration of various board results, the one thing that remains constant with all the toppers is the hard work that they all put in.
Meet Aafreen Shaikh, the 16-year-old student from Gujarat who has scored 98.31% in the recently declared Gujarat State Board examinations. She is the daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver, Mohammad Hamza.
Speaking to The Quint, Aafreen says, “I would put in at least 6 to 7 hours of studies each day. Even after returning from tuition I would spend some time in revision. It is my dream to become a doctor and make my parents proud.”
A student of FD High School in Ahmedabad’s Juhapura, Aafreen is amongst 7.75 lakh students who appeared for the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board examination.
In a report by The Times of India, Aafreen’s father, said, “I nurture a family of four and will do all that I can to educate my daughter and fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor. We’ve never differentiated between a girl or a male child, and I will be the most proud if my daughters study and become independent. I am trying to arrange for financial assistance so that Aafreen can pursue a career of her choice.”
In a similar story where the sheer willpower of a student triumphed, we wrote about 17-year-old Jebin Kousar from the small town of Mujrahar in Hojai district, Assam.
Jebin was born without hands but never let that hamper her dreams in any way. Overcoming all odds, she not only passed her matriculation exams under the Assam Board of Secondary Education but also scored the First Division along with 11 others from her school.
You can read all about that story here.
If you feel that you lack motivation, remind yourself of these girls and then continue to march on.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)