Exams during school days for some could be the ultimate test of what you have learnt. For some, it is a time to bury themselves in books, solve mock question papers and ace the actual exams. For others, it is a dreaded period of more study and less play.
For a handful of others, the challenges they face from life outside school proved more difficult than exams. These students have overcome personal loss, disability and crushing poverty to ace their exams.
Perhaps you too can find inspiration from these determined, hard-working students to work towards your own goals–may they be academic, sports or creative. Here is a list of seven students who overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to pass their examinations with flying colours:
1. She was born without hands, so held the pen of excellence in her feet:
Jebin Kousar, from Assam, was born without hands. She is the eldest of six siblings born to an autorickshaw driver and a homemaker. But neither poor financial conditions nor her disability could stop Jebin from scoring First Division in her matriculation exam.
You can read in detail about Jebin’s inspirational story here.
2. A Bus Driver’s son in Delhi among the toppers of CBSE.
Very proud moment, just congratulated Prince Kumar,topper of Delhi Govt school, Science stream in Class 12,
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) May 26, 2018
The son of a bus driver had to pull in all his determination to study all year for his CBSE exams. He knew that his financial conditions should not stop him from studying to his fullest capacity. Prince Kumar, the dedicated student, scored an impressive 485 marks out of the total 500 and secured one of the topmost positions in the CBSE 12th Science Stream.
Want to know more about this determined boy? Read our story here.
3. Nothing could stop this 17-year-old from excelling in his exams- not even brain surgeries!
Debabandan Pattanik from Kolkata was diagnosed with a brain lesion when he was in Class 8. For six-seven months after his surgery, Debabandan could not even hold a pen. Even then, he was determined to work very hard, overcome all the odds and ace his ICSE exams.
It was pure resilience that helped Debabandan to give his exams just a couple of years after crucial brain surgery and to clear them. You can read details about his journey to success here.
4. Overcoming the loss of her father, Tilotama Yadav scored 92.5% in her CBSE Class 12 exams.
Tilotama’s father was the sole breadwinner of the family, and he passed away when she was just 17 years old. Since her mother is a homemaker, the financial conditions of the Yadav family fell considerably. But, applying for a fee waiver in school and borrowing books from her seniors, Tilotama made the best of the resources available to her and aced her exams. Read here about how the teenager overcame all her challenges to score so well in the CBSE exams.
5. Aafreen Shaikh, the daughter of a rickshaw driver, scored 98.3% in her Gujarat State Board Exams.
And she wants to become a doctor when she grows up! Aafreen’s father told The Times of India, “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 and a male child, and I will be 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.”
You can read in detail about Aafreen in our story here.
6. She battled muscular spinal atrophy to top the CBSE 10th board exams in the differently-abled category.
Anushka Panda from Gurgaon scored 97.8% in her board exams and topped from the differently-abled category. A trained classical singer, Anushka is wheelchair-bound because of her genetic disorder. But she never wanted to be treated specially because of this.
Speaking to Asian Age, Anushka’s father said, “She never wanted to use the extra time that was provided for her to finish the exam. She would always finish her exam in two and a half hours. She did not want to be recognised as a special category child, and as part of her preparations, she would solve sample papers in two and a half hours.”
Happy about her score, Anushka said, “I felt so happy after seeing the results but after I learnt I was a topper, I was literally thrilled. I have been preparing for my board exams from day one and would devote at least half-an-hour every day to each of the subjects.”
7. Overcoming cerebral palsy and even after losing his father merely two weeks before his exam, this teen scored impressively in his Class 10 exams.
Omkar Dhamane suffers from spastic diplegia, which causes extreme tightness or stiffness in the lower part of his body, especially his legs. Because of this, Omkar has limited movement in his legs and needs support to walk.
Just 18 days before he was to appear for his board exams, his father passed away. His father had always accompanied him and supported him to his exam centre. But in this crucial academic year, Omkar could feel the loss more bitterly.
Speaking to The Indian Express, he said, “I missed him a lot when I was going to write my exams… this time, my friends took me.”
Overcoming the grave loss and his challenges, Omkar scored 72.8% in his Class 10 exams!
These stories of grit and determination can be stories of inspiration for us. Even if you haven’t scored as per your expectations this year, you know you can overcome these challenges in your unique way and win in life.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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