As I bid adieu to yet another batch….. I ask myself “What do I feel?” I feel proud to have been part of their lives... I ask myself “Would they recall the hurried crammed up facts?” I believe that years from now they will perhaps remember some facts vaguely but they will reminisce on the stories we shared. Of kindness. Of Humaneness. I ask myself “Did I not listen to their confused minds patiently?” Yes, with a firm belief in the inherent goodness of young minds and young people I ask myself “Did I leave any stone unturned towards success?” Maybe yes, for I shared with them the importance of failures I ask myself “Did I shower them with enough love and affection?” I think I did. Despite the late submission, absenteeism, and occasional rebuke ☺ I ask myself “Will they remember me?” They would reply “In our Nostalgia of Space? May be somewhere…yes somewhere.. “ And now I ask myself “What next” as I look around at the empty corridors … And realise that ‘Life goes by in the blink of an eye’
Chittagong Grammar School, the institution that held the first International Round Square Conference I ever attended. Bangladesh was a country I had never been to before, so I had no idea what to expect. The first night was the opening ceremony and it was quite short and ended quickly. However, when we got to CGS the second day, we were all in different groups and were made to mingle with everyone. I think that day, I made a lot of friends from the school. We went on a long trek, got to know each other better and played some games at night. That was the day I realised that no matter where you go in the world and how different cultures may be, the people, their attitudes and the way they grow and some of the things they do will always be universal. We had so much in common with regard to taste in music, what we like doing in our free time, what we like to do with friends, how we’ve learnt things and what our interests are. I was able to gel with them very quickly and effortlessly. On the third day, we had a lot of activities-we painted on bamboo sticks, made a kite, played a treasure hunt, played some ball games but my favourite part was when they called students from government schools and we interacted with them as they drew and coloured on pieces of paper. They were all really smart and they were so aware of their city and it’s history, I was so happy to learn that. Chittagong has done a lot to uplift the poor and uneducated and they continue to do so, they have even inculcated these morals within the CGS students. Because of this, they are very empathetic. After the day’s activities, the school conducted a Jam night with great food, music and lights. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end our last night together in Bangladesh. One more really important connection I made was with the students from other Indian schools located in Nainital and Delhi. We were even in the same hotel so we spent a lot of time together, ate all of our meals together and travelled together. We grew extremely close by the last day. Thanks to the digital age, all of us are still in touch and continue to update each other about major events in our lives and just how we are doing even in general. I am really happy about it. I am really grateful about the fact that Inventure is part of Round Square because I do believe it is really essential, especially for people my age. Students learn so much from it, from differences in culture and area codes to learning there are still several similarities in upbringing and interests. Students develop great social skills and learn to make the best out of every situation.
- Let them study the way they want to: As parents, you should always respect your child’s studying style. They might want to study alone for hours together or study with their peers. Sometimes when children are studying together, their understanding of subjects is much clearer as it involves questioning, revising and learning together that does not happen when they are alone.
- Be a support system: Being supportive in any way will help the child study better. Help them prepare a studying schedule, or put up a timetable in the house so that everyone knows what exam is the following day. Sit with them, have conversations about things other than studies; this will ensure they’re relaxed and will be able to prepare better.
- Let them be involved in activities: It is not good to be an old school parent who cut off internet & TV time during board exams. The child does not have the capacity to study the entire day. Taking periodical breaks in the middle is essential. It’s a positive distraction that ensures that after the break studying is faster and better.
- Ensure balanced meals: It is the parent’s responsibility that during exam time they should feed the children a balanced meal of carbohydrates and proteins. So ensure they eat lots of vegetables, eggs, fish and fruits. Once in awhile junk food can be allowed, but not regularly.
- Do not put any pressure: Parents should understand that exams and marks are important but not more than the health of their child. There are more things in life to cherish than this. Let your child breathe, and avoid putting any pressure on them by reminding them to study, comparing them with peers or giving them any advice.