Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of fire. Memory is a way of holding onto the things that we love, the things that we never want to lose. My life in St. Peter’s is a time of reflection and an acknowledgement of the enormous changes in me.
When I came to St. Peter’s I had no doubts as to the fact, that, I would succeed. Academically, I have always been one of the above average students throughout my school life. I used to be a bit lazy, mischievous and troublesome. There was this feeling that much of what I was doing was pointless. I would often go to a mental state that much of my works were stupid.
I can remember with clarity that exact moment when I instantaneously changed my approach. I started attending the scouts and guides classes. I started absorbing the intellectual wealth of my teachers.
I still remember our scout Master suggesting me “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient time. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or some future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seedtime, now are the hours of work and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.
During our summer vacation, I have been thinking about the words of my scout Master. I discovered my passion towards science. The school reopened. I started troubling the science teachers with my questions. They were very patient. When one of my teachers questioned me "Why don’t you start any project?" I told, "There is no opportunity". He replied, "If opportunity does not knock, build a door."
These words inspired me. I started my research work and participated in many competitions. In the beginning, I lost many. But with the moral support of my school, I never looked back & I never stopped.
For the first time I was appreciated by our Correspondent Sir when I participated in Indian Science Congress. His golden words: "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do", made my goal much clearer.
- Recognition from NASA
- Participated in 15th National Children Science Congress
- Represented India in International Conferences like 58th International Astronautical Congress, OSSHE, Nanotech – 2009 etc.
- One among top ten young scientists in the world.
- First Indian member of ‘WE’ campaign.
- First Indian member of the Alliance for Climate Protection.
- Guest for 16th National Children Science Congress & 96th Indian Science Congress.
- One of the two Master Certified Child Scientists world in 2009.
- Interacted with eminent personalities like Barack Obama, Master of the Universe Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Sunita Williams, Manmohan Singh etc.
- Appreciated by H.E. Barack Obama, President of USA, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
I represented our country in many International Conferences line Nanotech-2008, International Astronautical Congress, OSSHE etc. My confidence levels drastically boosted up. I participated in school cabinet Elections and became the Head Boy of the school. I remember our Rector Madam telling me " A leader is one who sets an example in every aspect". I tried to improve upon myself.
I noticed that my education was accelerating now that I had learned to learn from every single person and object and my friends played a vital role in this. I started thinking about my future. Our Principal Madam advised me "Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today aim you against the present". I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Son of St. Peter’s
Pranav Kumar VVS