Family was the inspiration
Speaking to the Education Times, Singhal revealed that his engineers have a family legacy. “My father and grandfather both did engineering from IIT BHU. Even my elder brother is an engineer from IIT Guwahati. That way, I always knew that engineering was going to be the way forward for me, ”he says.
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Although Singhal has always been in the top group in his class at APJ School in Noida, he has never leaned towards sports or any specific curricular activity. “It only strengthens my resolution academically. Since childhood, I have watched my older brother prepare for IITs, which made clear my choice of higher education,” he says.
Follows a schedule
Inspired by his brother, Singhal decided to go against the advice of his parents to join the ninth class in IIT coaching class. “My brother started preparing for the competitive exam in class XI, which I also decided to fix. I joined a coaching institute in the tenth grade, but the concentrated preparation started only in the eleventh grade, ”he said.
The mantra of Sinhala was continuity and hard work. “I have been self-employed for many hours. Attending all the classes, completing all the assignments given by the lecturers, being regular with the coursework, practicing numerous questions in repetitive mode for speed and ability development are some of the habits that have helped me gain confidence.
Take a break
However, Topper said it is important to take a break, because continuous study can lead to a breakdown. “My go-to was to spend some time on social media. My schedule was pre-determined. In times of heavy study, I’ll take a break from anything on Instagram and Twitter in five to 10 minutes. It helped me understand what my friends were doing and current events, ”he says.
Watching television shows with his family was another way for the student to take a break. “Family time should not be underestimated. Sharing smiles with family members can be a great stressor, ”says Singhal.
Facing the challenge
Singhal says that while he has been clear about his goal of joining IITs since childhood, there are many who are not sure about their future goals, which could be a big challenge.
“It can be difficult to be enthusiastic when studying the same course over and over again. With limited options to lockdown and break in place, this process can be tedious. I inspired myself with a single focus on my preferred outcome, ”Singhal said.
Another problem that students faced was the shift from offline to online learning. “In preparation, I joined Unacademie in my eleventh standard, which turned out to be a boon. Focused sessions with great teachers helped me get away from the monotony,” says Singhal.
The way forward
The young man still has no solid plans for his future. “I have a vague idea about joining a big company with a big pay package. Another thought is to be detached from the mold and do something for society. My immediate goal is to become an engineer by joining IIT, the next step I will take after that, ”he said.
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