They say next to a family; school is the second home for any student. Here are 11 reasons how this ‘home’ has contributed in one way or the other who helped me become the person I am today.
11 Ways School Helped Me Grow
I was a timid and reserved child. It took me a lot of time to mingle with people. Thus, I earned the title of an ‘introvert.’ But thanks to my school, all this changed. My school could be easily made the brand ambassador of ‘Indian Diversity’ as it has students from different walks of life, backgrounds, language, cultures, etc.
At first, I was apprehensive, but slowly as each day passed, I started getting along with my classmates who were different from me. I got to learn a lot from them. I was able to shed away my inhibitions, and today, I am a confident girl, ready to take on the world.
Everyone can make friends, but everybody cannot make the “right” kind of friends. It is not that easy, but thanks to my school again for providing me with a fantastic bunch of friends and teaching me the value of friendship. My friends were my lifelines during my school days and still are.
They accepted me for the way I am, with my weaknesses. Even though we are in different cities, we still keep in touch with each other (credit to social networking).
3. The Teachers
The teachers at my school were the best. I may sound a bit arrogant, but this is true. They were not like those ‘typical’ teachers but were very understanding. We could share almost anything with them without any hesitation!
The credit for my excellent marks during my boarding goes to them because they were encouraging and supportive. They taught me the value of time and brought out the best in me. When I was going through a rough time, I shared my problem with my class teacher and sought her advice.
4. The Assembly
The assembly time played a significant role in my life. Now one may wonder what is so special about a school assembly. For a record, the management and the authorities did not restrict my school assembly to morning exercise or prayer, but it served as a platform to encourage fresh talent.
Here, I gave my first extempore, facing a large audience and being appreciated for the same. It was here that I was introduced to the art of public speaking. It was here that I was able to overcome my stage fear.
The “Seniors” of my school resembled that of 3 Idiots. We were not subjected to any form of ragging or bullying. We could walk up to our seniors with our problems. They would help us with our studies, activities, sports, and even our relationship problems! I was able to befriend my seniors; some of them turned out to be perfect friends.
The recess or the tiffin breaks were mainly what I waited for. They were a great respite from those nearly dull classes. I was able to sneak into my friend’s tiffin. Isn’t it evident that your pal’s tiffin would taste better than yours? I used to share my tiffin with my friends and had innumerable gossip sessions over “aloo paratha and wai-wai.”
We had our first crush in school, made our first boyfriend or girlfriend, had our first heartbreak, and changed our relationship from committed to single and vice versa. I, too, had my first crush here and fell in love for the first time here. I also gained some experience with boys and relationships!
7. First Love
School life is that phase of life when you get introduced to the concept of “love.”
8. Extra-Curricular Activities
My school had a gamut of extra-curricular activities ranging from fine arts to sports, karate, debating, etc. We even had many clubs like the Interact club, the dramatics club, the literary club, and many more.
Since I had a penchant for writing since childhood, I became a part of the literary club, contributing articles and write-ups for my school magazine and participating in various literary events and competitions. I am grateful to my school for taking that extra step to build my passion for writing.
My school’s library was not very big, but it had some of the most amazing book collections. Since I loved reading, I would spend most of my free period in the library. It was also a good escape route to bunk lectures! The library in my school was responsible for developing my constant craving for knowledge and curiosity.
10. School Fest
The school fest was the most sought-after event in my school. It used to be held every four years and on a large scale! Students from different schools participated in our fest. We had many onstage and offstage events, all evaluated by distinguished personalities.
The show’s highlight was the live performances of famous music bands or a celebrity from Bollywood! I learned a lot from my school fest. Winning or losing doesn’t count, but participation is what matters the most.
Finally, my school is Farewell! I got the best farewell from my juniors. But it also marked the most important event of my life that it was time for me to bid farewell to my school as I was about to step into a more cruel, competitive world, but I also thank my school for making me bold and strong enough to face it.
To conclude, I enjoyed and cherished my school life. And it is advised to all the students out there to make the most of your schooling as it comes only once.