Ambika Singh Rajawat, a 10th standard student from St. Angela Sophia Sr. Sec. School, Ghatgate, Jaipur tells students how to maintain balance and emotional well-being during these prolonged periods of the pandemic.
Welcome to our new series, Wizkids! A new show brought to you by Wonderslate Technologies through which we’ll bring the stories, views and study tips from some of the brightest young talents from all over the world.
We have the pleasure of starting our series with Ambika Singh Rajawat who is a class 10 student. Besides being an ace student, Ambika is passionate about Reading, Writing, Sports (Taekwondo, Badminton), Art (Warli). At such a tender age, she aspires to be a civil servant.
Following is an excerpt of the conversation Wonderpublish recently had with Ambika Singh Rajawat:
Q. 1: What has been your experience with online classes so far?
Ans. My experience of online classes has been quite good! All my teachers have been very supportive throughout. Online classes are indeed very flexible, convenient and also saves time. With online classes I can devote more time to my hobbies and it also inspired me to explore new digital learning tools. So I have truly enjoyed the transition from offline to online classes.
Q. 2: If you are allowed to make changes to online classes, what would you change?
Ans. If possible I would probably remove e-books from online classes as I like to read from paperbacks.
Q. 3: What do you think of eBooks or eResources in general? Any particular apps you use to study?
Ans. e-books I don’t use much but I do refer to e-resources. Websites like Learn CBSE, Toppr, study rankers, embibe are really helpful. Apps like MSVgo, Tutorix, and Wonderslate are useful for preparation.
Q. 4: What sparked interest for the civil services in your life? What is your main goal for the civil services exam?
Ans. Civil Services was in my mind when I was an eight-year-old as my teacher told me that I should become an IPS or an IAS officer and make her proud. That was the first time when I thought that I will go for the civil services. Then to know more about the exam, I started researching and decided finally that I want to pursue a career in this field as the kind of service and opportunities which I will have as a civil servant would be more than in any other field. I want to be a people-oriented person working for the nation just like my Idol, Dr Kiran Bedi.
Q. 5: What do you think of the cancellation of board exams?
Ans. Cancellation of exams and syllabus reduction is not for our batch (2021-22) but in my opinion, exams should have happened for class 10 and class 12 as most of the students had prepared for the exams very diligently despite the scenario and also, most students are against the new assessment pattern which is adopted for class 12.
Q. 6: Have you thought of the streams right after the completion of grade 10?
Ans. Stream after 10th I have not decided yet completely as I have plenty of time to think about that. Still, Humanities is in my mind as the stream would be the best for further UPSC CSE Exam preparation as well.
Q. 7: As you are into Taekwondo and Badminton, have you been practising lately? How has your sports practice changed during these times?
Ans. My sports practice is definitely changed as the schools and academies are closed. Still, I try to practise Taekwondo and Badminton as much as I can. Basic exercises required for Taekwondo I definitely practise.
Q. 8: How did you develop interest in Warli art?
Ans. Warli Art, I got to know first when I got a project on it. It is tribal art of Maharashtra which is done on the walls, monuments, etc. which really amazed me as it’s something that most people don’t know about and I would want others too to get to know more about the rich culture of India!
Q. 9: What do you like to read in your spare time?
Ans. I love to read books by Ruskin Bond and Roald Dahl. Recently read Ruskin Bond’s ‘The Room on The Roof’ which depicts friendship and also self-exploration. I would say that’s a must-read for all!
Q. 10: Anything else you want to talk about that we didn’t discuss so far?
Ans. Yes! I would say to all students out there to be connected with their friends as it’s been a lot of time we haven’t met each other and did offline chats. So you can have a zoom call or Hangout every week according to your schedule and chat with each other! Also, if you want to utilise this time more then you can do your projects and homework together online. Just like we, best friends, did group studies at school!