Begin with a positive approach

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” This quote of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, aptly exhorts you, dear students, to believe in yourself right from the beginning of this new academic year and move ahead with a positive approach and you will certainly achieve great things. We are sure that you are refreshed and revitalized after the summer break and are now geared up for the new academic year ahead. We believe that the start of a new academic year is always special and amazing as there are great expectations, so many new friends to make and lots of opportunities in store to learn and excel. Here are a few tips that you can keep in mind while you plunge into this academic session and we are certain that you will actually enjoy studying and make your new academic year productive and fruitful.

Set targets and plan

You need to set your targets and plan your approach in the very beginning.  When you set a goal you can accomplish and achieve much during the year by prioritizing things as they come.

Be open to learning new things

It is said that, “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” During the year ahead you will have myriads of different opportunities to learn. Grabbing every opportunity as per your interests will help you fulfil your own aspirations and increase in knowledge tremendously. Remember, you are more than capable of emerging as a competent, successful and happy individual only if you are open to learning.

Make good friends

Take up the challenge to make good friends. If you want to make good friends then remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Being a good friend to someone and having good friends is always healthy and helps you grow as a holistic, responsible individual and in achieving your goals.

Be positive

In order to achieve your goal in the educational pursuit you are embarking upon, you need to develop the right attitude to learning. It is advisable to take time and find out your strengths, skills and God-given talents so that accordingly you can work on them. A positive attitude to learning is not something we are born with, it needs time and effort to be developed and nurtured. But “attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference,” said Winston Churchill.  Continuously motivate yourself to develop a positive attitude which will help you achieve your goals in a positive and constructive manner.

Focus on your hobbies

During the year you will have ample amount of leisure time. In order to make the most of it you can take up a hobby such as learning an instrument (Indian or Western), dancing, cooking, jogging, robotics, painting, photography or even join some sports coaching sessions.

Take guidance from experienced people

If you are truly open for guidance from experienced people around you then you will be able to grow and take up mature decisions. Guidance and suggestions will enhance your thinking power and you will be an empowered individual. Ensure that you are surrounded with people who want to support you emotionally and intellectually and want to see you successful in life.

Keep moving towards your goal with determination and renewed commitment. The more you are open to learn, the more confident and skilled you will become. Always be grateful to God for your parents and teachers; love and respect them. Do not forget to be courteous, kind and good while relating with others and we are sure that you will succeed in your endeavours and enjoy the journey.  Wish you a fruitful and exciting year ahead!

Dr Augustine F. Pinto
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Dr Augustine F. Pinto

Dr Augustine F. Pinto is a well-known educationist and the Chairman of Ryan International Group of Institutions, Mumbai.