A ray of hope

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A ray of hope

Turning their disability into a strength, five visually-impaired students of Surana PU College have fulfilled their dream by passing the PUC examination with flying colours. They were determined to show the world that nothing is impossible.

Metrolife speaks to some of the excited achievers, who — like any other student — have worked hard to get to where they are and have also chalked out their future plans.

Suresh C N, from the arts stream, has scored a whopping 92 per cent and like his peers, he attributes his success to his teachers and technology. “The kind of software we have now wasn’t available ten years ago. Technology has really given us a lot of hope, in terms of achieving our dreams. Of course, there is no substitute for hard work and dedication,” adds Suresh, who used to study for close to seven hours a day.

When it came to preparing for the exams, they ensured that they left no stone unturned. They recorded lectures and listened to them during their free time, besides making notes.

Group studying and discussions helped them a lot as well. Bharath M, also from the arts stream, scored 90 per cent. Having studied alongside Suresh since the first standard, Bharath says that discussing his doubts and studying with his friends always helped.

 “I certainly didn’t expect a distinction, especially since I studied in Kannada medium till I PUC and shifted to English medium only this year. Hats off to my teachers, who were patient with me, taught me the language and gave me the confidence to face the exams,” he adds.

These students share a very positive attitude and say that their determination helped them concentrate. Priyanka M, an arts student who scored 86 per cent, says that she never wanted to use her disability as an excuse.

“I am a very stubborn person. I wanted to show people that even someone who can’t see can still achieve his or her dreams. I used to study for close to six hours a day, clear my doubts with my teachers and friends and also listen to the news on the radio. I knew this was my one chance and I am happy I did well,” adds Priyanka, who likes studying history and Kannada. Bharath agrees, “I never thought of myself as visually impaired. I have had a normal life — like any normal person, I have my own set of dreams that I want to achieve.”

All of them pursue hobbies. While Priyanka likes to listen to audio books and the radio, Suresh enjoys playing chess and Bharath loves to play the keyboard. Most of them give enough time to their hobbies as well.

However, doing well in their exams isn’t the only thing these students aspire for. Some of the students wish to study further and take up noble careers.

While Suresh wants to take up journalism, Bharath aims for a post in the IAS or KAS and Priyanka wants to become a teacher. “I want to give back to society and teach children. I never want anyone to feel that just because one cannot see, he or she cannot dream. Where there is a will, there will always be a way,” sums up Priyanka.

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