‘Create A Goal You Want To Work Towards’

    • NIE Dehradun
    • Publish Date: Apr 22 2019 6:36PM
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    • Updated Date: Apr 22 2019 6:36PM
‘Create A Goal You Want To Work Towards’

Michelle Gardner, vice principal of St Jude’s School, Majra takes the opportunity to welcome the students back to their academic stride in the new academic session. She urges students to believe in their abilities and take one step at a time in fulfilling their targets for the year.

Welcome back to the beginning of a brand new academic year. The opportunity exists to create new plans and goals keeping in mind the lessons learnt during the last year. Brian Tracey has said, “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.”

My message to each one of you is, believe in yourself. Be brave. Each one of us has within us god given talents. We must be wise enough to recognise them and be brave enough to pursue. Don’t follow in the footsteps of others. Develop the talents you have. Be realistic when you choose your path, the subjects you study, the extracurricular activities you choose, the hobbies you choose. Ensure you pursue what you have a natural aptitude for. With passion pursue your learning. Ensure your journey does not feel like a task but allow learning to be joyful.

In order to climb the highest of mountains, one has to begin to walk one step at a time. Hence, begin with organising your thoughts. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Create a goal you can and would like to work towards. Create a schedule to reach your goal. Then begin working towards the achievement of your goals. Learn to use technology to your advantage. Be disciplined. Use the screen for a short period of time. Sleep better and longer. Eat healthy and exercise. Manage your relationships with family and friends. Take time out to laugh, joke, sing a song and narrate a story to those around you. Organise your time effectively. Put time aside for studies, games and leisure. Ensure you read at least for one hour daily. Meditate or listen to music daily.

Don’t forget to be curious about your surroundings. If possible volunteer to work during the holidays in a profession you may want to pursue or for some pocket money. Work experience may help you identify the career of your choice. 

Work on yourself daily. Put aside all negative thoughts. Aristotle has said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Be positive. Shun pessimism. Learn to feel good about yourself and learn to believe in yourself and your abilities. Learn to say I can and I will.

We have a learning filled activity packed session for you. Dancing, singing, theatre, public speaking, debating, quizzing and games platforms are all ready and waiting for you. Take the opportunities that come your way. You may learn something new about yourself. Enjoy each minute of every day. Don’t forget today will never come back again. I hope and pray this new academic year is a fun filled one and is full of new wonderful learning experiences.




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