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Pressure motivates North Y12 topper’s goal

“The pressure has completely been taken off with the marks I achieved and my family, relatives and friends have been instrumental during my journey,” the proud 18-year-old said.
13 Apr 2022 16:41
Pressure motivates North Y12 topper’s goal
Parikant Shivom Shandil.(Middle) with parents Kusum and Harish at their home in Rara Housing Lajonnia Labasa, Photo: Sampras Anand

Scoring the highest mark of 385/400 in the Northern Division was not an easy feat for Parikant Shivom Shandil.

Especially since he was competing with his two older sisters. They were both dux themselves during their time in high school.

And this pressure continued to mount on him because he had never achieved the overall highest marks for his school before.

However, on April 1, his dream to score the highest for Labasa College and for the division had finally become a reality.

“The pressure has completely been taken off with the marks I achieved and my family, relatives and friends have been instrumental during my journey,” the proud 18-year-old said.

The soft-spoken Parikant said his teachers were shocked at first, but congratulated his success.

This was because he was the first technical science student in a long time to have scooped the highest mark.

He said the high expectations from his family made him determined to work even harder and his self-confidence had been high.

He had devoted his full concentration to his revision for two months, leading to the examination.

“I am smart and used to rank fourth or fifth in my class and my marks were good as well, but the level of competition at Labasa College was high,” he said.

The tech science student has set a target to score above 385 in Year 13 this year to secure the Government-funded toppers scholarship.

“Afterwards, I want to further my studies in engineering at the University of the South Pacific next year,” he said.

 

Parents proud

Parikant’s father, Harish Shandil, praised his son’s effort because he had been a devoted child in his studies ever since primary school.

“He was always focused on his education and today he has reaped his reward,” Mr Shandil said.

 

Study tactic

Parikant concentrated his revision time on past year’s papers as they had similar questions that worked beneficial for him in understanding complex questions.

“I went through papers from 1999 till 2020 to get a better scope of questions and this really worked well as this year’s exam had similar questions,” he said.

Also, it helped him in familiarising with the type of questions that would be asked in the externals.

To those who had failed their external exams, he encouraged them to repeat and progress in their educational life.

Feedback:  sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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