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ISC 2023 Toppers Speak

“Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood.” A truly motivational quote found among dozens of others on Pinterest. However, the exceptionally intelligent students in each stream of our outgoing batch of 2023 have left behind their personal experiences for their successors to draw inspiration from. Let's have a look at what they have to say :

Scottish ISC, I think personally, has done one of the best jobs of giving importance to a students academic as well as extracurricular career. I don't think I'd have ever managed to grow myself as an individual in so many different spheres if not for scottish. The school field will always hold a special place in my heart and those blue halls with spectacular views will never leave my mind.

I think that is the secret to my so-called success. I never allowed myself to be restricted by one responsibility or activity. Be it stubbornness, but I always had to play the piano or get a workout in even if it were the middle of exams. I think that's the best way that I handled the sheer amount of work in my life, but doing everything at once ( this is not recommended please).

I want people to understand that people aren't born the best. Hard work always pays off yes, but from what I've learnt, the best way to succeed is to be comfortable in the uncomfortable, be humble enough to not accept your the best and be stubborn enough to never settle for less

~Azann Qureshi (Science)

I've spent the last fourteen years of my life, making memories within the blue and white walls of Bombay Scottish. A key factor to fruition in my journey here has been balance. My academic performance had a lot to do with the fact that I made time for events like Perseverantia and the Student Council. Extracurriculars gave me the break I needed from the rigour of the ISC curriculum, which in turn led me to give my all to my academics. As my journey comes to an end, the only scholastic advice I can give is - find what works for you. ISC isn't one size fits all. Everyone's journey to success looks different.

~Tia Nagpal (Science)

My ISC experience was a wild ride. Juggling academics, hobbies and college applications while also trying to fit into a new environment with unfamiliar faces made these last two years a jam-packed journey.

I transferred to BSS Mahim from its sister institute, BSS Powai, after Grade 10. Though the two schools are very different from each other in their size and age, I felt a strong resemblance between them in the way the teachers teach, the values that are instilled into us and the general comfort and homeliness I felt. I never felt like a stranger, nor did I once consider others as strangers. It is this atmosphere or vibe that I will remember as a ‘Scottishite.’

My advice to anyone who may decide to tread a similar path as I did, one where you have to deal with the incredible stress and pressure of meeting your academic, personal and future goals, is that you should pace yourself. If you don’t feel like writing college essays, take a break, do something else, maybe play an instrument or, even better, sleep. Productivity and work are important but a healthy mind can help improve the quality of whatever you do. Enjoy the years in school. Life is too short to be worried about things 5-10 years in the future.

~Varun Gogoi (Commerce)

The lively class discussions, the tempting smell of canteen food and gossip sessions in the girls washroom makes me feel nostalgic. .For my ISC exam, my strength was my detailed and neat class notes which I would make during the class itself. For my entrance exams, I devoted significant time to attending entrance exam classes along with regular school classes. Having fallen in love with psychology in these two years , I wish to pursue B.Sc Honors in it and a Masters from abroad. My advice to my juniors : Set small goals at first and keep yourself self-motivated by practicing positive reinforcement.

~Salonee Dey (Humanities)

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