“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t give up” declared a world renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author who was the Director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. This man was diagnosed with a paralyzing and crippling motor neuron disease and was given two years to live. Against all odds, the man was relentless to succeed. Through sheer tenacity that managed to pay off, he was given dozens of honorary awards and went on to transform into the man we know today as one of the most brilliant and exemplary scientists of all time – Stephen Hawking.
Life isn’t always fair, but it is often the worst that brings out the best in people. Here are some living examples of this fact from K J Somaiya Junior College of Arts and Commerce, that is, people who have imbibed the grit and mettle of persons like Hawking to shine in their own fields:
Vikram Sarjuprasad Vishwakarma
Score: 480/650 (73.84%)
“Being visually impaired should never be considered a curse” said Vikram.
Vikram declared that these were the words he lived by. Ambitious and enthusiastic about extracurricular activities related to literature, he has regularly participated in a variety of inter-college competitions organized by Sanskrit sabha and Hindu Parisabha as well as won prizes in Amarkosh Pathan Spardha and Geeta Patha Spardha. Composing his own poems since 10th grade, he is keen to make contributions to the literary field in the future.
Score: 407/650 (62.61%)
Suryakant is known for his perseverance and ability to inspire. Despite participating in a diverse selection of sports like Judo, kabaddi and cricket, admirably, he has constantly maintained a balance between sporting activities and academics.
Score: 344/650 (52.92%)
Hanuman claims to be fascinated by the digital world and IT along with academics. He also is mesmerized by music and often has songs lingering on his lips.
Prithvi Shethia – 92% and Prayag Shethia – 96.13% (topper from K J SSC JC)
“When we started studying it was difficult to manage college, practicals and tuition classes…. so we started studying at the beginning of academic year. We used to wake up at 4am to study and then study in the night till 11,” added the twins.
They say that each of them would continuously strive to do better than the other. In spite of this competitive nature to outdo each other, they would share their problems with each other as well. Supported by their college, they said that preparing for boards was not difficult and that they had engineering in New Zealand planned on their horizon.