NAME: VARSHA M KAUSHIK.
GRADUATING BATCH OF: CLASS 10, 2017-18.
CURRENTLY: A Student studying Year 1 in BA (HONS) at The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus.
SUBJECT: International Communication Studies with Film and Television Studies.
One thing that kept me going in 2020 was revisiting my memories. Memories from school, and memories of school trips and classes and every bit of laughter, smiles and tears shared in between those rows and rows of experiences. Your school years are your golden years, in terms of the friendships you get to cultivate and nurture, the knowledge you get to absorb and the overall growth you get to experience and be an active part of, and Swargarani is truly the place where I made some of my best memories till date.
I started out as a tiny little kid in the 3rd grade at Swargarani, quite unsure of where my ambitions lay, with my arm in a cast and my parents carrying up my bag for me to my class because I couldn’t take the weight. After 7 years, when I graduated from Swargarani in the 10th grade, my time there and my experiences with my friends, my amazing teachers and the super encouraging staff had somehow helped me determine my dreams going forward, and made me ready to carry any sort of weight the world could throw at me.
Seven years...wow! When I was in school, seven years seemed like such a long time and I wanted to grow up and graduate!
To a child, school life- with its innumerable amount of homework, repeated unit tests and exams and class tests (oh those pesky class tests, how I used to dread them!)- is cumbersome, just a stepping stone, nothing of importance particularly. But now, as an adult who will be leaving home- quite literally- to step out into the world, I want nothing more than to turn back time, go back to school and start afresh (maybe even take those tests again!) This is because Swargarani made those years memorable, enjoyable and filled them with so much of love that I can’t help but remember them fondly!
In morning assemblies where I half-paid attention to what was going on, and spent the other half talking and laughing with my friends, Annual Days and Sports Days preceded by rehearsals in the sun and making fun and just having a gala time, Talents Days that started out as nervous and terrifying but were made bright because of friends’ teasing and teachers’ encouragement…If I begin to truly open up that big box of memories I have and look at each one of them one by one, we’ll never get to the end of it!
It’s been three years since I graduated, but even today, during every December, I think of the Christmas celebrations at school- dancing in the assembly, coming back a little upset because we were yet to write that one last Unit Test paper (always either Moral Science or GK, we used to hate it, but that was part of the experience too!) and then exchanging gifts under the LED lights, with chalkboard Santa Claus waving at us merrily and gobbling up the plum cake we used to get. These are the memories that will last you a lifetime, and give you nostalgia for maybe all your life, haha!
On the occasion of Swargarani’s Silver Jubilee, I will only say this- every single minute I spent at school- whether it was hanging out with friends in lunch break below the beautiful Gulmohar tree, or deriving inspiration and motivation to continue working hard from my teachers in the classroom-I cherish all of it.
As an alumnus of this wonderful school, I couldn’t be happier that Swargarani is already at a Silver Jubilee! I wish everyone at Swargarani School a wonderful time going forward, and hope to see many more such Jubilee celebrations!