Welham Girls’ Topper 2020:- Every year when the board results are announced, the stories of the toppers start buzzing around us. Each one of them has their own part of the struggle and a journey to share with.
Tanisha, Welham Girls’ Topper 2020, who scored an outstanding 99.5% in her XII boards, has an inspiring journey that boasts of her multidimensional personality.
Hailing from Ghaziabad, Tanisha has spent 8 long years in Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun, which has produced several famous personalities across different walks of life.
She is a girl with a wide range of interests that includes reading, debating, journalism, and being a yoga enthusiast for 11 years. Beyond that, she has also majored in French with a five-year course.
In her exclusive interview with DehradunTales, Tanisha shared that time management and hard work are the key secrets of her success. She also said that you must have unwavering faith in yourself.
A girl who is utterly determined to make an impact in society with her interest mainly in journalism, she believes in ‘Freedom of Speech’ and aspires to pursue unbiased journalism.
DehradunTales congratulates Tanisha on her grand achievement and wishes her all the best for future endeavors.
Read the full interview of Welham topper where she shares her interests and achievements, her success mantra, and much more.
Full Interview of Tanisha, Welham Girls’ School topper of Class XII in 2020
Q. How was the reaction of your family members, friends, and relatives when the result of re-evaluation was out?
It took quite some time for everyone in the room to digest the news. I could see the pride reflecting on everyone’s face.
Before we knew it, calls were coming from everywhere congratulating us on my success. I was so overwhelmed that I nearly got teary-eyed.
More than anything else, I was so glad for having sent my paper for re-evaluation!
Q. How did you get the idea of re-evaluation and for which subject did you get it done?
I got my English paper re-evaluated. I was happy with my initial over-all percentage but somehow my English marks did not satisfy me.
I have always had a great aptitude for the subject and my performance in internal examinations reflected that. After having consulted my teachers from school and my parents, I sent in the papers to the counsel.
It was a great risk because I was worried about having my marks reduced, but in the end, it surely was a decision worth taking.
Tanisha’s marks before re-evaluation
Tanisha’s marks after re-evaluation
Q. What were your thoughts behind choosing humanities?
I have always had an inclination towards social and political processes. Writing political articles and forming new ideas and opinions during debates and MUNs greatly influenced me to take humanities.
I was always sure that a more ‘Liberal Arts’ approach enthused me and I surely did not want to give in to the notion that only a commerce or science student could make big in life.
My subjects were perfectly aligned with my career plans of Journalism or Policy-Making and so I can confidently say that this combination of subjects was the ideal choice for me.
Q. What was the contribution of Welham Girls’ in your success?
Welham Girls’ has been my home for eight important years of life. It has shaped me intellectually, emotionally, and morally.
My teachers, didis, brearerjis, and friends at school always had my back. They believed in me when I did not believe in myself.
Welham is the place where I learned that life has its ups and downs. The Welham family gave me the confidence to go up on stage or speak at a podium without doubting my abilities. Most of all they accepted me for who I was.
The environment at Welham is just what one needs to succeed in life. I owe this home a lot and I am so grateful for having been a part of it.
Q. Which extra-curricular activities did you participate at Welham Girls’ School?
I was the Official of the Dramatics Club at school, senior editor for the school’s yearbook and member of the MUN & English Debating Society.
I was also a writer for various school publications like the literary magazine ‘Chrysalis’ and the monthly newsletter ‘News and Views’.
I have been practicing Yoga for 11 years now and have qualified 4 certificate examinations for Yoga by the Iyenger Institute with distinction.
Q. How did you balance excellence both in studies and extra-curricular activities simultaneously?
The bottom line is that it was very hard. I constantly felt that I owed it to myself and to my teachers to perform well in all activities that I took up. But I pushed myself to my limits and I did surprise myself.
What I realized was that time management and hard work are the two keys to excellence. As long as you put in your best, you will never have to worry about the results.
Of course, there were times when I was disappointed about the outcomes but that’s just part of the journey. Eventually, it all falls into place.
Q. Whom would you credit your success to?
I would like to credit my success to my family, friends, and teachers. They constantly pushed me to perform to the best of my abilities.
I would have not been able to achieve this without my parents who would patiently listen to me crying on the phone about work pressure and other problems.
My teachers were very supportive and very approachable. Their motivation went a long way.
I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards my friends. At the end of a long, tiring day, it was them who never failed to make me smile.
Q. What was your strategy or routine to achieve this score?
One thing that should be kept in mind is that it is important to balance studies and rest. Every individual has this one period of time in the day when they work best.
For example, I study the best early morning. So, I always planned my day’s schedule accordingly; studying the harder topics in the morning and usually taking time off in the evening.
Q. Share some insights on your strategy for all the subjects.
Written assignments must be a priority. It’s very different to know your content and to be able to articulate it correctly.
I also always made sure that I was consistent with my learning. It’s not possible to remember everything right before the exams. To study throughout the year is important.
Q. Who was the helping hand during difficult times at Welham Girls’ school, Dehradun?
The list could go on and on. Mrs. Sambasivam’s doors were always open to every student. She was always willing to hear out problems and solve them.
My housemistress Ms.Deepti Kumar and matron Mrs.Gurnam Kaur have seen me at my best as well at my worst and have loved me despite that.
I can’t thank Mrs. Ojha, Ms. Handa, Mrs. Bhatia, and Mrs. Dandona enough for their unconditional love and support.
My friends have been my cornerstones for years now. The strength that these people give me is unparalleled and irreplaceable.
Q. What are your favorite places or cafes to hang out in Dehradun?
- The bun-Tikki stall near the Dwarka store is by far my favorite place
- Salt and cravings
- Best Buddies restaurant (it has a special place in my heart)
- Café de Picollo ( I love the ambience )
Q. What are your immediate goals?
Presently am waiting for college to start. I am very excited to get more exposure outside the school and learn as much as I can.
I have not decided definitely about my career goals but I am eager to gain more insights and then make a certain, conversant decision.
Q. Where do you want to see yourself in the next 10 years?
I see myself as an individual who creates an impact on society through her writing. I hope to have traveled more. I also see myself as someone who has learned well from her experiences.
Q. What impact you want to make through journalism in society?
I believe that along with the role of informing citizens and making them aware of the happenings around, Journalism has a significant task in formulating an opinion.
I hope to pen such timeless writing that revolutionizes the way Media is perceived in our country- not as a biased and manipulative means of information but rather as a source of change and transformation.
Q. Share your thoughts on Free speech and scope of improvement in today’s journalism.
With changing times, the role of media is becoming more mainstream, and traditional trends are changing.
Free speech is more prevalent and the citizens are becoming more outspoken. But with this new fad, there is also increasing misuse of Free Speech.
I believe that complementary to such rights, rational restrictions must be imposed. Else freedom of expression will be endlessly manipulated for communal interests.
I think Journalism must be free from political affiliations and prejudice. Only then can Media utilize its full potential.
Q. Which foreign language have you studied at Welham Girls’ School?
I have studied French for 5 years in school. I have received the Delf A2 diploma. I intend to continue French in college and qualify for the other examinations.
A group of about 12 students also went to France for a cultural exchange program. We stayed with French families to get to know their lifestyle better.
We traveled to the most exquisite places throughout the country. We also took a 30-hour French course with the embassy in a beautiful place called Rouen. It was one of the most exciting and beneficial trips I have had.
Q. What are some of your favorite books?
The one book that I can read over and over again is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. It puts life in a better perspective for the readers.
My other favorite writers are Edgar Allen Poe and Bronte.
Q. Who is your source of inspiration?
I don’t think I really have one source of inspiration. It’s like all the people that I have met or who have been a part of my life inspire me in their own little ways and motivate me to take one step closer to the horizon.
Q. Any words of wisdom, you would like to share with readers of DehradunTales?
Be true to yourself ! You must always stick by your beliefs and principles. Be kind to those around you. The kind of treatment you give to others decides the way you are treated.
And the one thing I believe the most is that :
You must have unwavering faith.
When you think that everything is falling apart, a tiny bit of faith in yourself will take you a long way. This kind of faith has kept me going for years and I am sure that it would do the same for may others.
Believe In yourself ! You may have a lot of people who expect from you and believe in you. But all of that is of no use unless you believe in your capabilities.