Breaking down Stereotypes- Prachi’s Eureka Moments
Badminton, swimming, tennis- are few sports that we often associate as sports that girls play. But today, young girls and women across the nation are coming forward and breaking these stereotypes. Here is the enthralling story of Prachi Tarwan who is an agent of change and believes that no dream is ever too big or small, but every dream needs hard work and determination.
16-year-old Prachi is a whirlwind of enthusiasm and positive energy. Currently, preparing for 10th boards, she is a national level shooter too. During our conversation, we were surprised to hear about her passion for shooting, and how she balances her love for the sport, music, and studies. Prachi’s love for shooting was ignited when she first saw participants win gold/silver medals at regionals shooting event at her school. She found her calling in that shooting arena and started her journey towards becoming a successful national level shooter.
Challenges Were Never Hurdles
Prachi’s decision to give shooting a try in the 7th grade proved to be an asset for her academic journey too. Shooting requires a lot of concentration and focus, and she channeled the same energy to ace her examinations. As she moved on to join the national team, study pressure mounted. Her busy training schedule made it hard to keep up with her classes.
Prachi explains, “I need to follow a proper time table throughout the day or else I will never be able to keep up with the amount of work I have. I get done with school at 3 pm and go for my shooting practice till 6 pm. After that, I finish my homework and dedicate a solid 1.5 hours for my studies. Juggling studies and everyday practice can be quite challenging, but the BYJU’S app has been a big help for me. I go through a chapter in the app, attempt the tests in it as it helps me keep track of my progress. In fact, now I don’t feel the need to take up any extra tuition as the BYJU’S app had everything to help me out.”
A student at Mayo College Girls, a renowned boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan – Prachi is also a professional sitar player. During her free time, she loves going through her lessons on the BYJU’S app. Her younger sister too joins her as she loves the animations and finds the projections in the videos very intriguing.
“She loves watching the videos with me. I guess she will be picking up on topics a little above her intellectual level, but when was that ever a problem. She even went forward to ask my father to get the app for her,” exclaims Prachi
Learning As an Experience Rather Than a Compulsion
A big fan of Biology, Prachi finds Divya Ma’am’s lectures the most engrossing ones. Chapters on plants and circulatory systems are the most fascinating topics when it comes to Biology, and she also loves Organic Chemistry, a topic which is the nemesis of most school students.
Prachi often ends up missing out on classes due to her training sessions or competitions. Hence, for her, dividing time between shooting training sessions and 10th board preparations gets very taxing. But according to Prachi, her main source of tension has been eliminated as she can always catch up on the missed chapters on the BYJU’S app.
“The app has changed my method of studying completely. I love the fact that the videos offer me a lot of extra knowledge. The videos never fail to surprise me in terms of the style of explanation, real life examples, and animations used to break down topics.”
Ashok Kumar, Prachi’s father was relieved when they finally zeroed down on getting the BYJU’S app for their daughter. He explains – “There were no tutors here who could come to our house and help Prachi. We have seen a substantial improvement in her marks after learning from the app all by herself. We don’t need to oversee her studies at all now. Thanks to the app, a huge burden has been lifted off our shoulders as initially, we would always worry about how she would keep up with her studies, her music lessons and shooting practices. But she is managing it all pretty well now with the app and we are very pleased with the results.”
Prachi’s journey tells the story of changing times and reforming attitudes towards balancing education with personal talents or interests. Prachi’s determination and resolute nature has guided her into pursuing her passion without losing sight of her education. The future for young girls across India is bright, and empowering them to study and learn better along with pursuing their passion is a feat we at BYJU’S are striving to achieve. Reaching out to them may not be the easiest of tasks, but it is a challenge we take up with great fervor to ensure equal access to education across the country.
Special thanks to Mohammed Abrar for being her mentor from BYJU’S and helping Prachi learn better.
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Ankita Dutta is a STORYWEAVER at BYJU’S. Avid reader and writer by day, a classical singer by night, Harry Potter nerd, a film aficionado, and the classroom joker in her yesteryear. Ankita believes that words can influence to a point where they change personalities and ideologies. Wish to contact her about intriguing debates, writing trends and stories? Drop in a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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