In Conversation With CBSE Topper 2014

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It was a dark time for all of us to give our 12th board exams. The long looming nights filled with dread about the future. Many students passed with flying colors, but few of us were aiming for the entire rainbow.
We caught up with the man of the hour Sarthak Agrawal one week through his new student life in Delhi University.
For those who don’t know who we are talking about, Sarthak was a student of DPS, Vasant Kunj who became an All India CBSE topper for 2014 with a whooping score of 99.6%.
Here is how our conversation with him went.

Isheeta: How has your first couple of days in DU been so far?
Well, it’s been a week and so far it has been good. Everything looks very interesting and SRCC, of course, is one of the best and also my dream college so it is good fun.

Isheeta: Your scores in the Board exams got a lot of media attention and also sparked a few trolls on Facebook! What was your take on it?
Well, I really found the trolls interesting and funny. I am always up for a good laugh so it didn’t really bother me. Also, I don’t see the harm in other people laughing at my expense.

Isheeta: What are your major expectations and dreams related to college life?
Other than scoring well there are quite a few areas in life that I haven’t ventured into for which college provides me opportunities. I am researching about college societies to see where I would fit best, though I am really hoping I can be a part of the debating society or Enactus.

Isheeta: You’re a pretty well known person in your batch, thanks to the media! What are some of the general reactions you got while introducing yourself to your peers?
(laughs) Well, I didn’t actually have to be introduced because everybody sort of knew me and while I did enjoy that I also found it a little weird that I have so much attention since almost everyone in SRCC is here because of their sky high marks so it is not just me.

Isheeta: Most of us know that you are, of course, very focused when it comes to academics. What activities do you take up to unwind in your free time?
I like to sketch, I did a short term course on it and since then I have loved it. I also like my music and sing whenever I feel good, though I am not very good at it. Sports is another thing, of course, I really like cricket and table tennis.

Isheeta: Any advice for SRCC aspirants studying in class 12th right now?
Well, I am not very sure what to say but students should just remain focused and keep working hard, it will be difficult in the beginning but as you go along you will find it gets easy so just don’t give up.

Isheeta is a hardcore writer and reader with an undying love for travelling. Her dream is to travel the world and write something about each part of the world in a way which has never been written before and for that she is aiming towards becoming a travel journalist. A student of history from Hindu College, she loves her college and her subject (well, parts of it). Romanticizing everything about this world in the head is her biggest weakness.

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