Friday, 13 July 2012

“Students must Strengthen their Academic Roots” - Professor M.S.Rao

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle    

Students must not take their academic lives easily as this stage and age doesn’t come again.  This is the stage where students must learn maximum in their academic institutions as they are not engaged with too many responsibilities.  However, most of the students enjoy their lives in this stage ignoring their academics.  But they realize their mistakes after completion of their academic lives especially when they enter into employment.  This doesn’t mean they should totally devote their lives on academic by ignoring other activities.  In fact, there must be a balance between the both academics and non-academics.

Students must focus on learning all subjects equally through their attending skills in the classroom.  They may not appreciate certain subjects but it is essential to emphasize on all subjects equally to acquire basic knowledge.  It helps them become jack of all trades in their lives. It is like knowing something of everything.  At the same time they must emphasize on a particular domain in which they are passionate, and are interested to grow. Hence, focusing on all subjects equally will make them jack of all trades and emphasizing on a specific domain makes them master of that trade.  Succinctly, it is like knowing something of everything, and everything of something.

Students must strengthen their base in the initial stage itself to strengthen their roots.  They may not find the results immediately but they can reap great rewards in later part of their lives. Stephen R. Covey reveals in his book, The 8th Habit from Effectiveness to Greatness as follows:

“There’s a certain species of the Chinese bamboo tree that, when you plant it, you see nothing for four years.  Just a little shoot out of the ground and that’s it.  You weed, water, cultivate, nurture and do everything you can to make it successful, but you see nothing.  In the fifth year, this particular species of the Chinese bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet.  Then, once it had its root in place, all of the growth went above the ground and was visible, giving evidence to the cynics of the growth that had been occurring all along.”  Hence, you must strengthen your academic base during the education institutions itself so that you can become confident with knowledge, and can succeed in the corporate world. 

"You can't have the fruits without the roots. It's the principle of sequencing: Private Victories precede Public Victories. Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others." -- Stephen Covey

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