There is no doubt that the pandemic we face currently will change people and in turn, alter the course of history. You would think that the virus targets our level of hygiene and safety, for which you would be correct. However, the impact of COVID 19 targets the very roots of what human societies are built upon.
We see such a trend in the education sector all around the world.
In the 21st century, information and knowledge is key. And without ever sitting down and deciding we conventionally believe and agree that education is one of the quintessential pillars in our society. Unfortunately, we restrict education only to academics, even though extra-curricular activities are what differentiate candidates in colleges, jobs.
In the detailed study of the Academic Stress, Parental Pressure, Anxiety and Mental Health among Indian High School Students, the professors discovered that nearly two-thirds (63.5%) of the students reported stress due to academic pressure. Therefore, as more time is spent on studies we miss out on learning new life skills through different activities.
Now that schools are more or less over and the academic pressure is lowered, it is time we take action and upgrade ourselves with more skills. Students must participate in something unique to one-up their competition. Unfortunately, new data suggests otherwise. On an average, Indians spend 4 extra hours on social media platforms everyday. Therefore, it is our duty, as parents and students, to turn the tables and acquire new skills. To help you out, I have mentioned a couple of examples that could possibly encourage you.
For starters, I have taken a handful of Udemy courses on Investing and the Stock Market. Soon enough, I will start a certified Spanish course to get an edge over the current syllabus. Lastly, I have started working with an upcoming company to advertise and market their product. While self-development is key to a successful future, it is just as important to help the people around you and the ones that really need support. Thus, I am affiliated with an NGO that provides free food, groceries, and water for the needy and poor. My goal at first was to raise Rs.10,000 however, I have successfully raised Rs.50,000 and as a troop of nearly 70 kids, we have collected over 7 lakhs. Our efforts allow the NGO to provide additional food for the threatened hospital staff members also.
By giving you multiple examples and facts, I hope you realise that the lockdown is a way for us to improve ourselves, to expand our horizons and to think outside the box. Additionally, we must do our part in helping migrant workers, doctors, policemen,etc. There is no harm in trying, any result you get will only benefit YOU.
“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”