Edu-Insight, an eye opener for SLC graduates 10 long years of education is judged in one examination, SLC. The year, in which each one of us has to work super hard and put in extra effort to get better grades as yes, definitely it helps in getting into a good college. And most importantly, SLC; tagged as the “iron gate” from time immemorial. I personally am a believer that SLC, in fact is an iron gate. And the fun part, you have a vague, unclear, wide and vast variety of ways to enter the house that resides inside the gate after you cross it. I am pretty sure each and every SLC graduates including myself have a concept that life will be fun filled and awesome after SLC. However, It is a topic of headache and stress to decide what to do, study, enroll in which college and so forth. Life is uncertain and unpredictable and this phase adds so much to the confusions.
Edushala, realizing the dire need and importance to supervise young students especially SLC graduates to help them choose their high school education which will challenge as well as interest them organized a 2 days program, Edu-Insight. The first day started off in PABSON Office, Dillibazar. Most of us were uncomfortable there as we didn’t know each other and had no friends. A youth run organization, “Yuwa” came up with this exciting game where we had to act like the animal we were given name of. That fun filled game divided us into domestic, wild and insects/birds group and trust me, when I say this, we were very proud of our respective team. After that to get us closer and know each other better, we were asked to share our names, annoying habit and an embarrassing moment of our lives. The shares of the parents as well as the participants were hilarious and we couldn’t control our crazy laughter upon the silly moments. To make us more familiar with each other, we again played a game of making a line with whatever we had with ourselves. Everyone was so excited that we used umbrellas, bags, shoes, earphones, towels, and well, possibly everything we had. This enhanced our unity and made us learn about the value of team work. The group of insects (my group!) won and we were more than happy! Later that day, we were accompanied by a motivational speaker, Mr. Raman Nepali who was admittedly, the jolliest person we had met in our entire life. The session started with shouting “YES I CAN” and continued where he showed us some amazing personalities and their struggles in life and how they fought with everything and proved themselves. It made us believe that no matter how tough life is, if you really want something to happen and have the courage and determination to achieve it, it will definitely be yours. Moreover, we had a short motivational meditation session with peaceful music in which Mr. Raman told us to thank our parents for providing us the life we have, our friends, our countrymen, our motherland, our relatives, and ourselves. We were taught to be thankful for our body and ourselves for living and surviving everything that was thrown at us. All of us were filled with positivity after the session and the day ended with a very positive and optimistic note. The second and the last day started off with some really talented people who sang, beat boxed, and shared their words and so forth. We had representatives from Management and Science sectors who told us about their fields. Later there was an academic panelist who included, Mr. Abhisekh Maskey, Mr. Ayush Shrestha, Ms. Pragati Gurung, Mr. Ruchin Singh, Mr.Durga Prasad Dahal, Mrs. Samjhana Basnyat, Mr. Pankaj Parajuli, Mr. Shyam Guragain and Mr. Anuj Ghimire. All of the panelists shared their journey and what sort of confusion s and changes they went through in their life that they were proudly living today. They answered all the queries and the confusions of all the participants and at the end of the session, we had an almost clear idea of what we wanted to pursue in our high school. The talk with the panelist was not only informative but inspiring as they convinced us that it was okay to change career paths, and that; to find out something you love, you have to try out variety of things. I personally had a heart wrenching conversation with nurse, Ms Pragati Gurung accompanied by Shristi, her parent and Mimon Manandhar where she shared the struggles of a nurse in Nepal. It definitely was an emotional talk. We all were excited for the most fun part and he was none other than, ROHIT JOHN CHETTRI, the heart stealer of many girls and the living legend of Nepali music industry. But unfortunately, we were told that he would not be able to make it because of some reasons. Then we had a meditation class but suddenly, there was the sound of guitar. I was so excited and overwhelmed that I shouted “Woahhh I think that’s Rohit!!” and everyone was so stunned to see Rohit sir standing there with his guitar. We were more than happy and excited when he shared his journey of music life and sang an exclusive song for us. He also sang “Bistarai Bistarai” with Aagya, some other beautiful songs like “Butterfly” where Oscar beat boxed and “Timro tyo dui aakha ma”. After the last session was completed, we had a selfie session with each other and that was very fun!
Edu-Insight not only gave us a clear vision of what we want in our high school but also gave us a family. We are still in touch with each other and I urge all the SLC graduates to be a part of this amazing program which includes living, empowering, motivating, smiling, laughing, and going on with life with a big and bright smile. The bottom line of the program was to motivate yourself and do what you love and choose a life you won’t need a vacation from. We went inside as a normal SLC graduate but came out as a confident and outspoken individual who knows what they want in life and that was – SATISFACTION.