Ananya Milak the editor of the school literary club is also the topper in Grade 10 ICSE, with a centum in computer application. Keeping a good balance between play and study, Ananya is also a member of our basketball team and has won the inter-school basketball match. We spoke with her to know more about her inspiration, dedication, and success. Here is what she has to say;

How does it feel to be a topper in Ekya?
It feels amazing! There are many smart, talented and hardworking students in Ekya and to stand as a topper among them feels good.

Did you have a fixed pattern of study? How did you prepare for the exam?
No, I did not have a fixed pattern of studying. It would vary upon the portion, the number of holidays and revision time. I would take enough breaks as well during studies. For every exam, I would make sure that I have started studying early enough to have enough time for revision and solving papers.

Do solving old question papers help?
Solving old papers does help in preparing for boards. It can be used as a great revision. Quite often there are questions which point to a specific thing which you might have skipped while studying.

What was your day like during the study holidays?
I am a night owl and prefer to study at night. I would wake up a little late and start my routine for the day.  Study for some time during the day and in the evenings I would play basketball, and again I would study until late at night.

What was your coping mechanism during the exams? What was your stress-buster?
Exams were a very stressful time. I would play basketball, listen to music and go for walks at odd hours to manage stress.

What was the highlight of your success?
The centum I scored in Computer Applications and my physics marks.

And in the age of digital distractions, did you have to stay away from gadgets for the month?
Not really. My screen time had definitely reduced by quite a bit. But I wasn’t forced to stay away from them.

How did Ekya help in your preparation for the Boards?
Ekya has helped me a lot. The teachers always had time to answer our doubts. They would take time and explain it to us properly. We would even solve papers in class and discuss important sections that proved to be very beneficial.

The success mantra that you want to share with other students?
I won’t say don’t stress much because that’s impossible. But don’t work yourself out by only studying. Take time out for other things. Make sure you have enough rest and you finish your portions. The rest will automatically follow.

What are your best memories from School?
Definitely the whole experience. I personally love the lunch breaks we had, the practices for all events, the classes and unique discussions we had with our teachers. Playing in school and even for the school was memorable. Being the sub-editor and editor of the school will always be one of my favorite memories.

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