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Compete with yourself, advises author Sudha Murthy to students

April 3, 2023

Infosys foundation chairperson, author and philanthropist, Sudha Murthy on Monday asked students to face failure if it came and accept it as part of life.

She was addressing the graduation ceremony of the 2023 batch of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Greenwood High International School in Bengaluru.

For students, it was a day of nostalgia, joy, recognition and pride as they were recognised during this year’s Graduation, the theme for which was ‘Beyond Boundaries’.

This year, 120 students graduated from the school bagging placements in the top universities around the world. The students were excited as the turning point in their life had arrived and greeted each other with smiles and laughter.

According to the school, Greenwood High students are accepted in over 200 universities around the world, including the Ivy Leagues. These include University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brown University, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, UCLA and Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Stanford, University of Texas, London School of Economics to name a few.

Murthy said, “‘School plays an important role in life. Teaching is a very important profession and it is important to know that after mother and father, comes the teacher. Always do what you are passionate about in life and as long as it is legally and ethically right. I’ve done that for 72 years. Show courage, compassion, confidence and work hard and have the approach that let me do it now. There was so much opposition to do what I wanted to do. But the quest for knowledge has no barriers. If you do all this, you will set a good path for the next generation. Never regret and always work towards satisfaction. Supporting children is the biggest strength in life. It is important to compete with yourself and you should always know that life is like a thali meal, which is a balanced meal. Work in a team and what you feel inside is success. Accept failure if it comes. It is part of life. Ultimately work towards success. I pray to God that all of you are blessed with confidence and meaningful life, be useful to mankind and work towards peace.”

Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School, said “Dream big, follow your heart, and remember that every simple step also makes a difference. At the same time, we must learn to live and work ethically. We have to work towards success in this world and at the same time reflect on our thoughts and actions. It is not only the end of an exciting journey, but also the start of a whole new chapter which will be as exciting as the previous one.”

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