I am not a bookworm, I used to watch TV have mobile – NEET achiever Sankeerth Sadananda
Udupi: My scores and ranks have never disturbed my lifestyle. I am not a bookworm. I used to watch TV, sleep for atleast seven hours and even possessed a mobile phone said Sankeerth Sadananda, a native of Hiriyadka of Udupi District who bagged All India Rank 4 in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.
He interacted with media personals here on Saturday, July 22 at Kadiyali. Sankeerth said that my parents never stopped me from doing what I wanted. They allowed me to chat with my friends and enjoy my student life.
Sankeerth owes his success to the people who encouraged him in subjects like physics and biology. His mother (ex-biology teacher) helped him build a strong foundation. It was my mother’s biology books with beautiful illustrations that first inspired my curiosity for the subject,” he said adding that this is what made him choose the science stream after class 10.
Talking about his study plans Sankeerth said that I did not go according to any fixed schedule. Instead of burdening myself with the worry of not completing something at a specific time, I simply studied when I felt the need to. I went on social media, YouTube and even did random things like jogging etc. I always kept my books nearby and picked them up when I felt the urge to study.
Besides school, BASE coaching and private tuitions, it was self-study that did the trick. I met a group of friends often and we tried to read the chapters and understand them instead of mugging them up. We did not study in order to clear entrances or score marks in exams, we did it because we loved the subject and were driven by the curiosity of finding out more, even if it was outside of the syllabus.
Speaking about his future he said that I have secured a seat at AIIMS, New Delhi and I have decided to become an Oncologist.
While giving tips to the future aspirants Sankeerth said that Coaching and tuitions may offer you practice tests and tell you what to study, but how you study is up to you. Important thing is to try to understand the subjects you study and find out more about them. This will increase your love for the subject and will drive you to work to learn more.
Sankeerth’s Father Sadananda Poojary, mother Geetha Poojary, Aunt Renu Jayaram were also present.