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My SOP for creativity workshop

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

My school has been offered 4 spots for a highly competitive creativity workshop and it is open to the students of grades nine to eleven. So,in short it is uber competetive.I really hope that I get selected and below is the SOP that I wrote:

Statement Of Purpose

I’m Dhruv Krishnaswamy from class 9D and I would like  to take part in the creativity workshop by OnCourse Vantage because it would be an excellent opportunity to learn from the best plus it would open a new window for my creative aspirations.

Creativity is a strange thing.The times when you need it the most,it bails on you and at times when all you want to do is relax,you are bombarded by ideas of building crazy rockets,starting a business or writing unique blog posts.

As a student of ninth grade in India,I feel that our country does not place enough emphasis on developing the creativity of students,rather the system focuses more on rote memorisation and making students blindly copy facts.Teenagers like myself are often told to stick to the book and not think out of the box.But I ask Why?I’m not going to rant any more about how our country doesn’t encourage creative endeavours instead I’m going to tell you why I think I’m the right person for the creativity workshop.

The first reason being that I have a burning desire to learn more about creativity and I want to change the way our country views it.This workshop will help my imagination and creative side develop because I believe that only with creativity can innovation be possible and only innovation can take our country further .

Second,as an avid MUNer and debater I know how important creativity is to get your point across or to phrase an argument and hence this experience will teach me how creative thinking can help me win a debate or stand out at an MUN.

Lastly,I feel that a person like me who is bubbling with many ideas for websites,apps and services and is an avid blogger would benefit from this creative stint in my pursuit to become an entrepreneur.

In the end I really hope that I get to be a part of this learning experience so that I can develop wings of creativity which will help me soar high.

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I had an opportunity to meet the former President of India,Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and below is the essay I submitted so that they would select me.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,The Missile Man of man of India is one of the most inspiring Indians alive.Hailing from a humble background in the small town of Rameswaram ,Dr Kalam showed us how dedication and hardwork can change a person’s life regardless of his background by becoming the President of the largest democracy in the world.I want to meet Dr Kalam because apart from being the former President of India ,he is also one of the brightest minds of our times.I want to see how such a person with numerous achievements including the Bharat Ratna can manage to remain so down-to-earth.Meeting Dr Kalam would be an insightful experience because he is one of the best of examples of a brilliant mind not succumbing to the brain-drain phenomena.I would like to ask Dr Kalam,

1)”At the rate technology is developing what worries you most about the future of our country?”

2)”What is your opinion about the current political scenario in our country especially with BJP in power?”

I would like to ask these questions because technology as much as it is beneficial can also be destructive.Since he has a scientific background,I would like his opinion.Also,as Dr APJ has had a stint in politics,I would want to know his views on the political scene.

In the end I would like to be selected because I would not want to miss a ‘selfie opportunity’ with Dr Kalam 🙂

 

-Dhruv Krishnaswamy,class IX-D

Well….I wasn’t selected and looking back I can see that I did not demonstrate enough interest and my last paragraphs were to cramped and not elaborated enough,in an attempt to adhere to the word limit which was 200 words.Also,I forgot to add a title. These was probably the reasons why I wasn’t selected.Anyways,I have to move on.

On an unrelated note one of the people who was selected wrote a 330 word essay.So much for adhering to the word limit!…..Anyways congrats to her and I hope I learn something valuable from this failure of mine.

2014 has been a great year and I wanted to make this post about my accomplishments during the course of the year.This post is going to be in the format of a list,so here goes-:

-I took part in more Model United Nations conferences and won awards…I won 2 special mentions and got 1 verbal mention in the 3 conferences I took part in.I learn’t not only to draft MUN resolutions but also learn’t a fair bit more about international relations and law.

-I was selected to attend and represent my school at a highly selective Model United Nations workshop which was conducted at the United States embassy in New Delhi.During this 2 day learning experience,I was familiarised with the most effective ways in which to put forward an argument and such intricacies of debate.Overall enjoyable and great learning experience

-I was selected for the school football team and over this year,I have become a better player and am now more confident in myself while playing.

-I had the privilege of being in a workshop about ‘French as a Second Language’ conducted by an official of the French embassy.This was not only informative but also sparked my interest further in pursuing French.

-I was also selected for a competitive French virtual Pen Pal program which introduced me to my french pen pal,18 year old Anthony who lives in Normandie.

-Importantly this year I was elected as my class representative.I have enjoyed this leadership experience so far and this has actually brought out my interest in being in the student council and working for the welfare of my class by representing the views of my fellow classmates.

-I am the only 9th grader to be a member of the Core 8 of the Debate Society of my school,that gives me immense pride because I am being recognised for something that I love that is debate.

-I have been selected as a student tour guide for my school where I show parents of new admissions around the school.

-Very importantly,I have started to write more frequently for my blog and this is keeping my happy.

-I have also started to take courses on Coursera about law but my attempts have been largely half-baked.I will work harder on these great resources that are offered to me by Coursera from 2015.

-Also,I have developed a keen interest in technology, especially programming and have started to learn a bit here and there (Nov-Dec)

-As of now,I aspire to study Economics and Computer Science.

All in all 2014 has been an extremely fruitful year and I have learnt many things over the course of these 12 months that I won’t ever forget.I hope 2015 is as good or better a year than 2014…..This year is dedicated to dreams and knowledge.