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‘Hope to get into Ivy League colleges? start preparing from Class 8 itself’

chandigarh Updated: May 01, 2015 10:57 IST
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Jannat Kairon


Jannat Kairon, the great granddaughter of Punjab’s former chief minister Partap Singh Kairon is all set to add another feather to the cap of the Kairon family.

Jannat Kairon, the great granddaughter of Partap Singh Kairon, former CM of Punjab, is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, US, one of the eight Ivy League universities.

Following her great grand-father’s footsteps, the 18-year-old is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania USA, one of the eight Ivy League Universities.

The eight Ivy League Universities include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

A student of Lawrence School, Sanawar, Jannat is however spoilt for choices. She has made it to a host of top universities in USA including the New York University, the University of California Los Angles, Boston University among others.

It was a lot of hard work since Class 8, relates Jannat. “If one wants to make it to the top universities in USA, one has to start working towards it since Class 8. The final year scores of Classes 8 to 12 have a lot of impact on the overall picture that emerges in the end. Other than studies, these universities expected you to be good in sports. I am a swimmer and have been participating in various events. Also, the USA universities look for the extra-curricular activities especially in the field of social service,” she says.

She talks about her SAT score saying, “I scored 2240 out of 2400 and that was enough to get me through these universities. SAT score is important but what matters in the end is the entire set of activities that one is involved in the last four years of school,” she says. Jannat, as part of her social work activities, has visited villages and worked with an NGO.

And how does being part of an illustrious family impact her ambitions? “A lot is expected of me. But I do believe in the ideas of my grand dad. I know a lot about his thinking and just like him, I would like to come back and work for Punjab. He used to say that one should take what the best the world can offer and then bring it back to your roots to improve the lot of your own land and people,” she says.