PuneFriday was a great day in the life of 15-year-old Gaurish Rajguru. A daughter of a waste picker, she secured 90.20 per cent in SSC Class X exams and is slowly inching towards her dream of becoming an IAS officer. A student of Himgiri Vidyalaya, Tingre Nagar, Rajguru has been a good student from her childhood, said her parents. “I attended a workshop when I was in Class 3. It made me realise that lack of opportunities was not fate or a choice. Solution can be found to any problem through education. In the session I learnt what a change maker like an IAS officer can really do for the society. I wanted to do exactly that,” she said. Since then she has been working hard to achieve her goal, to not just elevate the economical and social status of her family, but do the same on a larger scale, for the society. Speaking about her success and her dreams, her mother, Shobhana Rajguru said, “I have been a waste picker for the past few years, trying to make ends meet and help my daughters get the required education. My husband, who works in a construction company, also strives to give them a better life. Gaurish’s result comes as a pleasant surprise which I did not expect at all. I wanted my daughter to have a better life but when she talks of providing a better life for others, it really fills my heart with immense pride.”For Gaurish, this is just a first step. “Hurdles are part of life and I am not afraid of them. I hope both my sister and I will be able to set an example for others. Our journey has just begun.” Yet another success story Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTOVaishnavi Bhore, a nurse by profession and a night school student secured 56 per cent in Class 10 exams.Transforming her predicaments into an opportunity for success, Vaishnavi Bhore, a nurse by profession, has set a paradigm for other students by bagging the top spot amongst girls from four night schools in Pune.Bhore, basically a resident of a small village called Yavatmal in Vidharbha, was a Class 10 student in the year 2010 when she met with a horrifying accident. The impact of the accident was such that she had to leave her studies midway and was left with no option, but to sit at home for a very long time.However, with no option left to explore in the village, she finally travelled to Pune and stayed at her aunts place in search of a job.With the initial struggle of a few months, she managed to get job at a private hospital in Yerandwane as a nurse. While she was earning good money for a decent living, her desire of pursuing further studies gave her a thought of re appearing for Class 10 exams. Consequently, she joined the Poona night high school and cleared her SSC exams, securing the top position amongst girls in the night schools.Speaking about her success, she said, “The journey, so far, has not been very easy to me. The most difficult phase of my life was the time when I was recovering from my accident. However, fate brought me to Pune and I started my job as a nurse in 2015. While I was earning a good salary, my interest in studies compelled me to join a school and continue my studies from where I left.”Although it was a difficult time for me, I am happy that I could qualify with good results, added Bhore.