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Turning 18 with HT: ‘I’m determined to study hard to do well in NEET’

Chetanpreet Kaur wants to become a doctor and is studying hard to crack the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for the second time.

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2018 12:28 IST
Ribha Sood
Ribha Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18 with HT,NEET,Government Model Senior Secondary School
Chetanpreet Kaur, Class 12 topper of medical stream, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B, Chandigarh, loves drawing, sketching and painting. (HT Photo )

Name: Chetanpreet Kaur

Born on: May 26, 2000

Badge of honour: Class 12 topper, medical stream, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B, Chandigarh

What turning 18 means to me

I am more independent now. It’s a new phase of life. I am all excited about experiencing a shift from school to college.

What I want to be and why

I want to be a doctor and heal the ill. I appeared in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) held in May but could not secure a good rank to get into a medical college. I am now preparing for the NEET 2019.

My idea of India

India is a developing nation that has improved a lot over the years. It has become more civilized is doing well in the industries and medical sectors.

What makes me happy

I find happiness in painting, drawing, sketching and cooking. Besides, visiting gurdwaras gives me happiness.

What makes me angry

When I am unable to do something that I need to do, I feel angry.

My fear and fantasy

I fear losing my family. My father Amritpal Singh is a private serviceman, my mother Sukhwinder Kaur is a homemaker and my younger brother Parminder Singh is a student of the non-medical stream and studying in Class 11. I am very attached to them. I fantasise about becoming an accomplished doctor.

Am I happy where I am?

Yes, I am happy. Even though I could not get a good rank in NEET this year, I am not unhappy. I’m very hopeful as I will get two chances next year and some extra time to study for the exams.

What money means to me

Money is transitory, it comes and goes. It is important but to a certain limit. One cannot buy everything with money. For me, relationships are more important and account for a person’s real wealth.

What makes me proud of India

I am proud of the Indian Freedom Fighters for their sacrifices that made our country independent.

What I can’t live without

I can’t live without my family and friends. Himani and Shivani have been my best friends for the last 14 years. They are very supportive and close to my heart.

I also can’t imagine what my life will be like without sketching and painting.

What social media means to me

Social media is a useful tool to spread information around the globe.

Change I want to see in Chandigarh

Chandigarh lacks proper playgrounds for children. They are not allowed to play in public parks and hence don’t find any space for sporting activities. Also, the government should construct public toilets in all the sectors and take charge of its hygiene.

Change I want to see in India

India should focus more on the issue of cleanliness. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyan needs to be taken seriously. Proper management of garbage and other waste should be undertaken. The government should install more dustbins to promote cleaner societies.

What religion means to me

Religion is something that was meant to unify people. I have faith in God. Born as a Sikh, I believe in the power of the almighty but discourage all kinds of superstitions in the name of God.

My role model and why

My mother is my role model. She encourages me to work hard. The way in which she takes care of the family and does everything perfectly inspires me to become like her.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 12:28 IST