Turning 18 with HT: ‘ Want to be a civil servant to fulfil family’s dream’
Gurleen Singh Sandhu, who wants to be a bureaucrat to fulfil his family’s dream, is currently preparing for the Joint Entrance Exam for admission to engineering collegesUpdated: Jun 21, 2018, 11:47 IST
Name: Gurleen Singh Sandhu
Born on: December 20, 2001
Badge of honour: Head boy, Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase 2, Mohali
What turning 18 means to me
I’m excited to turn 18 as there are a lot of changes coming my way. I will get voting rights and a driving license. I have to appear for competitive exams, which gives me a sense of responsibility about choosing my career.
What I want to be and why
I want to be an officer in Indian Administrative Services to fulfil my family’s dream. I aspire to graduate as an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology. I have been studying for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for 18 months now at a training centre where I was awarded a scholarship of Rs 85,000.
My idea of India
India is one of the best countries in the world, where people enjoy more freedom as compared to other countries. Corruption is the only problem our nation has. Scams and frauds need to be checked to safeguard India’s progress.
What makes me happy
I feel happy by making my parents happy. Success and surprises make me happy too.
What makes me angry
Backstabbers and gossipmongers make me angry. I believe one should be simple and straightforward in life.
My fear and fantasy
Except for a scolding from my parents I don’t fear anything else.
Am I happy where I am?
Yes, I’m happy as I have done most things right in life. My only regret is missing the cut-off target in the National Talent Search Examination by eight marks.
What money means to me
Money is important but people overvalue it. I don’t run after money but consider it essential to lead a good life.
What makes me proud of India
India is a truly democratic country, where people have the right to choose their leader. It is the site of the first human civilisation and has a rich heritage.
What I can’t live without
I can’t live without my parents. My father Jagtar Singh is an engineer in the Punjab irrigation department and my mother Rukmanjit is a Punjabi teacher at Gian Jyoti Global School. My life is incomplete without sports. I play football for one hour every day without fail.
What social media means to me
I don’t really use social media. It’s valuable if people use it the right way and for the right purposes.
Changes I want to see in India
I want India to be free of corruption. I want old age homes to be shut down and the elderly sent back to their homes. Pollution and exploitation of water resources by using private motors need be checked to preserve natural assets.
Changes I want to see in Mohali
Though there are many educational institutes in Mohali, there is little to explore for sports lovers in the area. I want the government to build a football ground in Mohali for those passionate about the game.
What religion means to me
Religion is something divine that can’t be expressed in words. It’s profound and not limited by rituals and ceremonies.
My role model and why
The Union Public Service Commission 2013 topper Gaurav Agrawal is my role model. I became his fan as soon as I watched his interview on television. I can relate to him. He studied bachelors in technology before clearing the exam and I aspire to follow in his footsteps.