Alumni talk – Proud Yamini , batch of 2021 shares her story
- 20 June 2022
What impact did your time at Oakridge Bachupally School have on you?
Oakridge truly shaped me into an ambitious and well-rounded individual. My eight-year-long journey at Oakridge helped me explore my potential in various endeavours. Choosing the commerce stream in 11th and 12th grades, influenced by inspiring and dedicated teachers, I had developed a fascination for business and a desire to pursue a career in the business field. Through leadership camps, workshops, and of course working in the Prefect Council, I discovered my passion for leading. Oakridge gave me every opportunity to discover my talents and passions and work toward them.
What were the highlights of your time at Oakridge Bachupally School?
My entire experience at Oakridge has been nothing short of excellence. Some of my most memorable times were in the classroom—delving into a particularly difficult topic such as bank reconciliation, and the joy of finally conquering it. I will never forget the feeling of being honoured on a pedestal, every time my dedication paid off. Another remarkable experience is working alongside like-minded and brilliant students and mentors as Head Girl in the Prefect Council.
What are you doing now, and what are your career goals? Any notable achievements at your university?
I am currently pursuing BSc Honours in Economics and Management at the Singapore Institute of Management partnered with the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am certain that I want to work in the business field, perhaps as a management consultant or even a business leader. I am part of the executive committee of two clubs at my university: SIM Young Entrepreneur Network (YEN) and SIM Economics Society (SIMES). As Honorary Secretary, I am the youngest student in the President’s Office at YEN. I have also received the Impetus Award at the Student Leaders’ Annual Appreciation Night 2022, for my contributions to YEN and SIMES.
What advice would you give to current Oakridge Bachupally School students as they’re looking ahead to college and careers?
College application is a daunting process. So, students need to start planning for their applications and careers as early as the start of their 11th grade.
Firstly, find your passion. If you don’t know what you’re truly passionate about, there are multiple online tests to take or career specialists to talk to. Then, research relevant courses and universities that relate to the subject you’re interested in. Quality over quantity! Instead of applying for 50 universities with different application forms, procedures, and platforms, focus on a handful (say, 15) with an adequate dream, best-fit, and backup colleges. Another important consideration is the location. Look into the climate, demography, and other relevant details about the location of your colleges. Most importantly, talk to your parents. Learn about their thoughts, expectations, budgets etcetera.
What would you tell a parent considering sending their child to study at Oakridge Bachupally School?
I would simply say “go for it!” My parents genuinely think education at Oakridge was one of their best investments.