Is getting great grades in school good enough to make it to the Top-World Universities? Well, with an ever-changing world, what students do beyond the classroom is as important as what they do in the classroom. Because the top-world universities hunt for talents who are not only academically sound but also possess multifaceted skills and a well-rounded personality needed to compete in today’s world.
Oakridger Nikhil Jain, currently pursuing Architecture Degree at the prestigious Columbia University, New York is a great enthusiast of learning and, been a champion in academic and non- academic programs. He is not only an IBDP topper (45/45 score) but is also a Harvard MUN Delegate, a TEDx Speaker, Head Boy, and an avid artist. He emerged as the ‘World Topper’ with a perfect 45 by achieving the highest possible IB score with a 7 in all the subjects. His Ted Talk on ‘What I learned as an LGBT activist’ was listed among the top-15 inspiring Ted Talks on Polka Cafe. But behind this academically talented student who had also been in various leadership positions, he is also a passionate artist, who views art as a medium to investigate the roles we play as wanderers in an ever-expanding universe. His exhibition titled ‘Infinite Journey’ featured at the Kalakriti Art Gallery and received adulation from various city artists.
“I never knew I would have such an ardent interest in the visual arts. But through different competitions and opportunities that I had and the encouragement from the teacher, it’s all so simple to look at the whole process as an independent pursuit of my own goals and ambitions. The different opportunities I had at Oakridge, helped me explore different aspects of my interested areas and exercise the ability I wanted to do”, says Nikhil.
Nikhil Jain is a testimony to what top world universities prefer , a academically sound , multi-faceted and world ready student. At Oakridge, one of the best IB schools in Hyderabad true motive of education is not just to make the students excel in academics and be reactive to the dynamics of aspiring and ambitious world, but to instil the true love of lifelong learning in them.