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Urvi Verkhedkar, Year 11 – GIS Spotlight | Blog

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Urvi (left) posing with her sister, Vira Verkhedkar.

Tell us about your passion.
I’m very passionate about basketball, which I’ve been involved in since Year 5 and I spend a lot of time practicing it. Also, I love the outdoors so I’m very committed to the IA programme offered in school. My passions include these hobbies, but more, it’s to improve and challenge myself in different parts of my life, which can be summed up as my passion.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up?
I want to be a scientist when I grow up, and help people with my knowledge. I listened to Tony Meloto speak at Garden International School, and I also want to be someone like him, a social entrepreneur.

Share with us your biggest/proudest achievement in life so far.
This is not really a big achievement, but I feel so proud every time I think about it. A few months ago, I completed my first 5km cross-country run, which was an inter school competition against trained runners from a number of schools. I found it extremely difficult, because it was my first 5km run and it was hot (during midday) on a trail with some steep inclines. I didn’t think I would be able to finish it, but I did (even if I did come last!) It makes me happy every time I think about it, because it was always my dream to run marathons/cross-country’s and now I’m one step closer to running a full marathon!

What does GIS offer to bring out the best in you?
GIS offers such a huge number of opportunities in so many different ways. Because of GIS, I was able to be a part of the Basketball team, participate in drama shows, perform in Garden Live, take a leadership role as a student leader, and so many more. GIS has stretched me in so many ways that I couldn’t even imagine.

November 2016

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