“I want to rewrite the test and score a full 100 this time. I have found the areas where I was not well prepared. I want to give it another try. I should be among the 100 percentile scorers this year. My dream is to become an astronaut and I want to study Aerospace Engineering in IIT-Bombay. The other option is to go for Space Research at IISc,” she said.
The Class 12 student said she studies for about 17 hours daily. “I sleep for six hours and study for 17 hours. The key to my success has been my ability to focus and manage time. I love to study,” she said.
Her mother, Rakhi Aggarwal, a clinical psychologist, said that Pal has always been a good student.
“A student’s emotional state directly impacts studies. Talking sessions, music and helping children resolve their emotional issues can improve focus. Pal does not have the habit of playing games on the mobile phone or staying glued to the screen. A healthy routine reflects in her academic performance,” said the mother.
What does a healthy study routine mean for Pal? “Consistency is key. One has to study everyday and stick to a routine,” she said. “I am inspired by (former President) APJ Abdul Kalam. I have met him too. Whenever I want a sense of direction, I seek guidance in his writing,” Pal added.
Pal is also trained in Indian classical dance forms and loves hip hop. She even bagged a trophy a few years ago. “I was given a trophy at an NCR-level dance competition by Saroj Khan (Bollywood choreographer),” she said.
Talking about the student, Pal’s school principal Manju Rana said: “She was always good in her studies. She is actively involved in our stage performances as well.”