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This is a guest post by Karthikeyan Ganapathy. If you want to guest post on my blog, email me or contact me on twitter.

Somewhere near the fag-end of 2009, I heard about this amazing programme called the World School Forum. My friend Anjali, an amazing artist was selected as one of three students to go to Tokyo, Japan as the representatives from India. The World School Forum was initiated in 1997 by Masaki Matsudaira, the former Chairman and present advisor to the board of trustees of Kanto International School which is located in Tokyo, Japan. The aim of the World School is to create a truly borderless entity that will bring together high school students and teachers from all areas of the world, for helping students to adopt a global perspective, through accepting international standards. In this way it hopes to prepare the students of the World School to excel in international society, which it believes will gain prominence in the new millennium.

Since 1997 the World School has been inviting students from schools all over the world to visit them annually as representatives of their countries in an international forum which has received the moral support of the Ministries of Education and the Embassies of represented countries. One member school per country or region is chosen as a representative of the World School. Each year the member school sends three students and one teacher to a World School International Forum which is held during the last week of October to the beginning of November. Participants are only responsible to cover the costs of transportation from their home country to the World School host city. The remaining fees are covered by the host school.

Anjali, encouraged me to attempt the 2010 World School Forum selections. When I entered the selections, I did not seriously believe that I would make it to the top three. However, with the encouragement of my friends, I gave my all during the five days of selections, during which I was tested in various fields such as Debating, Presenting and Public speaking. I awaited for the results in a state of near nervous breakdown. I could scarcely believe my eyes when I discovered I had been placed first in the selections!

After this experience, I became a firm believer in Paulo Coelho’s famous saying “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Even now, I pinch myself sometimes to make sure that what happened is reality! I will be going to Seoul in October! Hurray!

Photo credits: Sun’s Rays by volliem, on Flickr.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a teenager from Chennai and am passionate about learning about the great men who left an indelible mark on history. I’m also really into tech, cycling, books, business and food!

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