In the times when many of us are surrounded by heartbreaking stories, here’s one that would leave you positive and inspired to reach out for your dreams.
Born in the family of marginal farmers, how Anurag Tiwari’s big dreams got their wings, shows hard work really pays off. Anurag Tiwari is a farmer’s son from UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, who has secured admission to New York’s Cornell University.
As per Indiatimes, Anurag Tiwari has scored 98.2% in his CBSE Class-Xll exams. But, his bigger victory is in securing admission to New York’s Cornell University, which is one of the eight Ivy League Universities in the US. Anurag has been awarded a 100% scholarship study in the prestigious college.
Now, Anurag is waiting to embark on his new journey as his online classes at Cornell will begin from September 1.
But, his journey from his village to Cornell hasn’t been an easy one. While fighting with multiple challenges, Anurag made sure he doesn’t give up. Until four years ago, his village did not even have electricity. But, he made sure that he fights against his circumstances to create a life of dignity for himself and his family.
Born to farmer Kamlapati Tewari and homemaker Sangeeta Tewari, Anurag attended a primary school in his village till class V. But, in class Vl, Anurag cleared the entrance test for admissions to VidyaGyam, which is a rural leadership academy in Sitapur. This academy handpicks underprivileged students from rural UP on the basis of merit.
With a clear objective and a powerful dream, Anurag started preparing for SAT when he was in Class XI. He scored 1370 marks out of 1600. Anurag applied to Cornell as an ‘Early Decision Applicant’ and got the call in December last year.
In his Class XII results, Anurag scored a perfect 100 in economics and history, 99 in political science, and 97 in English. His lowest score was in mathematics which was 95.
Anurag plans to study economics and mathematics at Cornell. He told Times of India,
“My decision to study humanities was questioned by many who felt it was not suitable for boys.”
While appreciating his school teachers, he added:
“Throughout the process, my school teachers helped me write the draft essays, preparing the projects. My essays were edited by senior counsellors in Delhi who even helped me choose the colleges. When I reached my village after class XII, everyone looked at me with high regards,”
Being proud of his son’s achievement, Kamlapati shared
“People who didn’t know me earlier came to my house just to talk to me. It gives me happiness. I thought of making my son successful, but today he has made me a successful father. He taught me so much in all these years,”
At IFORHER, we salute Anurag’s determination, courage, and hard work. How he fought against his life circumstances for his dream is quite inspiring. We feel his story will inspire thousands of parents and kids, who are struggling with their life challenges to turn dreams into reality.
Image Credits: Times of India