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Dhishana Kidambi: Advancing at the Academy

“Three months down the line, I have grown as a person.”

Dhishana Kidambi joined the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad in 2011 and is in grade 11. Before the Academy, she studied at Chaitanya Vidyalaya school, which follows the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (I.C.S.E) syllabus.

The philosophy of the Academy, which appealed to Dhishana, and the wide variety of subjects offered were some of the reasons why she decided to move to the Academy. She is a residential student, with her parents and younger brother living in Hyderabad. She feels lucky that she has the best of both worlds, with her parents living in the same city and she being at the best school.

At the Academy, Dhishana has learned to be more independent, flexible and responsible. In the beginning, she had difficulties with the food due to diet restrictions, but the Academy made changes to the menu, and she is fine now.

Initially she spent her time on the weekends mostly in the library and on the many activities in the dorm. Now, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) activities are her priority on the weekends. As part of her CAS activities, she participated in a dance festival last December where she performed Kathak, a form of classical dance from north India. Dhishana has also signed up for basketball as a sport. As she is interested in the performing arts, she would like to take up theatre as well.

Compared to her previous school, she finds the environment different at the Academy and the teacher-student relationship important. “The teachers are more approachable here. When I have a problem, I can go to them and I don’t feel hesitant, and that is very important for me,” she says.

After finishing her IB diploma, she envisages pursuing law or coming back to the Academy to teach. When asked if she would recommend a friend or family member to the Academy, she replies confidently, “I will definitely recommend, without any doubts. It has helped me, and it will benefit them when they join.”