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‘Meeting assignment deadlines is easier after re-joining physical classes’

Aspiring to become an artist, student Lavanya Sharma from Apeejay School International, South Delhi gives us a glimpse into her back-to-school experience

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Living in Africa in her growing up years, Lavanya Sharma, who is currently pursuing Diploma Programme – II at Apeejay School International, South Delhi, got an opportunity to learn more about cultural diversity.After she came back to India in February 2020, she enrolled herself at Apeejay. While she has been attending online classes since November 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she recently joined the school physically in February, 2022. In an interview, the student talks about her dream career and inspiration.Read on.

How has your experience with the online classes at school been?

Personally, I feel that I can be much more productive in an offline mode at school. I am able to meet my assignment deadlines better and plan out my schedule well since February. In the online classes, the teaching process went smoothly but I missed being around my peers and teachers. One of my favourite subjects, Visual Arts, which requires practical skills and application, has become easier to learn now, and I aspire to make a career out of this field.  

What has been the most crucial aspect of the back-to-school experience?

I am able to create deeper bonds with my friends at school after such a long gap. Also, interacting with the faculty at Apeejay School, International is great.  

What is up next for you?

I will soon be completing my schooling in May this year. After that, I wish to enroll in a Fine Arts course in universities in the United Kingdom.

What artists do you look up to?

I am inspired by the Impressionism technique of the famous Dutch painter in Western art history, Vincent Van Gogh. The techniques of Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period, are breath-taking. Amongst Indian painters, M. F. Husain’s work is exceptional.

Please give us a sneak peek into your art.

My paintings revolve around my identity. Over the past few years, my battles, struggles, successes find space in my work. 

Mrini Devnani is Senior Correspondent (Newsroom). She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has a passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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