DHARAMSHALA: 24-year-old honors student, Tenzin Dolma was feted for her hard work, tenacity and diligence when she received the Gold Medal for excellent merit in Masters in Arts (History) in the presence of the President of India at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.
Speaking exclusively to Tibet.net’s assistant editor Tenzin Saldon, Tenzin Dolma said that sheer hard work, focus, and self-discipline had earned her the prestigious gold medal. Her message for the young Tibetan students in academic is – ‘Stay focused and believe in oneself’.
Tenzin Dolma topped the examination of MA History at MSJ University with 72.9 percent. She was bestowed the Gold medal in the presence of the President Ram Nath Kovind at the University’s 66th convocation ceremony held on 22 January this year.
Tibet.net: Please tell us a bit about yourself?
Tenzin Dolma: My name is Tenzin Dolma, I was born in Mussoorie. I studied at Lower TCV School till 10 grade and then joined TCV Gopalpur for higher secondary school. Upon completion, I joined Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda. There, I did my bachelors in History (honors) and later completed masters in History from the same university.
Tibet.net: Being one of the handful students across India to secure a gold medal in academic excellence, how does that feel?
Tenzin Dolma: I feel elated that I have succeeded in fulfilling the expectation of the Tibetan community (i.e to do well in studies) from every Tibetan students studying in different parts of the world and making my parents feel proud. It gives me immense happiness.
Tibet.net: Why History? How did you become interested in the subject?
Tenzin Dolma: From a very young age, I loved listening to lectures on history in school. I found that by reconstruction of the past we can learn a lot about the present. History acts as a memory drive for keeping alive every development in this world. We can learn about the rich heritage, culture, and identity of a particular country or a race. As I grew older my fascination for learning more about the past grew as well and I decided to opt for honors in history.
Tibet.net: Can you tell us your study routine and what would you call your success mantra?
Tenzin Dolma: I do not really have any specific study routine but I am very punctual, attentive and hardworking when it comes to studying. So, I owe my success to that and I guess that is my success mantra.
Tibet.net: University education differs from schools’ in many different ways. The transition from a structured, dependent approach to an environment of self-directed independent learning can be challenging, how did you manage through that transition? What is the one advice you’d give to Tibetan students attending college?
Tenzin Dolma: During the transition from dependent learning approach to independent learning, I tried to maintain the consistency of learning like I did when I was in school. But I sure had to invest a lot of time working hard, making notes for myself and going through lots of references.
My message is…”stay focused, do not get distracted, work towards your goal and always believe in yourself that you can and you will reach you said goal. Always remember that being a Tibetan student we have an extra responsibility to excel in whichever field we are studying in”.
Tibet.net: Your achievements have resonated with many young Tibetans who aspire to excel in their academic field of interest. What message do you have for them?
Tenzin Dolma: I don’t consider myself to be different from any other Tibetan student, anyone can accomplish what I have. Having said that, success doesn’t come in a vacuum, one has to be passionate about one’s study, be punctual, work hard and invest a lot of time. Alongside one has to keep abreast of other extracurricular activities for an all-round development.
Tibet.net: Based on your area of interest and expertise, what role do you see yourself playing in the Tibetan movement?
Tenzin Dolma: I am still a student. I haven’t thought much of my role in Tibetan movement yet, but I can do whatever I can with my academic knowledge in enriching Tibetan History and I have always wanted to take up the kind of academic pursuit wherein I can do comparative study on Tibetan History vis-à-vis world history. With this, I can contribute to creating awareness about the rich Tibetan history and significance attached to understanding and learning our own history.
Tibet.net: What do you envision for your life ahead? What are your future goals?
Tenzin Dolma: My vision is to serve the Central Tibetan Administration and to work in the Tibetan community in the best possible ways I can.