DUTIES OF A GOOD STUDENT
Student life is a temporary period of man’s life but it is of vital importance. It Is the time when the seed of future prosperity and happiness is to be sown. As he will sow at this stage of life, so will be reap in this later life. Therefore, an ideal student is to cultivate all the good qualities of a man during this time in order to built a happy and proerous life. The first duty of an ideal student is to study. Learning with an ideal student is a “jeaIous mistress”, as Mr. Haldane points out. The students constitute a class by themselves. Great responsibilities lie on them. His parents need not goad him. He takes up his studies with all seriousness. He does not allow any other activity to disturb or to distract him.
An ideal student does not waste his time and energy on trash. He seeks the teacher’s guidance. He has faith in the superior knowledge of his teachers. An ideal student is pot a book-worm. He is keen but not blind. He selects his reading wisely. He has well defined tastes and he develops them with patience and care.
Constant and unbroken reading makes a person dull. It also affects one’s health. So an ideal student is interested in games and sports. He may not be an excellent player of any game. But he has enthusiasm for playing. If he cannot play he at least participates as a spectator. Besides games there are other general activities at a college. An ideal student participates in as many of these activities as possible. He picks and choose according to his taste.
Many students look upon discipline as a check on their freedom. An Ideal student regards discipline with respect and understanding. With him discipline is not an external force. He disciplines himself. He does not go against the rules of the college. He is well-behaved and he respects his teacher, parents and elders. He is graceful in everything that he does. He is not selfish. He is helpful and co-operative. In his personal appearance he is neat and clean and simple. He is not impudent.
An ideal student takes interest in politics but in a limited way. He tries his best to understand what is happening in the country and in the world. But he keeps his mind open. He does not attach himself to any political party. It is only in times of national crisis that he may give up his studies and take active part in politics.
An intelligent Interest in studies, wide but systematic reading, interest in extra curricular activities, general knowledge, simplicity and grace — these are some of the most important qualities of an ideal student.