Shamitha Pu­likanti con­tin­ues a tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

SHAMITHA PU­LIKANTI’S suc­cess­ful cop­ping of 11 grade ones dur­ing the re­cent sit­ting of the Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) ex­am­i­na­tions is only the lat­est ex­am­ple of ex­cel­lence in her fam­ily, as her sis­ter achieved a sim­i­lar feat in 2009, and her par­ents are both med­i­cal doc­tors.

Seven­teen-year-old Shamitha, who is cur­rently a first-year stu­dent of the Mon­tego Bay Com­mu­nity Col­lege (MBCC), was a stu­dent at the Mon­tego Bay High School when she sat ex­am­i­na­tions in math­e­mat­ics, ad­di­tional math­e­mat­ics, bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, English lan­guage, English lit­er­a­ture, food and nutri­tion, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, physics, prin­ci­ples of ac­counts and Span­ish.

Her suc­cess­ful sit­ting of all 11 sub­jects fol­lows in the foot­steps of her older sis­ter, The­jas­ree Pu­likanti, who also at­tended Mon­tego Bay High School and passed 11 CSEC sub­jects in 2009.

“It was all about time man­age­ment, so I made sure that I set aside a time where I had to study,” Shamitha said of her study habits prior to her ex­ams. “There were a lot of times when I just wanted to watch TV, but I had to fo­cus on my stud­ies. I was shoot­ing for the Grade ones, so I had to work for the ones. I was also a ten­nis club mem­ber and a Key Club mem­ber, so I had to bal­ance every­thing.”

For­tu­nately, Shamitha re­ceived a great deal of sup­port from her par­ents, Drs Ra­jachanda and Rad­hika Pu­likanti, who were on hand to as­sist when­ever she had dif­fi­culty in her stud­ies.

VERY AC­COM­MO­DAT­ING

“My par­ents would help me if I had a prob­lem with any­thing. I could go to them and ask them and they would ex­plain it to me,” said Shamitha. “They were al­ways very ac­com­mo­dat­ing for me; any­time I needed a book, they would buy it for me.”

Cur­rently, Shamitha is pur­su­ing MBCC’s pre-uni­ver­sity science pro­gramme, as her sis­ter The­jas­ree did be­fore her, and plans to en­ter the med­i­cal field as her par­ents have done.

“I would like to go into the field of medicine. My par­ents are doc­tors too, so maybe I will be­come a doc­tor or a re­search sci­en­tist,” said Shamitha. “I would maybe pur­sue neu­rol­ogy, be­cause how the brain works is very fas­ci­nat­ing to me. The brain is the con­troller of the en­tire body, and it just has so many dif­fer­ent as­pects to it.”

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

Shamitha Pu­likanti and her fa­ther Dr Pu­likanti.

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