Less than 24 hours after learning that he was Malaysia’s top scorer for Business in the Cambridge A-Level Examinations, Aadithya sat for a quick chat over GoogleMeet before a work meeting. Brief and simple, it was a quick insight to the mind of one of BAC’s top achievers.
We open with, naturally, Aadithya’s achievement- Top Scorer for Business A-Levels in the whole of the country, every Asian parents dream. He chuckled and revealed that was not what he had expected at all and actually though he had done poorly.
Sometimes, he remarked, it’s easier to gauge how well you’ve done, but this time round, it was a completely different scenario.
“I was so surprised that I got an A* in the first place, so this is kind of like, an even bigger achievement that I thought,” he added.
Ironically enough, Aadithya was discouraged from studying the subject, with many people telling him that it would be hard to score well. Instead of faltering, however, Aadithya persevered.
He went on to describe the achievement as a step in the right direction.
“I liked what I was doing, and I had really good teachers, and I enjoyed studying it, and I think that was really the main thing.”
Studying online during the Pandemic was a stressful experience and had a tough time paying attention during online lectures.
At certain points he felt that he lost all motivation, especially when the initial exams were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Despite this relatively downcast frame of mind, however, he managed to bounce back.
Although he spent significant time in the library, he refuted the general label of being studious.
“I’ve always like asking questions, and that’s gotten me into a lot of trouble,” he remarked ruefully, adding that he used to debate with his teachers a lot.
With parents who both nurtured and encouraged this thirst to know, however, Aadithya also developed a knack for looking at things from a real world perspective, and applying it to real life, while he wasn’t a teacher’s pet, by his own admission, he did, however, get good grades in school- a merging of two ends of the spectrum.
So, what’s next for Aadithya now? Having confirmed his acceptance to Warwick, Aadithya is currently working on several different ventures, including a podcast and website called “NOTSOSRS” which is a mixed bag of life tips and interviews, along with as a role in Warisan Think, a think tank dedicated to helping SMEs and entrepreneurs in Malaysia.
He currently works with Warisan Strategic Advisory, helping with internal strategy and marketing for clients, and emphasised the importance of life experience along with academic success. Following his degree, Aadithya hopes to get a job in management consulting, either in the UK, or in Malaysia. The most important thing, he said, is that he manages to help, with what he does.
Aadithya had a short message to pass on to current and future students that wanted to emulate his success.
“Like what you do. I cannot stress this enough, because I’ve been repeating this mantra ever since I watched “3 Idiots” and “Nanban”. It’s so important that you genuinely enjoy what you do and you make decisions for yourself.”