Valson Thampu, Principal of St. Stephen's College Gives Valuable Advice To Students

St. Stephen's is one of the most celebrated colleges in India and acting as its principal is not an easy task as there are expectations from both the students and the outer world.

Valson Thampu, Principal of St. Stephen's College
Valson Thampu, Principal of St. Stephen's College


St. Stephen's is one of the most celebrated colleges in India and acting as its principal is not an easy task as there are expectations from both the students and the outer world. The students expect quality education and an all-round development whereas the world expects well groomed students who have clear opinions about social issues in the society. To maintain both the standards is part of the principal Valson Thampu's duty. In this article, you get to read some of the tips for college students, based on his advices.

Do what you love, love what you do

He has stressed that career, work and happiness are closely associated with each other and one is almost inconsequential without the other. Becoming a part of the rat race is a convenient thing to do because everyone is doing it but the question students should ask themselves is whether what they are running after, even worth it?! If you're not happy with the kind of work you are doing, your life will become boring and dull. There will be no sense of fulfilment and ultimately you will also become one of the several slaves of industry bigwigs.

Failures give us an opportunity to learn

It is okay to make mistakes, even multiple. Keep striving for excellence and you will achieve it one day. Do not lose hope when you falter as it will remind you to not make the same mistake again and benefit you in the long run. Perseverance is the key and must learn to unlock doors of fortune with it. Failure is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, and sometimes we just don't know what went wrong. By embracing failure, you are accepting yourself and your situation as a part of life. It is an opportunity for growth, but it is not a measure of your future or self-worth. While some things are out of your control, failure and success often go hand-in-hand, success usually comes as a result of past failures. Embracing failure can lead to success down the road.

Be an all-rounder

Academics alone is often not enough to make you grow as a human being. You must devote time to activities like such as debates, drama, sports, music and art as they help you with all round development.  It is proven that people with 3-5 extra-curricular activities do better in college, so don't overload your schedule, but don't be anti-social. Join clubs and extra-curricular activities that might put on performances for the local community, or have competitions against other schools. Inside the class, make sure you have done your homework and taken good, clear notes that you will be able to read later on. Leaving until later what could be done today is asking for trouble and crammed results. If a report is due by Monday and you've had three weeks to do it, don't wait until Sunday. Try to work on it daily for a while until you are finished with the report.

Self-Improvement is important

Self-improvement is universal to the human experience; we all have things we’d like to change about ourselves. Perhaps you want to lose weight, improve your skills in a certain area, be more comfortable socially, be happier, or more productive. Whatever the ultimate improvement desired, in order to achieve it you may benefit from identifying your specific goals, enacting change, and coping with setbacks that keep coming your way.


With these tips, you should be able to make the most out of your college life because it is not just about passing one semester after another. This is the right time to bring about necessary changes in your life and schedule so as to become more productive in the longer run.

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