Life is all about juggling responsibilities. Some do it wisely, some struggle with it and some blow us over with the kind of success they achieve at it. India’s star gymnast Dipa Karmakar definitely knows how to manage both studies and her sports.

We all know how she qualified for the finals at the Rio Olympics and missed out on a medal just by a thin line. No matter what Dipa made the whole country proud by her strong performance at the games.

She received a warm and well deserved welcome when she came back home. Her success was a result of her hard work and discipline and her will to achieve something.

A day after returning from Rio Games where she put India on the Olympic map of gymnastics, and after making it through scores of fans and supporters who felicitated her, Dipa appeared for the second semester exams of her Masters of Arts course in Agartala on Tuesday. Seeing Dipa appear for exams at the Distance Learning Center of Tripura University, people marveled at her dedication to studies.

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Dipa will soon possess a Masters degree in Political Science soon. Officials at the exam center reportedly said that Dipa sitting for the exams is a message for all those students who look for excuses to not give their best at exams and skip the tests.

Though managing both studies and sports together can be difficult but the fact cannot be denied that hard-work can let you achieve anything you desire. She has set a benchmark for all the aspiring sportsperson that even a world class olympian looks for no excuses when things are subjected to studies.

“It’s a striking example to other students also. One who plays at the Olympic level can also study side by side to acquire higher education, along with her achievements in sports,” Dr KB Jamatia, the Director of Distance Education at Tripura University, is quoted as saying by NDTV.

Despite Dipa’s commitments to gymnastics and her arduous routines at practice sessions while preparing for the Olympics, she never neglected studies. In fact, she took her books with her to Rio in order to be well prepared for these exams. During the long breaks between her gymnastics events, Dipa used to study from her books to be abreast with academics.

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“My daughter always says sports is in its place and education is in its place. She says she has to get a degree,” Dipa’s mother Gouri said.

Hats off to you girl ! You are an inspiration to a whole nation.

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