Idealism has become a thing of the bygone days. We do not talk of an ideal policeman, an ideal businessman, an ideal government officer, an ideal ticket checker, an ideal father, son or daughter, even an ideal teacher. Only two persons have been considered in the category of being ideal—the ideal housewife and the ideal student. All others are considered good or tolerable even if they are corrupt. If they bring money they are good. ‘Sarve gunah Kanchanmashryante’. All the virtues are in gold i.e. money. But a student and a housewife won’t be spared if they are corrupt. Idealism is in their fate alone.

A student has to be ideal if he has to secure success in his life. Naturally a studious student is an ideal student. He should attend the classes regularly, prepare his own notes and remember what is taught. He should supplement it with his own studies at home. Whatever he writes in the examination should be his won. The ideas may be borrowed. But he has the discussion and language of his own. He should not cram, nor should he copy.

An ideal student would frequently go to library. He should borrow books not only on his subjects of study but on some general and current topics too. He should go through newspapers and magazines too. He should utilize this knowledge whenever he finds an opportunity. He should widen his mental horizon as much as possible.

An ideal student won’t be merely a book worm. He would participate in sports and games too. A young student should maintain good health. As the saying goes ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’. Sports are of course better than games. But games too are important as they have an entertaining aspect. Table Tennis has become a craze with young boys. If nothing else a student can go at least for this comfortable game.

A solitary soul cannot be ideal. One should mix up with people i.e., with other students. Extracurricular activities—NSS and NCC, debates, drama, all raise the spirits. An ideal student would participate in these to the extent they do not harm his studies. The burden of national obligations is also coming earlier on the shoulders of young men. At 18 they have to make up their mind about national activities so that they may choose the right candidate. So it is advisable to start thinking about the social, economic and political activities. Even participation in political activities would mould the character of a young boy.

Such an ideal balanced student would be liked by his parents, teachers and class fellows alike. If students become ideal they may be in a position to change the corrupt society when they grow young.