Gitanjali Rao marked the history by becoming the first-ever TIME ‘Kid of the Year’

By Bharati Kumari

The first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’ cited by TIME magazine, a burgeoning inventor managed to bring up the harnessing technology wide array of issues from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.”

Gitanjali Rao, Indo-American a 15-year-old distinguished from a sphere of more than 5,000 aspirants.

During the interrogative session with actor and activist Angelina Jolie, “Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate,” Ms Rao told about her process on videotelephony. It is a feeling of great approval and liking that Ms Rao said, she always wanted to put a smile on someone’s face. “That was my everyday goal, just to make someone happy. And it soon turned into, how can we bring positivity and community to the place we live?”

Consequently, she quoted, “My goal has really shifted, not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well.

“Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you.

Ms. Rao said her generation is facing many problems that they have never seen before.

“There need to be nothing forbidding about the issue. A meaningful life can be complicated unless it is meant it to be simple”.

“But then at the same time, we’re facing old problems that still exist. Like, we’re sitting here in the middle of a new global pandemic, and we’re also like still facing human-rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve, like climate change and cyberbullying with the introduction of technology,” she said. “I think more than anything right now, we just need to find that one thing we’re passionate about and solve it. Even if it’s something as small as, I want to find an easy way to pick up litter. Everything makes a difference. Don’t feel pressured to come up with something big,” she said.

“If I can do it, anybody can do it.” is the way shot in the arm of Ms. Rao.

“There is no better time than today to encourage our gifted learners to shine.”

Since 1927 Time has been honouring various awards, this is the first time it has named a kid of the year. “Having a positive outlook on the world makes overcoming obstacles easier and can increase confidence and self-esteem”. Buds like Rao are blessed to bloom in the globe.

Photo Courtesy- TIME magazine

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