Top 20 Role Model For Students: Why We Should Look Up To Them!

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A role model as is implied by the term is a person whose character, work, professional and personal attributes are inspirational. People, especially young adults in the college going age group are at an impressionable age and it is imperative that they have some good influence in their lives. Looking up to achievers has a positive influence and students try to emulate them in their actions and behaviour.

In this blog we will look at some role models who have charted out a path of success and become icons for people to follow. These role models may be within the family or outsiders, they may either be living persons or people who are no longer in this world but have left an indelible mark in the minds of people and continue to live in our memories through their deeds and actions.

List of the Top 20 Role Model For Students

1. Parents:

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than a parent “– Bob Keeshan

Parents are the most widely followed and looked up to as role models. Their struggles and achievements have most probably been witnessed by you and if not seen first-hand, at least you would have heard about them. This is an adequate source of inspiration. Even if it is not parents you will find somebody in the family who you look up to and learn from.

2. Teachers:

Teachers have a very important role to play on the impressionable minds of children. There are many who get inspired by their teachers, so teachers should lead by example and inculcate good values in their students.

3. APJ Abdul Kalam:

APJ was a very intellectual and learned Indian aerospace scientist. He went on serve as the 11th President of India from the year 2002 – 2007. A modest and unassuming man, who did not let the power and position corrupt his mind and dealings with people. Although he is no longer in this world, he is still fondly remembered and respected for his achievements. APJ had an endearing personality and is a perfect role model for students.

4. Stephen Hawking:

Dr.Stephen Hawking exemplified what the human mind could achieve despite physical handicaps. A widely acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist; he inspired millions of people and showed them how to be successful in your profession despite physical shortcomings. He suffered from ALS, but despite that, through his determination and dedication he survived many odds to live till 76 years of age.  His intelligence led him to do phenomenal work in theoretical physics.

5. Nelson Mandela :

He was a South African political leader, an anti – apartheid revolutionary. He was the first black head of state and served as the President of South Africa from the year 1994- 99. He was a philanthropist also. He is held in high regard for his thoughts and his actions.

6. Sachin Tendulkar:

It is often said that the sports arena offers us valuable lessons in life.  An ace cricketer – Sachin Tendulkar has shown us how good personal qualities can combine with professional expertise to carve a success story. He is known for his humility despite his great success; He is an excellent role model and continues to inspire people even today.

7. Mary Kom:

Is another inspirational example from the field of sports. She is brave and accepts challenges in life. She holds a world record (6 times) as the World Amateur Boxing Champion. A movie by the same title has been made on her to showcase her achievements to the world.  Mary Kom is not only a role model for women but for men too, In fact, for anyone who wishes to brave all odds in life, with a never say die attitude and continue steadfast and strong from one success to another !

8. J.K Rowling:

An inspirational author who is went on to create the Harry Potter super successful series of books. She is also associated with a lot of philanthropy work. She too continues to inspire many.

9. Michelle Obama:

As the First Lady of the United States has set a very good example with her family bonding, her professional work and her philanthropic work.  She is known to be humble and very gentle with children.  She continues to figure in the list of top role models.

10. Ratan Tata:

A successful businessman and a wonderful human being. The winner of many prestigious awards, he has also done excellent work in philanthropy. He continues to support the needy as and when calamities strike.  He is not only revered in the Tata group but outside also. His professional success and humane qualities position him as an immensely popular role model.

11. Mother Theresa:

Embodied love, compassion and selfless service. Her exemplary efforts for the destitute Children in Kolkata can never be forgotten. She has shown us the way, of how one human being can be compassionate towards another without any ulterior motive or selfish gain.   She was conferred sainthood in Vatican City, by the Roman Catholic Church, and is also referred to as Saint.

12. Sardar Vallabhai Patel:

He is also referred to as the Iron Man of India. He played a key role in the freedom and development of India. His patriotic spirit is worth emulating. His inimitable qualities of honesty and dedication make him stand in good stead.

13. Amartya Sen:

This Nobel award winning economist is a true intellectual who has inspired many to continue dedicatedly in the pursuit of knowledge.

14. Naseeruddin Shah:

Is acknowledged as one of the most decorated actors with great acting skills. He illustrates how somebody with no film backing or God father in the film industry can make it big purely by dint of hard work and dedication.

15. Oprah Winfrey:

This influential media personality is a case in point on women empowerment. She was a victim of child abuse but rose above that to become a truly magnificent TV personality who transforms and impacts the lives of her guests on her TV talk shows. Many women from all cultures and from different parts of the world look up to her as their role model.

 16. Audrey Hepburn :

A successful actress and a philanthropist. She served as the UNICEF ambassador. Her qualities are inspirational.

17. Aung San Suu Kyi

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. She is an activist and politician and upholds good social causes. Her beliefs and activities inspire many.

18. Barack Obama (Former President of the United States)

One of the most popular and loved Presidents of the United States of America. He worked towards bringing a lot of positive change during his tenure. He exemplifies humility, philanthropy and action worthy of being copied to achieve good results. He is indeed a good role model.

19. Emma Thompson :

Is a renowned actress, human rights advocate and screenwriter. She is an environmentalist working towards significant activities like climate change. She too, is an apt role model for students with qualities worth emulating.

20. Malala Yousafzai :

Is an activist who has worked relentlessly towards education for women. She has suffered hardships and torture, even an assassination bid, yet has not cowed down under pressure or stress. She is one of the youngest Nobel Prize laureates, and is working towards girl education. She is also a published author. Her grit and determination as well as service to women kind establish her as a very good role model.

It is evident from the above examples that people from different fields and walks of life can serve as role models. It is important to understand and appreciate the exemplary qualities that they display and make sincere efforts to try and be like them by contributing positively towards our fellow human beings and the world at large!

Ramanjeet Singh Walia
Ramanjeet Singh Walia
Adv. Ramanjeet Singh, the Dean (Marketing) and Associate Professor at the School of Legal Studies, is an exceptional personality that OSGU has had the honor to accommodate. He is reputed in his own field and the noteworthy quality of his knowledge is greatly reflected in his writings.
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