Megillah of Marks

Sitting in the college canteen after giving my final exam, I couldn’t stop thinking about how our society has created a havoc of scoring marks and how the students continuously feel a pressure lurching in their minds of what they’ll do if they do not score 90+. I don’t feel this anxiety anymore because in college perhaps we start understanding things more than running behind marks and I am glad of this change, if it’s the general case than of a few. As Board results have just been declared, the enigmatic confusion summed up brilliantly by Shakespeare has risen to surface again; “to be or not to be, that is the question!”. Although the context is completely different but it definitely expresses the twelfth standard students’ dilemma of figuring out what their path would look like in future.

I am no expert in giving advise in what career you should choose if you are interested in a particular subject or what you shouldn’t take since it’s not much in demand ahead or others career endeavours, in fact only you can decide that, but I’ll come to my advice in a while. Let me be honest, I was also stressed when the results were about to come, although I never had a competitive spirit. Having said that, I assert that there are friends of mine doing exceptionally well even if they scored average marks in Boards, so one shouldn’t be disheartened because frankly it doesn’t matter. Repeat this to yourself and do not get depressed.

Somehow in this atmosphere, knowledge is nebulous. Can the high-scorers be called intelligent in all the dimensions of the term? I guess, No. I am not demeaning anyone, they are undoubtedly brilliant students but I think the main phase of learning begins when you enter college where you realise, “Hey, Reality-Check! There are people here more knowledgable and looking at life from a completely different angle than you.” And no matter which college you get, you will definitely find the people you want to be with. The question that prevails then is where your interest lies? Think about what you like, be it anything, so that you don’t feel a burden on your head while pursuing it and believe me you will go places if you can figure that out; that ultimate thing which you want to do the rest of your life. I know it’s difficult and it can be possible that you make a mistake. Let me rephrase, highly possible that you have to change what you decided after graduation, so why take a lot of stress while making the decision? Statistically speaking there are more people who change their fields than those who stick to them. Set short-term goals than the opposite. You like History, take it, obviously you’ll enjoy the subject, try to discover things other than what’s in the course; if you can’t do that, then possibly that’s not where your interest lies! A person who loves painting will always try and learn about various styles and may specialise in one form, same goes with everything else.
If all of us know it’s the society that is setting the rules of our life then why follow something which is not right for us? They will blabber for a few days and then stop, no mater how cliche that sounded, it is true. If instead it’s your parents, have the courage to explain them why you want to go in the particular subject.

Relax and ponder about life and what is it you love to do at this stage. Don’t worry of the future, many desires are temporary and if they change you’ll obviously know what’s next that you want to lay your hands on. The span of life is long for some and short for others, taking one step at a time is a practical ideology for both because you don’t know in which category you fall.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Firstly ,I have to acknowledge that in past two years, I’ve learnt to be patient enough to read long good stuff ,if it interests me.AND for this am thankful to some of my friends including you Srishti for helping me inculcate this nice habit.So here I completely agree with your view of getting a company of strange yet like minded people ( which i discovered in the ambiguity college)with whom you can share a space coherently.I feel even the ones from whom you dissent, can help you make better choices in life ,for they can help you delete some options which earlier were in the purview of your interest.

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    1. And I agree with you on all grounds. College has mould us into human beings who can give respect to people who have opposite views than yours.


  2. I really like this article. Your style of writing is so cool! 🙂 It’s so true that while we are always aiming at hitting good grades, we sometimes forget that there are other important things too.

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    1. I know right! Glad you could connect! 😀

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  3. never.stop.exploring says:

    Do what you love if not try to love what you do!…. Swami Vivekananda.
    Well written.

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    1. That’s a good one! 🙂

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  4. poemsbyarti says:

    Written great…
    Agree with what u wrote…😊✌

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  5. Ashish kumar says:

    Very nice article. Very well articulated. Agreed one should make carrier in which he posses inrerest. Otherwise it is a kind of compromise that one has to do for the entire life.
    Very nice post. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 😀
      Glad you liked it!

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  6. letstry786 says:

    I don’t know you …. but your writing awesome…… i wish i could make my own blogs…. i have lots of thing to share with others…..


    1. Thanks for the comment!
      You could always start your own blog.

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      1. letstry786 says:

        Hmmm but i am not so much good in english….. so ist i need to inprove it….and i think i will take a while….


  7. ‘Havoc’ is wat we live in, which causes freedom to b so tasteless ….worthy advice for it…..yet another intriguing post Srishti …. love ur writing caliber 🙂

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  8. Nena says:

    So very true! At the end of the day, no one will ask what your grades were once you have your degree and experience will weigh more than that.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more!

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