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.