Since the last month, I’ve been at what I like to refer as the Career Crossroads. The point where students, at least in India, get done with school and move towards college but our country involves a few other steps taking place in a 3-4 month period midst School and College. Right now, I’m at the point where luck and scores are trying to balance my scales so I’m still at the crossroads. Here are 5 things I’ve learnt till reaching here and I think these may be helpful to people who will reach the crossroads the next year.
1. Always Have A (Vague) Plan In Mind
You cannot be too sure of what you want to pursue or what you want to become. (unless you want to be Batman because in that case, you should be Batman) Point being you should never have a plan set in stone because reality is a bitch and so is luck so there’s a big chance you may come face to face with disappointment. Decide your course or field of study then aim for a good college but don’t set that name in stone and don’t follow the sheep hoard, you may analyse and then continue where all the sheep are going but the analysis is important because it helps you know what you want. Keep a list of good colleges instead so even if you fail to nail one, you may have a plan B and so on so forth. Nothing goes exactly by the plan (unless you’re Batman and you planned it) so make sure you have a backdoor entry or a wild card to get you back on your feet.
2. The Guy Who Kept Cramming Everything Never Lands His Dream Score/College
Yes, I’ve seen it with seniors, I’ve seen it with my batch. The guy who kept cramming everything tends to get too overconfident. You know, that guy who always has a piece of paper with formulae or answers in his hand even when he goes to the washroom. He may score well in school exams but when the real brawl comes he’s as good as you. The only guy who studied gets his dreams score/college the guy who kept cramming would always be parallel to you. So don’t be intimidated by him during the school years, see him as a rival but don’t be intimidated.
3. Board Exam Checking Is A Big Round of Raffle
I had heard the tales and I never believed them. Too bad, now I do because it’s true. It is a big round of raffle or a slot machine or roulette or <insert any casino game reference here>. It depends on how you did the exam and then about 25% of it depends on where the sheets go for checking because it seems this time my school was hit in the English corner where people who were expecting 90s got 70s while those who were hoping for 60s got 90s. Yes my friend, that happens and it sucks but you get over it. Don’t let it disappoint you for long. It will disappoint you for sure just don’t make it extend too long because when it comes to knowledge and skill 70 or 90 should mean nothing to you, you’ll always triumph them (just don’t get overconfident)
4. The Education System In India Does Not Give A Fuck About Time
It’s true. They will give a particular date for a result or announcement then change it on that day or even better you won’t have a date for anything in the first place. Newspapers and click-bait websites would be your sole source for any notification unfortunately, they will keep adding 1 to the date they give you until the day of results automatically arrives. So keep your hormones in and be in control. Grab a Snickers because you turn into a Monster when you’re hungry (even if you are hungry for results).
5. Everyone Gets A College In The End
Otherwise you’d be seeing millions of students stranded around your house who have no college to go to. It’s just a matter of how much they studied or regretted. Those who didn’t give enough time to it regret but still land a less famous or less branded college. Everyone does. Sometimes your mother’s brother’s son’s friend’s father’s relative’s mother is a professor in some college and she helps you secure your seat or sometimes you work really hard for an year or two and re-attempt the entrance exams. How much hard work you want to do it’s up to you. But now that I’ve realised, I’ll type it. Studying is more or less the key. To all those who say “I was a failure at school yet I’m position here>.” I’ll say “Well, good for you. You’re really lucky. The 99999999 except you aren’t so much so shut up and let people work, if not hard then at least let them work a little, you’re ruining them.”
I’m yet at the crossroads and I have a month or two till I reach college so these realisations may or may not be correct, at the end I’ll just say, consider everything but still do what you feel is right. It’s your life anyway. 🙂