Everyone has related to the 3 words given above at some point in their academic life. Whether it is the fear of not scoring well enough or not being prepared enough, as the exams come nearer, the stress keeps increasing at an exponential rate. You could be extremely confident for a paper, and yet lose your calm during the paper and mess the whole thing up.
I am someone, who isn’t fond of the current education system but will go all in a few days before exams begin to get a good percentile and grade. Why do I do that? Well, because I think it will somehow give me an edge when looking for the ‘perfect corporate job’ that pays my bills. Competition is the reason most of the students’ stress so much. Higher scores are equal to a better college. Education is a race wherein all students who clear the most obstacles in the least amount of time, wins the best job that exists in the field. At least, that is what we’re made to believe. (It’s not until later that we realize that books alone aren’t enough, work experience plays a major role in our professional life)
Stress during exams is subjective. There’s no particular reason why every student is nervous and anxious. I’d like to tell you one instance of my life. I had my Financial Accountancy 12th grade board paper in March 2019. 4 out of 6 papers were over and this was the 5th one. I was very confident with this paper as it was my favorite subject after Mathematics and I had practiced all kinds of sums with all exceptions and variations. Along with this, throughout the year, during my class tests, I had never scored lesser than 95%. I had the least amount of stress until the paper started. I usually start the paper by reading all the questions and marking the hidden details. I knew I had solved such sums before but yet somehow, I panicked so much, I couldn’t focus. The sums weren’t very difficult, but I was so tensed, I ended making many stupid mistakes. After the paper, I was so disheartened because I knew I was going to lose at least 6 marks. Going home, I was so down, I switched off my phone for a good amount of time. I thought I became overconfident and didn’t know how my professor was going to react knowing that I messed up the paper. During, all this while, my parents were the most supportive. Quoting my mother here, “It’s okay that you messed up, what’s the worst that could happen? You’ll score 5-6 marks less; you’ll get into the second-best college. Your marks don’t define you but your efforts do. And as for career, you’re my daughter, you’ll figure it out just like you did so far.”
I won’t say I stopped worrying about scores since that day (Though, I take my exams a bit lightly now than I used to ), but I know that we’re all different and that one bad paper or one terrible result can’t stop us from achieving our goals. Not to be confused with “Marks don’t Matter”. They do, but only to a certain extent. They aren’t worth crying over for days or sacrificing all those get-togethers with friends and family. Marks are not the end of the world. It’s just a tiny part of life. Nobody is going to kill you for scoring low marks. My point here, enjoy this period. Meet new people, bond with family, learn new things, go out, explore places, find your hobbies…… Just don’t consume yourself with exam and marks stress. Study only when needed but always keep learning.
To everyone having exams right now or in the coming weeks,
Stay Hydrated. Get Good Sleep. Eat Well. Give Your Best. Good Luck!
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