• Thursday, March 05, 2015

Results Day: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Rayaan Ibtesham Chowdhury
Photo: Palash Khan
Photo: Palash Khan

There has always been a lot of debate about how exams shouldn't be the basis on which someone is evaluated, as well as criticisms about the state of the education system in general. While these arguments of course have some merit, there's no point in denying that exams, and their results, do matter. And as the results of yet another public exam have come and gone, it's important that you take what you get and take in the lessons that are on offer.
An SSC course, for example, is taught over the course of two years. While some of the more serious students do put in effort from day 1, most of us don't buckle down before we suddenly realise we only have a few months left. No matter which group you fall into, there's no use in getting sleepless nights in the build up to RESULTS DAY. Because after all, what's done is done and the most important thing now is to take whatever you get and learn from it.
The whole vibe that is created around the day makes the most carefree of students panic. In some ways it's unfair because it just adds to the pressure the student is feeling. Then you have all the random relatives you never knew existed checking on your results. Keep in mind that these people hardly matter in your life. If you never met this 'mama' before, it's fair to assume his opinion doesn't matter. There can be a number of reasons why your results didn't work out the way you hoped and these are things those people will never understand.
Adnan, who missed A+ in both Bangla and Chemistry, remembers how the whole day felt. “I knew I hadn't been the most devoted student but I still felt that I deserved to get A+ in both papers. It really frustrated me. So I wanted to get back at the education system. I really dug into my HSCs and now I'm graduating from University of New South Wales.” Adnan is one of many. While you might have had a number of reasons for not getting the desired result -- one being not putting in enough effort, just treat it as a lesson learnt. There's always the next exam and all doors will not be closed.
Then there's the opposite end of the spectrum. You gave it your all and yet desirable results slipped out of your hands. You will feel cheated for a while and that's only fair. If you're confident that your effort didn't lack anything, then keep going strong. Someone with this much determination is bound to succeed. But retrospection is always good and it might be worth retracing your steps and rethinking what your approach should be. After all, there will always be next time. And what matters now is tackling this 'next time' better.
Stay grounded if you got what you wanted and keep working. Nothing is ever 'final'. Results don't lessen your worth as a human being.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2014

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