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A lot is expected of students. From straight As to good oratory skills, from being on top of things to making ends meet with limited pocket money. Furthermore, young women students face another challenge; the task of being “perfect.” Every household decides their definition of perfect. For me, it is being neatly dressed in an ironed kurti with hair divided into three precise parts and.....
A lot is expected of students. From straight As to good oratory skills, from being on top of things to making ends meet with limited pocket money. Furthermore, young women students face another challenge; the task of being “perfect.” Every household decides their definition of perfect. For me, it is being neatly dressed in an ironed kurti with hair divided into three precise parts and pleated with precision. It is expected of me to know how to make “round” chapatis and the right amount of chini to mix in everyone’s cup of 5 'o clock tea. And in the middle of the daily schedule, I somehow juggle the balance sheet of academic pressure.
There are several aspects of being a so-called, “topper.” The biggest is the expectation you have of yourself. Undoubtedly, the fear of failure has kept me awake at numerous nights. I would fall in a dry spell of sleep while revising trade laws. Sometimes, anxiety would get the better of me and I would wake up in the middle of the night, open the books and drown in the sea of numbers.
Another set of expectation is from teachers, who find recognition when their students excel. Their appreciation motivates me. But with the praise comes responsibilities such as always coming on time, maintaining neat and clean notebooks (because peers need a photo copy before the exam) and keeping abreast with what’s taught in the class.
The sooner the exam date, the larger the pressure to learn, re-learns, revise and re-revise the syllabus for maximum retention. Food, sleep and comfort are orderly packed in a bag that is locked in the Bank of an Ideal World. I’ve had spells of fainting the night before the exam, and eye pain because of constant stress.
Come the exam day, and for three hours, you see no left, you see no right, and you see no above. You only see to it that you’ve answered each question, correctly. Because there isn’t room for making mistakes when you’ve scored full marks in the smaller exams throughout the year. The day of the results, which many students dread, is one of the most wonderful days of my life. Seeing my parents happy, and the positivity around, motivates me to outperform myself each time.
One important thing that I've learnt from this experience is that your parents will always support you, come what may. On those nights when I could not sleep, my mother was awake with me. On those days when I was discouraged, my father would take me out for ice-cream and some motivating words.
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