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'Education is to broaden one's mind'

education Updated: Feb 07, 2012 15:56 IST

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Last year during this time my board examinations were nearing and I was experiencing what people called 'examination stress'. Endless sums of accounting for non for profit organisations, partnership firms, companies, etc, made me realise that the subject wasn't cut out for me. But I needed to score well in order to make to a college as cut-offs were touching the sky.

Taking me out of this dilemma, my parents, who always stood by me, explained to me that education is to broaden one's mind, to question and to grow intellectually. To many this may sound like clichés, but they are true.

With 73% (best of four) I didn't fare as expected and the competition for admission to college was getting fierce. The first cut-off list for Delhi University was out and the cut-off at a college was an unbelievable 100%. My classmates who scored over 90% too were having a harrowing time.

From time to tome, every one was rushing from one to college to another, checking their names on lists (first, second, third and fourth list).

With seats getting filled rapidly, there was no solace to my agony. To top this, two of my best friends decided to study outside Delhi. But my parents kept me hopeful and positive.

Giving my short-sighted thinking about college admissions a break, I shifted my focus from colleges to the subject I wanted to pursue. Voila! I made to the third or (may be fourth) list of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce where I got subject of my choice.

Now exactly a year later, I am much happier and wiser person as this college provided me with the right platform to pursue English (hons) and helped me become an independent adult. Besides, I've made some really great friends here.

The only challenge I face now is to convince my parents to let me get a tattoo!
Emilie
English (Hons) 1st year
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce