With most colleges and institutes announcing high cut-offs across streams, stress levels are high not just for students but also for those around them. Here’s how you can cope with stress due to poor grades.
Education not defined by grades: A more accurate evaluation of the value of education is based on your knowledge and learning, and your ability to put that knowledge to practical use.
Life does not depend on choice of college or university: In the long run, the chase for the best college is not actually worth it. Eventually your efforts, initiatives taken to learn and retain knowledge, and the choice of subjects, are what matters more than the college you choose.
Evaluate efforts, not results: Remember to focus not only on the final grades, but also pay attention to the efforts you put into the exam.
Be realistic: Your expectations from yourself should be realistic. Keep in mind the role of external factors as well. While it is good to be ambitious, it is always better to be reasonable and have realistic expectations.
Think of the next step: After results are announced, do not spend time mulling over grades, exchanging notes with peers. If you feel you haven’t done well, give yourself a break. Let bygones be bygones and focus on the next step. Consider the possibilities that lie ahead.
Career is only a part of life: Our life does not depend on the success of our career choices. Education and career form only one part of our lives. Ten years down the line, the likelihood of anybody remembering how you fared in exams or your marks is unlikely. So long as you are happy and well settled in life, nobody will remember your marks.
Career counselling: Be open to seeking help from a career counsellor to help clear all doubts and confusion. Based on your aptitude, interests, and personality, you would be better equipped to make a career choice most suitable to your ­predisposition.
The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare