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Psychologist in the making

Arunima Sarin talks about her passion for psychology and how she pulled off a perfect 100 in the subject in the Class XII Boards reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: May 26, 2010 09:30 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Psychology talks about different personalities, their behaviours and the reasons for the way they behave. I didn’t know all of this until I checked the course contents while choosing the subject options in Class XI. I could anticipate that time that I would like the subject.

At Modern School, Barakhamba Road, we have quite diverse subject choices. For humanities, there are 21 different subject combinations. (No wonder Arunima studied mathematics and economics along with psychology in the humanities stream). Every time my teacher Cimran (pronounced Simran) Kher explained a theory to me, I could relate that to one of my friends. When I studied about extroverts in the ‘types of personalities’ by Carl Jung, it reminded me of a friend who is very regular in debates and can express himself confidently and makes friends effortlessly.

Though there are nine different chapters and each of them carry around ten-odd theories, but if you relate them to the real world around you then learning gets easier.

Psychology is all about human behaviour and our behaviour speaks volumes about our personality. Many a times, it happens with us, when we wonder about someone’s erratic behaviour. The study of psychology dwells on the reasons for such bizarre human characteristics. This deliberation makes it an interesting subject.

To score a perfect ton, I didn’t study for ten hours a day. I was simply regular in classes and used to revise whatever madam Kher used to teach us in class.

Three months before the exams, I studied for long hours every day. But during the exams, I got just half a day to revise the syllabus. The mathematics exam happened on March 22 and the very next day, we sat for psychology exam.

That half day, I was happiest (in the entire month) because I had nothing to do but study only psychology — my favourite subject.

I will study psychology in graduation also because I want to become a clinical psychologist or a counsellor. About the choice of college, I want to study at LSR (Lady Sri Ram College for Women). Though their cut off was 94 per cent in psychology last year, and I have scored just 91 (best of four) but I still think that I can make it because of the ECA (extracurricular activities).

As told to Vimal Chander Joshi