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The aftermath!

education Updated: May 28, 2013 12:56 IST
Jasmine Bhalla
Jasmine Bhalla
Hindustan Times
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Being this week’s editor, I’m going to categorise this edition as quite crucial for all the campus journalists. If there are two words besides “Board exams” that can lead to apocalyptic scenarios and macabre thoughts in the head of even a sanguine and jovial student, it is “Board results”. Boards were certainly not the only leviathan task that we had to go through. The result was just as scary, if not more!



Monday, the day of the announcement of the much-awaitSed “Board results”, witnessed a sudden inundation of phone calls from every person we have ever met — including those NRI relatives who never even called to wish us a happy birthday — enquiring about our results. Sad life? You bet!

The freshly graduated batch of 2013 has already begun fretting and its anguish is evident. Just when the thought of the Board examinations started fading away until it became much too ambiguous, we were cruelly woken up by the results that were announced on Monday.

Irrespective of the streams — we all are waging the same war. The war of getting into a decent college — if not our dream college. Preparing ourselves for the worst. Trying to reassess the options we are left with. Praying profusely that the cut-offs won’t skyrocket beyond our reach this year. Dealing with the insurmountable anxiety. And of course, cursing the people who used to say that “life after Boards is fun!”

But fear not, dear readers! For we all are in the same boat. All the CJs, too, are going through the turbulent phase of stress and jitters.

Today, the CJs talk about their experiences regarding the Board exams and the final consequence. Some are excited, ecstatic and optimistically look ahead, while for the rest, the result didn’t turn out to be too great.

For some, sociology and political science turned out to be a dampener while for others it was the accountancy exam that ended up being an albatross around their necks.

Finally, before you proceed to read what every CJ has to say about their exams and the result, I would like to conclude this piece by adding that though the Board result is quite vital for a student in the “great Indian admission process,” it is not the only criterion for a bright future.

Sometimes, it is always better to go for the road not taken and question the convention. You are not what you score and scoring an 82% instead of a 94% does not determine your smartness. The path ahead might seem uncertain, but at the end of the day, it all works out!

EDITOR’s LIST

It was great fun to convene the meeting filled with lively discussions and anecdotes

1. Setting up the edit meet
Sitting in the HT Office where all of us have reserved our own “spot”, we came up with a topic for the upcoming week, the meeting being chaired by me

2. Theme of the week
The CJs talk about the “nail-biting jitters” they felt before the announcement of the Board results

3. Tasks set out
Blogging and sending in articles about expectations from the Boards

4. The most disciplined journo
It’s hard to decide among a bunch of free-spirited, crazy people, though Kritika is surely the most docile one

5. Work I did this week
Coordinating with the CJs, editing their articles and consequently pulling my hair sometimes!

6. ...and next week’s editor is
Kritika Narula and the theme that we have unanimously decided upon is post-result blues!

Jasmine Bhalla, St Thomas’ School

I’m sitting with my head buried in my laptop trying to give meaningful words to the tornado of emotions that have overtaken my mind. Board results are out and life, as we know it, will be transformed for students who just stepped out of school. From listening to our relatives who have suddenly become experts on career counselling to getting down to taking decisions — it has been a bumpy ride. I was scared to recall my exams, particularly math paper! (Getting a set with an incorrect six-mark question was ghastly!) However, it turned out well. The real shocker for me, though, was English where despite having left a question I managed to score 95%. It was accountancy that proved to be my Achilles’ heel. I am not particularly jubilant but I’m satisfied

Chaudhary Ali Mardan Khan, DPS, Indirapuram

Which exam board decides to hold the most important subject exams with a few days’ gap in a week? And later gives 20 days’ preparatory leave-cum-holidays for the physical education exam? The CBSE!

To add to the misery, the desks in my Board centre were dotted with ‘crater marks’, and thanks to the benches, I am now adept at riding a horse and writing an exam. Finally, as the day of declaration of results grew nearer, the heart had begun to pound harder, the phone calls from “concerned” relatives became more frequent. Despite scoring exorbitantly high than my expectations, now I wish I could have got a bit more. All in all, Class 12 had a lot of stumbling blocks, but with my teachers’ support I dodged them all

Vritti Gandhi, Holy Child Auxilium School

Sitting in your study, gazing out of the window, dreaming about the day it will be over. That’s life in Class 12. Add to it, the unbearable anxiety which haunts the students even after they are done with their exams. We tried putting on a brave face, tried masking our fears. For many commerce students, it was the accountancy exam that turned out to be a let-down. Most of us were hoping to find some solace after the announcement of the results. But it wasn’t easy when the path we were treading on was about to take a sharp turn. All we could do was hope that we do not fall off. Hands trembling, heart racing, I keyed in my roll number and suddenly, all my marks appeared on the computer screen staring at my face. I breathed a sigh of relief. I am completely content, and that is what matters

Tarana Faroqi , Sardar Patel Vidyalaya

Throughout the year we heard the word Boards almost every day in each and every sentence. Right from the nerds to the backbenchers, everyone studied and gave their best shot. My experience was not exceptionally different from anyone else. After political science I had a “mini break”. But my mother would always say “utilise each day well!” As soon as I realised that there was no time left, I pulled up my socks and studied hard. The worst feeling was to know that my science and commerce friends were done with their exams and I was still stuck. Finally, the results were declared. For me it came as good news. I had never expected 83 in history though sociology and English disappointed me a bit. Overall, I am excited and this level of happiness was certainly not expected

Geetika Ahuja, Summer Fields School

“Only those who score well in Boards do well in life,” said no one. No research conducted at some weird university has shown that good Board results guarantee a great future. That should calm some nerves. Standing at the crossroads of our lives, the Boards are apparently the litmus test. Exhilarated, elated, ecstatic — I fall short of words to describe my state of mind. The moment the results flashed on the screen, I went into a trance, which was broken by my family jumping around in joy. I am content that I have surpassed the benchmark set by my parents, peers and teachers. However, I will emphasise that the Boards are not a determinant of how far you will make it in life. The likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college and yet carved a niche for themselves. So, what are the Boards to judge the sparks in you, buddy?

Kritika Narula, St Margaret Senior Secondary School

The tryst with the Board exams was, without exaggeration, an ordeal. The datesheet demanded us to behave like ascetics for a whole month, although we could not abstain from talking to friends or listening to music. By the way, it was so munificent and kind of the datesheet to give us “nine-preparatory-days-of-excruciating-suspense” for the economics exam, at a time when all we wanted was to unburden ourselves from the bone-crunching force of the Board exams. Suddenly, a phantasmagoria begins to envelope the celluloid of my mind: forms, cut-offs, admissions, colleges, which makes me simultaneously ecstatic and perturbed. My result has been almost on expected lines. Anyway, marks cannot deter my love for my subjects. Someone suggests that I treat these results like any other, and I retaliate, “Easier said than done.”

However, I look forward to life ahead. The declaration of marks means my entry into a university, which to me, spells ecstasy!

Premanshu Tripathi, Kendriya Vidyalaya, JNU

It was the most dreaded occasion for every student. Neither Einstein nor Pascal were able to survive it without breaking into a sweat, so it will be unjust to expect a layman to get over it without having sleepless nights. What I felt was more of a cocktail of emotions — anxiousness woven with excitement, with a few glimpses of confidence every now and then. After all the anxiety, came the day of results! (Bells of joy for some, rings of horror for many). My aggregate came out to be a nice 88%, a mere 2% less than my target. I hope this score will be adequate for me to apply for my desirable course in esteemed government colleges.

Engineering still remains my first choice, and I won’t shy away from taking any chances to prepare for the entrance exams of the Indian Institutes of Technology for one more year and give it my best shot in 2014

Ummang Sharma Bajpai, The Indian School

Right from Class 1 we were told about the “Boards” and how important they are. As the distance between me and the Boards steadily decreased, from years to months to weeks, there was an amalgamation of excitement and anxiety.

While I put in more hours of my day to study, I also tried to make sure that I did not panic. The preparation was definitely not easy. Having no tuition or coaching classes and managing time was the biggest challenge. Also with just two days for history and 20 for economics, a lot of jugglery was indeed required! Now, I was expecting to do rather well in political science — it is my favourite subject but I catastrophically ran out of time and thus did not score as much as I had hoped. History was surprisingly good. Psychology was not, especially compared to my practical.

So, with a new world ahead, I optimistically go forth!