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More than a Marksheet!

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As the semester comes to an end and you realise that this wasn’t the best year for your academics, don’t get disheartened. You have probably learnt a lot more than what could ever be reflected on a mark sheet.

There are very few of us who are entirely content with the way we spent our semester. We could have put in more hours of study, we could have bunked fewer classes, and we could have started our assignments earlier than the night before they were due. When we receive our grade sheet, all it shows is our achievements within the strict boundaries of college. So when you aren’t satisfied by your marks, remember to weigh them against everything else you gained this semester, for they are not the sole measure of your achievements.

Whether it’s the hours of hard work spent practicing with your theatre society or sleepless nights from reading articles on the Internet, these actions are to be appreciated rather than disregarded. Maybe you took on a new internship or started going to poetry events or simply took out the time to explore Delhi. The fact of the matter is that you learnt – even if it was some implicit skill or fact – and you grew. You grew beyond the constraints of college academics, and that is to be applauded.

This is not to justify the hours you spent binge watching TV shows the night before an exam or not paying attention in class. Such actions definitely need to be corrected. But we need to know when to draw the line between compromising on class because we’re grabbing another fruitful opportunity and skipping class because we want to sleep in. We could all learn some efficient time management, especially when it comes to this last stretch of the semester. It is also imperative that we devote the majority of our time to academics during this period. But when you feel guilty for having ignored your studies for months on end, reflect back on what you gained from pursuing other activities. This will keep you motivated and will also encourage you to spend more time on academics in the weeks leading up to the exams.

Simply put, don’t disregard your growth throughout the semester merely because you’re a little behind in your studies. Instead, take this opportunity to catch up and work hard for the exams. Good luck!

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Vineeta Rana

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An enthusiastic Ravenclaw, Vineeta is a keen learner and does not shy away from expressing her opinions. Her passion for discussion around gender and sexuality is only matched by her passion for French fries and naps. To chat about these or just to say hi, email her at [email protected].

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