Season of Examinations

It is the season of examinations. Well, maybe not for the younger students, but for the students sitting for their A Level examinations and undergrads sitting for their Finals.

During this period, many would already be hustling in full drive mode from the early morning till late at night. Some even go to the extent of having overnight study sessions till daybreak. Even though I feel that sometimes such methods that they adopt are insane, I admire the drive in their souls to score well and push past the pain of sleep-deprivation. I wanted to go to one actually but being a person who needs sleep to function, I decided against it.

As we go through this constant hustling and painful hard work, I’d just like to drop a reminder for you and for me so that we can remember why we’re doing all of this in the first place.

Why are we studying? Why do we even go to a university? Why bother?


Each of us has our own reasons to go to a university. For most, it is to get an education, for some, it is to please our parents and society, and for a small handful, it is to chase knowledge. But collectively, it is to have a chance of a better future.

But here’s the thing about wanting something better. We have to work for it. I’m sure all of you have heard of a variation or two of the phrase, “Success doesn’t come easy,” and it is so true.

Especially in a world that we live in today where competition is everywhere, success becomes a mountain peak that is steadily becoming harder to climb to, but does this mean that it is impossible for us to achieve it? No.

Studying is a way for us to achieve that success that we want. The pains of the late night study sessions, the struggle of trying to understand concepts and the futile attempts of maintaining a work-life balance, are all part of that process.

But all of that would feel easier if our intentions are true.

We shouldn’t put the burden of someone else’s dreams or opinions on our shoulders. That is something that is truly unsustainable.

I believe that one should put themselves first, by putting our dreams first, that, I think is a way to live a fulfilling life.


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