4 years ago, when I scored 92.2% in my Class XII boards, I was beside myself with joy.
All my school years, my parents would tell me that I have the potential to get 90% on a consistent basis but I just didn’t care enough for academic success. Even if I did care about my marks, I just couldn’t be persuaded enough to slog for them. I always believed that co-curriculars made a person more of what he/she was than academics, I still do. I have been prompted to write this post by the recent furore over the 100% cut-off of SRCC and ever higher cut-offs from other DU colleges.
I can understand why the students are so worried about this but what thy don’t understand is that it should really not matter. I also felt gutted when I didn’t get through my dream college – St. Stephen’s. Uncharacteristically, I had worked hard in XII to get the core I eventually did, and it had meant a lot to me when I cleared the cut-offs for 2 courses at St. Stephen’s. I think I did well in the interviews. I was first on the waiting list for the B.A course. It was a huge achievement according to me because first on the waiting list meant I would definitely get in now. Ultimately, though that did not happen and despite getting through other decent DU colleges like Hindu, I chose to stay in Chandigarh and studied at DAV College.
Honestly, in the first few months, I really cursed my luck and questioned what I was doing there. Gradually I realised that it’s not the location that matters but the person that you are. People think that they’ll get more opportunities in a place like Delhi, so did I. Now, I believe in creating opportunities rather than looking for them.
During my time at DAV College, I met wonderful people, made great lifelong friends and took part in some activities that I’m absolutely sure I couldn’t have done if I was in Delhi. I organised two national students’ conferences, took part in two national universities youth fests and even represented India at the SAARC youth festival.
And believe me, it doesn’t make any difference which college you graduated from once you start post-graduation or even working. What will matter is your work and work ethic, not the brand you associate with.