Print Edition - 2019-06-26  |  The Blackboard

Things to do before you go to college

  • SEE break is a good time to prepare yourself for the future.
- Asmeeta Khadka

Jun 26, 2019-

You may think life is full of excitement after all the hard work you have put in for your SEE exams. Perhaps, you are thinking you won’t have to take extra-long hours of coaching and tuitions ever again.

You will quickly realise that’s not true—your parents will want you to decide on your higher studies or learn something new during your break. Of course, after that long year of preparing for SEE, this wonderful time to feel free and let go of the pressure. However, despite the exams being over, you still have to work hard, because life has just started and new opportunities are awaiting you.

Besides reading books, there are a lot of other ways to learn, that educational institutions have not emphasised. A lot of you must be confused on how to spend these long holidays. If I could go back to my initial days of my SEE vacation, then I definitely would have tried to do these things I’ve listed here:

1. Take training courses

Three months is a very long time, so learn something new—things that you have always been interested in but you didn’t have time for.  You can venture into graphic designing, video editing, learning a musical instrument, tailoring, riding a bike, taking Montessori courses, photography—anything that interests you. These can be a great source of understanding yourself in the long run.

2. Spend time researching about the subject you want to take

All of us have gone through a phase when we are asked, “So, what are you planning to study?” If you already know what to study then congratulations! But, if you don’t, then you should start your research. The only advice is don’t decide because of your grades. Grades are the last thing you will want to worry about. They are only useful while bargaining for admission or when you want to brag about it to your relatives.

One of my seniors chose to study science because he was a topper in his school, but, he ended up changing his stream to management after a year because he realised he was more interested in accounts. We keep hearing students with good scores are supposed to study science but that’s not true.

3. Apply for internships

An internship is basically an opportunity to learn on the job and it helps you gain experience and widen your knowledge. Some institutions offer paid internships but not all of them. It’s better to gain some experience than sleeping or watching TV all day at home. You can join an internship programme to explore your interests. Internships and volunteering can actually help you have a stronger CV.

4. Apply for jobs

It’s unlikely you will get hired without some good experience but at least you will learn to make your own CV and experience a job interview. It even helps you improve your communication skills. The motive is not to get the job but to build your confidence and know what people look for during job interviews. And if you do get a job, that’s great, it will be a good experience to learn from.

5. Start a business

Yes! You read it right. But don’t start imagining a huge company right away! You can collaborate with your friends and start a small business. For example, opening a street food stall or selling vegetables in the morning and evening. You can also get a lot of ideas on starting any small startup company on the internet, but make sure you plan, research and calculate your steps beforehand. Plus, the social media has made it a lot easier for people to set up and promote their business.

6. Attend seminars and exhibitions

Make use of your time and go outside, observe and interact with real humans. Attend programmes you are interested in. Attend art exhibitions around your  city and widen your horizon.

7. Be informed

It’s important for you to read newspapers as you are now going to be dealing with the real world. No social studies teacher will inform you about current events. Make it a habit to read or listen to news. Getting updated about what is happening in the world and in your country will help you make decisions and form your opinions.

8. Befriend books

There are lots of interesting books out there. During schools, we don’t really have time to read any fiction or non-fiction books outside of our course. If you are a beginner, go for short stories or comic books. Children’s books are always funny. Trust me, you won’t ever regret reading books.

- Khadka is a twelfth grader at Niten Memorial School

Published: 26-06-2019 09:38

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