Having been so busy studying all the time, I was already in my third year when I discovered the University of London International Programmes Official Student Blog and decided to join the clan of student bloggers. My first post on the Official Student Blog was ‘Beginning of the End’ in September 2015, and here I am writing my farewell post, for it has been around eight months since I have outgrown the term ‘student’.
My journey as a student blogger has been wonderful and I recommend all students out there, no matter what year you are in, to give it a try. One gets to connect with other students of the University of London all around the world. Writing down what you are feeling not only makes you feel lighter but sharing your experiences with other students is a small way of helping each other out as well. Not only that, reading your peers’ blog posts makes you feel better about not being the only one going crazy around exam time, and helps you get through your time as a student. Sometimes, reading up on posts that are not related to studying can be refreshing and can give your mind a break from constant studying.
Would I have spent my time differently?
When I look back at where I was three years ago and when I look at where I am today, I realise how important my time as a student of the University of London International Programmes has been in the past three years. When I first enrolled into the University of London programme taught at the University College of Islamabad (UCI) here in Pakistan, I remember complaining to my A Level teacher about how unsatisfied I was over there. I would come to university just in time for class, go back home during breaks between classes and leave as soon as my classes ended. Little did I know that UCI would become a second home for me. I made wonderful friends and had inspiring teachers; we were like a family.
The three years passed by in a jiffy. I spent most of my time studying, studying and – ‘wait for it’ – studying. You would find me either at the library or in my own little library at home. I even missed out on my first cousin’s wedding function in my second year because my first exam was only a week away. Sometimes, I wonder whether I would have spent my three years as an undergraduate any differently than I did, if I had the chance to do so. Given the finicky person that I am, I doubt it. Having said that, I would want to try spending my undergraduate life a little – just a little – differently; I would try having a little more fun and avoid crying over not being able to do a question (I mean, really?).
What I’ve learned about processing exam results to inform your plans
The trickiest part about being a student, I find, is processing the results you have received and informing your plans to achieve your future goals. Waiting for your exam results can be stressful enough, let alone actually receiving them. Different people experience different emotions when receiving their results. It can be devastating if your results do not live up to yours or your family’s expectations, or if you feel like your results will not fit in to your future goals of getting into a particular university or getting your dream job. If you feel like you could have done better, you can work a little harder next year or maybe change your studying strategy. However, if you really did your best, and still did not get the results you were expecting, there is nothing to worry about. Everything eventually falls into place. While studying hard for your exams is very important, understanding the fact that scoring high in your exams is not the only thing that determines your future goals is equally important.
There are different ways of approaching your future goals with the results you have received. If you did not get the marks you wanted in a specific course, you could consider other options or work towards the same goals in other ways like gathering relevant work experience, attending leadership programmes, etc. While some could argue that getting into a good university or getting a good job requires you to have good marks, I believe we live in a time where admissions committees and employers are aware of the fact that everyone has different qualities, that those qualities may not be correctly reflected in your exam results and that one can demonstrate those qualities in various other ways.
My top three things to remember
To sum up, and without taking more of your time (since it is exam season), I believe there are three important things that each student should remember while studying, while receiving your results and while planning your future goals. First, do your best. Second, if things do not turn out the way you wanted them to, you can always work towards your goals in other ways. Third, everything will eventually fall into place.
Best of luck to everyone!