The hunt for admissions is on, with only a few days left to the countdown of the NBSE HSLC & HSSLC result declaration. What’s interesting is how over the years, certain trends and factors have developed to reveal how students are influenced to choose their course and place of study. Read on to find out how to narrow down your choices better by avoiding some pitfalls of taking admission based only on friends, parental pressure, or marks secured, and ask yourself if it’s what YOU really want for yourself.
Where Will You Study Next?
- Students who depend on the marks secured: A significant number of students belong to this category. At the class 11 level most of the students opt for a stream (Arts, Commerce or Science) depending on the marks scored in class 10 exam. This trend is followed in the undergraduate level as well. For instance, if a student secured the highest marks in English, this subject automatically becomes the first choice for honours, regardless of whether the student is passionate about the subject. Very often, in these cases, a student either drops out in the 1st semester or drags on through the other semesters by performing poorly. A student should opt for a subject or stream that interests them. Decisions should not be influenced by the subject that has a few extra marks. While selecting the stream or course one should always keep in mind one’s interest and capacity. A student may have distinction in Science but may be interested in Arts subjects. A student may take up Arts but maybe good in Science or Commerce or vice versa.
- Students who are influenced by peer pressure: They choose an Institute or stream because of their friends. These group of students should remember that an Institute may not be conducive to them though it is for their friends. Choosing the right Institute matters: an Institute that can provide your specific needs. I have encountered students who were dropped from good institutes due to poor performance but had secured more than 60% after changing the Institute.
- Students who fall under parental pressure: Parental pressure can be immense, thus, parents need to be careful while taking decisions for the child. Parents usually take decisions based either on the reputation of the institute, the convenience of transport and distance or living expenses. While taking this important decision parents should always take into account the capacity and consent of the child or it may affect the development and performance of the child. The decisions should align with the goals and aims of the child. The child also needs to understand the parent’s point of view.
- Students who seek admission in a certain School or College because they did not get admission elsewhere: For these group of students, if they are hardworking, it may work out well with them. In the past, there have been students who had very low percentage in HSLC or HSSLC but have done exceptionally well. This may be because they join with low expectations, but the institute exceeded their expectations which motivated them to do well.
- Students for whom the School/College is their first choice: Normally, these group of students are well informed and have knowledge about the Institute. They have researched well before seeking admission. They know what they want and where they will get it. They adjust easily and are happy to be a part of the institute. Their goals are set and they are ready to fulfill their dreams. This, I should say, are the ideal admission seekers.