Result Day

By Ayesha Khan

Published: Friday, March 01, 2013    

You might be wondering why I’ve decided to tackle this issue so early in the year. Well readers, it’s because by the time this date actually comes around, I’m pretty much a nervous wreck, unable to string together two sentences about it without having a mini panic attack. But, I’ve decided not to stress out so much this year and my resolution is to play it cool in August, when my A-level grades will be released.

Of course, carrying out this plan is easier said than done. The day when your marks come out is an extremely stressful one, as are the torturous weeks leading up to it. You may not agree with me, but I find the tension to be almost comparable with examination time.

I could say that everyone deals with stress differently, but as I do not have the privilege of observing my classmates during the summer holidays, which is when my external exam results come out, I don’t know what they do to alleviate the pending sense of doom that seems to follow me around before I learn of my academic fate.

But I can tell you that for most of us scholars, difficulty sleeping is a very common symptom, as is the inability to think about anything else but how we are going to fare on result day. Another common act is spending an unhealthy amount of time on student forums, reading posts related to (you guessed it) examination results. For some students, the more morbid side of our personality comes out and we can be found asking our parents if they will still love their child even if she failed her physics exam.

If, for some unfathomable reason, you are wondering why students make such fools out of themselves for a few measly marks, I must counter-question, why should we not?

There are so many factors that just seem to pile up the pressure on our fragile and weary shoulders. Believe it or not, most of us have slogged, sweated and studied very hard and are anxious to know how we fared. And if having our parents, teachers and siblings constantly enquire about how we did, or how we think we will do isn’t enough, we also have neighbors, our parents’ friends, and, as is familiar in this part of the world, a large extended family joining our long list of, ahem, well-wishers.

Another very obvious reason to get frazzled and unnerved would be that these marks directly affect our future. Our future: a hazy, uncertain and abstract notion that most students are at once both familiar with and completely clueless about. But most of us do want to do well in life and not end up homeless on the streets. Getting good grades, hence gaining admission into college, is a very strong way to prevent that unpleasant scenario from occurring.

Even though this article is a little mistimed when it comes to the release of examination results, it is chronologically compatible with another ‘result day’ that many high school seniors will have to contend with this spring. While I can’t speak for everyone, this month many of us will be finding out where we are going to university, or putting the finishing touches on our applications at the very least. Given the international array of where seniors studying in the UAE will go for higher education, this is definitely another area for concern.

Trust me, this alternative ‘result day’ is no less teeth-grindingly distressing than the aforementioned one. All the same key words, such as stressful, agonizing and - the most ominous or hopeful (depending on how you see it, really) one – future, can be used to describe this process.

So, I end this article wishing all my fellow high school seniors good luck with their admissions process, and with an early request to all of the students who have the misfortune of having a day marked as Result Day on their calendars not to completely lose their minds before that day finally comes around. Because, by the time you’re done with the whole circus that is exam time, there is very little you can do to change your fortune. The best thing to do is work hard now, so that you can reap the fruits on that day.

Ayesha Khan is a high school student with an eye for both the mundane and the oddities in life.
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