What to Do before your Cambridge Result
By Ahmed Tabassum, our Ambassador in Aitchison College
Brace yourselves! Doomsday has finally arrived! No wait, its still 4 days due… The Summer session of the Cambridge O’ and A’ Level examinations will reach its ultimatum once the results are released and believe me, it will be a cracker.
Being a victim myself, I share with you a list of Do’s and Don’ts with my fellow culprits of the British CIE exams. Please read on, as this article includes some really motivational stuff to deal with this phase.
1) Prepare yourself physically and mentally for the day…!
Don’t just sit there, crying all day and wondering how easily you would’ve aced the examinations with only a little more effort. Believe me, that is a waste of time. Just prepare yourself for the Ultimate ‘Ami-Abu ki Jootiyoan ki Maar’ (beating from parents) and the ‘Taanas’ (Taunts) that you probably will end up with for the rest of your pathetic lives- and I’m just kidding on the pathetic part. But on a serious note, just sit down and realize the fact that no matter how much you try to stop time, one way or another, THIS DAY WILL COME! Just like Judgment Day, results will come. So don’t let the fear wear you down or creep you in your dreams, believe in the fact that you will rise or you will fall. Just don’t take it seriously. As my friends always say to me, Easy Ho Jao Yaar (Take it easy buddy).
2) The Pros and Cons of this whole experience…!
Just because you have given your examinations doesn’t mean that it is over. Just think of what you could’ve done more to remove the benefit of doubt from your minds. Make a mental list (or a physical one on a paper. It’s your call.) of what you found easy and difficult in this whole process. Gather up your judgment on what was a piece of cake and what was the ‘ants in the cake’. When you do so, just sit down and judge yourself on what to expect from the results. Will you get an A* or a U grade (Allah aisa grade kissi ko na day) is what you need to decide first. You never know, presumptions might me right or wrong or both.
3) Zyada Over-Confident Na HO…! (Don’t be too overconfident)
‘I can ace this! I can totally ace this!’ I swear, if I hear a single person say that AGAIN, I will hit my head on the wall constantly. Not that it will bring you any harm, but still, you get the expression. Never let over-confidence run you. Because like the ‘Red Team Curse on Masterchef’, over-confidence can run you down like an insect. It is my personal experience that leads to this theory. If you are an ‘over-effie bacha’, you will probably end up beaten. If you think you are the King of the GCE examinations, then you are wrong! WRONG! But my statement does not even mean that one must be under-confident. Just be the thing in-between these two: Confident. Be confident that you can achieve the grade that you have worked hard for. As a wise man once said, ‘A farmer gets that much for which he has worked hard for. He will not get less apples or more apples than what his hard work has earned him’………..okay, I made that quote up. But you should get the message within these wise words.
4) Suicide is out of the question…!
Just because you think you have disappointed your family doesn’t mean you need to buy a dosage of cyanide in advance. I have heard of many lunatics who have fallen prey to the hype and pressure of the examinations and have subsequently tried to die. Remember one thing: Agar ‘3 Idiots’ mein Joy ke saath bura hota hai, doesn’t mean that you have to end up on the same path as him. Don’t even think of dying! Just sit for a re-test next year or something. Do Not Die! I repeat, DO NOT DIE!
5) Praying to God does help…!
Trust me, this is one thing that works all the time. Pray to Allah every day and every night before exams. Munnat hi maang lo, for God’s Sake! Trust Allah for He will grant everyone’s wish, especially of the believers who ask of His Help.
6) Start planning for a Re-Test just in case…!
If you think you have literally failed your exams and you start believing that your prediction might turn up true, then consider a re-test. Discuss this with your parents and explain to them how you have failed to live up to their expectations and how you want another chance at making them proud. And never, EVER throw or sell your books before results, you might need them in case you fail the examinations and want to retry. And apply before the deadline! You don’t want to be late.
7) Aunty Ko Fresh Karao…!
Start cheesing up to your parents and other family members and become their favorite just in case you might need to win a sympathy vote in the end. Because the more you cheese up to your mum, the less chances will be for you to end up with a chittar (slap) mark on your face.
Just one more thing before I end this article. Never give up, and keep striving hard for a better future, because Winnie The Pooh finally gets the Honey (or Hunny, as Winnie says) from the Honey Pot. This is Tabassum signing off. See you at the billboards.