(For the previous post which led to this : Too weird to live , too rare to die B) )
Maybe I should write a post after all.
Maybe I should write a post after all.
|Is a strange thing.|
I really do not get all this hype about 12th standard at all. Peer pressure forces me to shriek 'I am in twelfth' occasionally .But damn it , I really haven't got that feeling yet. So what is the hype all about? I don't even know! Is it about it being the last year in school or is it about the board exam/ mark / future part of it. Maybe it is both.
Maybe it is not.
Maybe it's an out and out fictional garb created by the PARENTS , so that they can cover their anxieties about our future with 'ours'.
Maybe I'm too thick skinned since I am a humanities student. Yes , I am a humanities student <3
Maybe I am using too many maybe's .
I am gonna reveal an open secret to every young reader out there. Never trust the elders when they say it gets easier. The biggest misconception lying around the corner is that 'work hard in tenth and get your group , eleventh will be a breeze' . Eleventh can be called a breeze when Chennai is covered in snow. In fact "11th standard is the toughest class for a science student , who has to learn a whole new lot of concepts and stuff", says one lad who is trying to clear that class for the past many years.
|This is another 'secret' :P|
For all those blissfully unaware of what I'm trying to convey , 'HUMANITIES' is a group or stream of subjects students pick in their 11th and 12th ok? It is like the science + bio you take for becoming doctors/ bio technologists/ lawyers/ architects and science + computer science you 'pick' to pursue engineering. Yes , you heard me right. People who aspire to become lawyers take pure science or commerce . I cannot help mentioning here that your normal law paper consists of the following subjects - economics , political science , history and sociology. All subjects found in the humanities stream.
So it is annoying when people say there is no scope in humanities. What can one really do if all the aspirants who ought to take it , instead pursue science/commerce to keep their options 'open'?
Maybe if I elucidate on the cool subjects we have , it would lure you in!
We have Psychology , You just cannot not bat your eyelids when you hear of this subject. Commonly associated with 'reading people's mind' , psychology teaches a lot more than that and is sure to make you a more mature individual. Beat this - we are currently having a lesson on all the psychological disorders that happen to people. In that one lesson , I get to see the one line stories of many Indian films . Anxiety , Schizophrenia , hypochondriasis , bi polar mood disorder. You name it ; we have it! There are a lot more sane cool things too - like illusions , perceptions etc etc.
History - Love it or hate it , you cannot ignore it! ( ok , it is an old line :P but that syncs with 'history'?' :D ) It is unbelievable that some find it boring and pointless :O Learning about completely new cultures and eras surely has its own aura. That too 11th syllabus covers exotic locations of ARABIA - the middle east :D , Mongolia , Greece and much more! Watching history films instead of drowning in the ocean called classroom is surely cooler ^_^
And the point i would like to particularly cover in this post - The correlation between the humanities section and 12th = none.
- Classrooms are still empty
- We still go for excursions :O
- We still keep eat during periods ; and sleep MORE.
- We are still BORED of doing nothing
- We still thrive on gossips and drama
- Teachers still give us FREE periods
- We still study last day
- WE still manage to have fun.
I mean the next worst thing after failing in twelfth and having to pay donation for the suckiest college.
I just re - read whatever I have written and realize that I have jumped from the issue of twelfth grade pressure to humanities discrimination quite easily :P However I do not want to remove these ramblings as they do have some semblance of content sticking to it.
Which is :
- Pressure in the twelfth year is a myth. Every grade in the Indian educational system has its own kind of pressure. What with KG children having to leave their mothers and primary ones having to carry backpacks bigger than their backs :O ( Maybe I should write an exclusive on this topic later :P )
- Humanities rocks. Booyah! to all the illiterates who still have the nerve to ask me the subjects I study. They are : History , Psychology , Sociology , English and Economics.
- Dumb kids pick subjects totally unrelated to their career path , to appease their parents.
- Never forget to have fun at any point in your life.