The board examinations are finally over for 12th standard students, and with it, the trials and tribulations of sleepless nights, skipping movies/ TV and strict regimens, are done with. Relief is in store for them, what with a long vacation that promises boundless enjoyment. However, a cross-section of the students that City Express interacted with has chosen to be more pragmatic and focus on the avenues for their futures, in lieu of merely unwinding.
Nothing captures this better than the views of Rafath, a 12th standard student of St John’s School, Lakshmi Nagar. She states that she will doubtless want to enjoy the holidays, a much-needed break, with her friends, but it only be only for a few days. Her interest lying in the field of computers, she says she will spend time scouting for institutes that offer courses in the various branches of computing. “Animation has enthused me; I’d be keen on doing a course in it,” she adds. Keeping an eye on her future, Rafath adds that she would also start hunting for colleges in this regard.
Helping her mother in the household activities also figures in her scheme of things. “Cookery being one of my hobbies, I intend to help my mother in household cooking activities.”
Rafath’s classmate Pavithra is another student who seems to have set her sights firmly on her future. As she has studied commerce, she outlines that pursuing a bachelor’s degree in commerce and chartered accountancy are among her priorities. “I would like to enroll myself in nearby libraries and spend time studying, as a means of investment for the future.” Pavithra adds that she would utilise the time to explore her primary hobby, drawing, to the fullest during the vacations.
Here is yet another example of a student with a future-oriented mentaity. Vaishnavi, another 12th standard student, feels that the holidays to her imply “college research”. It is a degree in engineering that she will pursue, and with most colleges charging sky-rocketing course fees, Vaishnavi is deciding on a college that will help her get the degree without burning a deep hole in their parents’ pockets. A self-confessed bookworm, she says that she will spend most of her free time reading books.