Don’t let the digits on your score card rule your inner strength and passion, says advisor Edulaunchers
Today CBSE announced class XII results, the announcement brought with it a mix of emotions
moments of joy, exhilaration, disappointment, regret. Amidst all the mix bag of emotions, I am
reminded of a beautiful letter that caught my attention some time back, a letter that teachers of Blue
Lake Elementary School, Florida wrote to their students and parents. The most important was the
finishing line that read – “The scores you will get from this test will tell you something, but they
will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! You are
enough! You are the light that brightens my day! So while you are preparing for this test and
while you are in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all the amazing and
awesome things that make you YOU!”
As a student advisor and a parent I always remind myself and my patrons of the same. Life and
career are never defined by one success or failure.
So while the score card is important to get you into a dream brand institute. It surely is not a measure
of your aptitude, therefore there are many institutions that are making a move towards entrance
exams and the student’s profile as a basis for selection.
Employer’s value the 21 st century skills of ideation, creation, collaboration and communication, that
are now forming an essential part of any and all vocational and academic training.
As, Howard Gardner (1980’s) an American developmental psychologist from Harvard identified that
each one of us has wide range of multiple intelligences that no single number can ever define who we
are. One could be talented in music, math, languages, and interpersonal skills and so on, and it is the
combination of these that makes each one of us. Thus confirming that everyone has an area of
excellence. So, get up pull out that notebook and jot down the things you are good at or visit an
expert for an aptitude test. That will assist you to identify your strength in black and white, and offer
expert unbiased support and guidance to explore the possible career options. Always have a plan B,
C or D if necessary then the digits on the score card will not haunt you!
Quote: As A.J.Kalam quotes “Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I
cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the
ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. —”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India