My Two Cents On The CIE Results And Its Aftermath

A few days back, the CIE results came out. For the uninformed, CIE stands for Cambridge International Examinations. They are the main examination body behind the #GCE O-Levels and A-Levels exams.

Every year around, the month of August comes with a lot of stress, emotions, and anxiousness for a number of students around the globe. Some are able to cope with it, while others simply give in to the pressure.

10 years ago, I sat for my A-Levels exams. I nearly flunked in my exams.

12 years ago, I sat for my O-Levels exams. I did well for an average kid.

8 years ago, I entered Bahria University – Official to get done with my Bachelors. I left Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology because I was a complete misfit. 2 weeks on, I could not cope with what was happening around. I left and decided to pursue something that would fit my persona. I had to face a lot of backlash from people close to me.

Why not IBA – Institute of Business Administration? Even after securing the admission?

Why not Szabist Karachi?

Why not Institute of Business Management?

Why Bahria University – Karachi Campus?

I kept it quite. I knew it was useless to speak and explain. I knew it would never help me and would only distract me from the real goal I had in my mind. I kept going. I left the excess baggage behind me and kept on going forward. I had no other choice. 4 years later, it all paid off. I graduated with Honors (If being on the Rector’s Honor’s List for 3 consecutive years means something, then YAYY ME!) and came out a better individual. How do I know that? I didn’t bother asking the society about their opinion. 🙂 Along the way, I met friends, family, enemies, love, hate, stress, depression, joy, laughter, professors, lecturers, and some very remarkable teachers. I believe I did well.

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After being accepted at Karachi School of Business & Leadership – KSBL and LUMS, and a few other international universities, I thought it was only fitting to stay here and pursue further studies. Why burden yourself and your family with something that is not going to help you build upon your skills much? So I decided to stay here and pursue my Master’s from SZABIST. I did do well. For myself, I did really well. This was back in 2015.

Today, by the grace of God, I am 28 and I am well on my way to pursuing my dreams. 🙂

Fortunately, for me, my grades could not stop me. Yes, just like I left them behind some 10 years ago, you’ll also have to leave them behind (Yeah, you just read past 10 years!).

Do not let these grades define you. They are nothing, but alphabets printed on a piece of paper. OK, an expensive paper. Yes, I know your parents invested a lot of money in your studies. And I know you are feeling bad about not being able to score what you wanted to score or what your parents expected you to score or what your cousins scored and you were unable to score. It won’t matter.

If you are scared that your parents are going to compare your grades to that of Hunain Zia, please ask them this question: Hunain wants to work towards providing free education to masses. Good. Bravo. Fabulous. And he is playing an important part in the field of education. But as an opinion, let’s see. Hunain appeared in more than 50 papers (O and A Levels combined). That means he paid more than Rs. 1.8 Million (around 20 Lakhs) for the papers. He could have easily used that money to get into a partnership with The Citizens Foundation or Alif Ailaan and helped more than a dozen of kids get quality education.

But I guess records are more important.

After all, records help you get accepted at a prestigious university like Cambridge University. You even score a scholarship. And then come back to run a Facebook page to rant out your views. Or you go to an Australian University, like University of Melbourne, because you scored 87 A’s and someone forgot to tell you that you could have easily gone to the same university with 9 C’s. But that won’t give you your seven minutes of fame. If you are wondering, I am talking about Ali Moeen Nawazish and Haroon Tariq. So it is completely useless to compare yourself to them.

My Two Cents to The Students:

If you want to destroy the rest of your life, keep indulging in this result of yours. Get it framed and hang it up in your room. Or, you can get up and start preparing for your life ahead. Most of you would have already scored an admission in different universities. Great for you all! Now forget that you scored 9 A*’s or 5 C’s. It won’t matter a bit. These might help you pass a few of the subjects in your university education, but they won’t help you score much in your life ahead. If only Bill Gates had indulged in the grades he scored in his school. Stop drooling over your high grades or crying over your low scores. It will not help you. Move on. Keep moving. Keep your head high and your spirit strong. In 10 years’ time, these results will not make any sense to you. They might come up when your kids start going to school, but I am sure, by then you would be a success.

Keep moving.

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