The weather is quite wonderful, and I hope all the AM&M readers have had a good day.
This post describes the pain and sufferings of fellow students who have sacrificed themselves to professional courses..
Education – What does this word mean ? Is it the broadening of mindset of people ? Or is it just about mugging up theories ? Or is it just about getting a Degree ? I think it would be unwise for me to tread upon the field of ‘defining’ words which people much more experienced and intelligent than me have failed at.
I, a person like any other, am a victim of this dilapidated system of ‘selling’ degrees.
Sometimes it seems like I didn’t chose the correct paths towards my goals. For example, signing up for the Company Secretaryship (CS) course. As stupid as it may sound, I went ahead with this decision just because I had too much time to spare ! On one of those ‘vella’ days, when I was killing time with a few friends, me and a couple of my friends (namely Deepak and Vikas, both brothers) suddenly decided to do CS ! Most of the people I knew had registered themselves for Chartered Accountancy (CA) like a herd of cattle, but I had decided pretty earlier that at NO COST will I be getting into that torturous CA course. (Yeah, many morons had suggested that CS was an easy course which it obviously ISN’T).
College was never much of a tension as I am in one of those colleges where co-curricular activities are given more importance and attendance is not at all required ! Rather, we go to college only when we have some exam, which are insignificant (infact, I have one tomorrow too !). The only ones that matter are the University Exams. And I manage to get pretty good scores at them too !
So we went ahead with the idea and got ourselves enrolled (read ‘entrapped’) at the Institute for Company Secretaries of India – ICSI. Things went pretty smooth at first. We only had to get tuitions for the Law subject and the Foundation Exam passed like a cool breeze of air. All of us (me and my friends) passed with flying scores and we couldn’t have been more satisfied. But who knew that ahead of the ‘cool breeze’, a Thunder Storm was waiting for us !
All thoughts of leisure vanished as we came to know that we had to get ourselves registered for the Executive stage of the course for the very next day, and that tuitions were to begin from the coming week itself !! Imagine the mental harassment !! Not being contempt with the already hectic schedule, I decided to get to know about the Stock Market first hand, which only added up to the heap of tensions..
However, tuitions began.. We had expected atleast to see a few pretty faces (c’mon, we all expect to meet pretty girls at tuitions ! ) but things turned out pretty opposite, so we had to contemplate with just our books, tuition professor, ever-questioning students, and boredom.. I still often find myself falling asleep on my books and actually starting to dream ! And I am not the only one experiencing this . Although things have much improved and we really enjoy our Law and Tax classes (Thanks to Amit Bachhawat for Law) whereas the Cost class continues to be as boring as before.. (A detailed post on our Tuition Classes will be coming up soon on this blog).
Inorder to reach tuition, we usually take Auto-rickshaws (we often have to fight wars to get on one from Phoolbagan, other students would agree) and the drivers drive as if they were on some Formula 1 track ! Many of them have got seriously *rocking* music systems installed (\m/) but continue to play the most boring heart-broken soup songs from the 80s and 90s.. Sometimes we also take shuttles which is like a shared cab.. After that, we get brain-licked right from 10 a.m – 5 p.m (sometimes, for longer hours).. Lunch has become a thing of the past. Coming back home, I usually sleep off the tiredness, so I am also very much depraved of my once fabulous social life..
One of the many specialities of professional course tuitions are that they are never off (except on Saraswati Puja and other such rare lucky occasions) ! If there’s a flood, we have to swim to it. If there’s a storm, we have to ‘fly’ to it. If there’s an earthquake, still doesn’t matter. For heaven’s sake, they kept classes even on Republic Day !!!! Traitors !!!! Be it the scorching summers, rainy monsoons or chilling winters, we are always running on the street from one tuition to another..
College Exams are only 3 months away (Yes, contrary to all myths, we HAVE to study our asses off for college exams) and CS exams only a month after that. Adding more terror to the situation is the fact that we will be having Mathematics (my nemesis since birth) in our Second Year university exam too !! I had been given false hopes that we have to suffer mathematics only for one year in college (may those people rot in hell). We haven’t even started with our revisions and I am pretty much sure that at present condition, I won’t be able to solve even the most basic Accountancy sum. But then, amidst all this ‘bhaagam-bhag’ where do we get time to revise ?! All hopes rest on that Almighty God (as always). Moreover, CS results are being highly regulated since the past couple of years, so it’s not really going to be a cake walk for us. CS students usually passed easily before but now there are lesser students passing in CS than CA ! Once again, a KLPD (hope you all know the meaning).
But things are about to get better as we have pledged to pour our hearts into revisions (hopefully) and pay full attention in coming classes. (P.S : some really pretty girls have turned up in tuitions too )
So, if you ever think that the life of a professional course student is easy or lacks hardships and struggles, slap yourself !
Meanwhile, I heartily congratulate my friends who have succeeded to CA Finals passing the IPCC exam (though the results were quite generous). I congratulate them on the success of their hard work and sincerity and wish them all the best for future !