Friday, November 14, 2014

The Worst Year of My Student Life – Part 1

Joining a prep school

All the students from our grade that opted for the entrance exam preparatory program were to be put in a separate class. We were the smart ones you see. We were studying to become the CEO's of tomorrow.

The teachers from the preparatory school would teach us Maths, Physics and Chemistry. For the other subjects we would have teachers from the school.

The first few days were fine, because the subject matter really challenged me as a student. The students in my class were some of the smartest kids in our grade. So competition was high.

And then it Happened!

But after that, things went all helter skelter. Suddenly I could not pick up what the teacher was explaining. There were too many complex terms being used, and I had no idea what they meant. The professor had assumed the students were aware of these terms. But I was one of those students with lots of unanswered questions from Junior and Middle School. I hoped I was not the only one. Science and Maths are subjects where you really have to understand the basics to understand other concepts. If you do not do this, it will be hard to understand and pick up future concepts. I was in this position. But I still taught I was a good student!

Some days, I would nod my head, though I did not understand a single thing. I just wanted to get through the day without being embarrassed by anybody, for being too stupid.

But this could not go on forever.

One day, I was asked a question in class. I did not understand the subject matter that was explained that day. So I stood up and gave the professor, an answer, I was not sure about. The professor thought I was goofing around, wasting time and not listening in class. So he started pointing things out about how I was such a horrible student and a horrible human being. I was worth nothing.

All these incidents in class affected me emotionally. I did not know what to do. I did not know who to speak to. The world seemed like a really bad place to be in.

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