“My daughter recently appeared for her class 12th board examination. She scored an average of 87% which was less than what she had expected. Now, she is appearing in different entrance exams for her higher studies. Not knowing where exactly she will be able to get a seat, we’ve asked her to apply to almost all 20 institutions in our city Pune and another 10 in Mumbai. Though she works hard, I’ve seen her remaining silent all these days. She hardly comes out of her room and remains under stress for most of the time. She is even unable to sleep properly. I am really worried, not about her career or admission, but for her health and changing behavior,” says Mrs. Roshini, a concerned mother of 17 year young Anisha.
With a few good quality institutions having proven track record, competition for those limited seats has created undue pressure on youngsters and their families. The blaming list is long – government’s apathy, poor education system, improper facilities, poor knowledge or weak performance of faculty, etc., but we cannot deny the harsh reality.
It’s not always the failure that forces students to get disconnected with positive energies of life. Often it is the fear of failure, peer pressure, lack of proper support and our unrealistic expectations which leads to stress and extreme levels of anxiety in students. Adults play a very important role in a student’s life, especially when he/she is dealing with such a challenging eco-system.
Educators and Parents have an important role to play here. Instead of forcing unrealistic expectations, demands, and choices on youngsters, we must join hands to provide an energizing & supporting environment. This greatly affects their performance in various aspects of their life. They will understand that the college they attend, marks they score in exam etc. cannot decide their ability, knowledge, and future. Let them lead their life with confidence, ease and calmness with self-decided goals.
Help them cope up with this system by adopting Saral Education concept of “self-driven learning & life”. Once they are connected with Universal energy and are aware of their potential, they will tend to:
1. Prepare and plan their days to avoid last minute reactions.
2. Understand the value of good sleep, junk-free and sugar-free diet and healthy lifestyle.
3. Dedicate time to develop focus and concentration on chosen field of study & work.
4. Self-assess unsatisfactory results of their effort & skill gaps to be filled.
5. Seek support & guidance from experienced adults in their trusted network.
6. Avoid undue influence of peer-group and explore a non-traditional career path they are interested in.
Under all circumstances, listening, spending quality time, understanding, discussing obstacles and accepting the imperfect nature of humans are great tools to help youngsters re-energize. Only when we sincerely try putting ourselves in youth’s shoes, we can win their trust and equip them to succeed!
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