Recently, I got an opportunity to guide a bright student at our community learning center in Mumbai. A lot of school students get mentored here for various subjects. There was this particular girl who was quite confused on choosing her study field in college.
She got 90+ marks in science and mathematics, and everyone is after her to opt for science. But she wants to take up psychology and become a teacher. This reminded me of my college life.
I was extremely good at economics, marketing, and exports. I used to get good marks but I wasn’t interested to make a career in those fields. I was always interested in visual art and multimedia. I was good at economics, marketing, and exports but my love was for something else.
I’m glad that I pursued my career in visual art and multimedia. Although I wasn’t good at it earlier now I’m an expert — it’s all about passion.
I’ve observed that parents, teachers, counselors or friends often assume good marks in a particular subject as the first choice of the student.
But this isn’t necessarily true.
In my perspective, good marks are no parameter to judge a student’s study or career interest. We might have to go beyond marks and dig deep for the real thing.