It’s that time again where the pen meets the blank paper. Where the fingers press the keys. This is a definitive moment in any students life, as exams are just around the corner. Whether you are cramming the last chapter of your 800 page book, or you are sifting through revision cards acquired months in advance. It does not matter how much preparation you have done prior to the exam, one factor remains a constant; nervousness.
To be nervous is perfectly natural, if not admired. As well as it showing that you have an actual emotional attachment, it shows that you are not some thoughtless and mindless drone, churned out of the education system; you have original thought. Original thought is a blessing. It is a symbol of Whig progression and an example of our own intelligence. Many would argue that this is not true. Scholars have recently suggested that every though that modern man makes has already been made before, ergo original thought is null and void. From this springs the argument that the education system is not actually doing its job. This is where protests meets sectaries.
I would only agree with this to an extent, but the fact that we are no longer original is so far off the truth. I can drone on about how we are all individuals, how examinations do not cater to our individual needs but that would be a waste of space (and time). Instead I will leave you with two thoughts.
One, the fact that we are individuals is great. Yes, you may suck at exams or coursework but do not hate yourself for this. If we were all the same, imagine how grey and dull the world would be. We are the individual strands that make up this rich tapestry called Earth. So don’t kick yourself the day before the exam because you have suddenly taken on a very nihilist approach to life. Think that you may not be that person who can write solidly for an hour, and that’s okay. You are the person that may become that diving instructor that lives in the Bahamas when the person that could write the exam is in a Office in Hull.
Secondly, this is not to say that those who ace the exam or who are confident about it should feel bad. Do not think that you are not individual. We are all required to make up humanity.
So, if you have an exam, I hope you can find solace in the fact that these exams may determine the next summer, or the next year of your life. But take pride in the fact that you are an individual. You will make mistakes. You will have achievements.
First and foremost, you will survive.