Month: September 2013

DEADLINE SPREE

In soccer, nothing comes to life than the widely talked transfer window. During this period, there are some clubs that finalize the deal well before the deadline day or are at least left to consider other options. But other the past few years, no other individual has loved the deadline day signing spree than my supporting club’s manager Arsene Wenger. Best at keeping Arsenal fans (I’m included as well) hooked at the internet and leaving them to filter the rumours that could turn into reality, Wenger’s demeanor is annoying and at the same time a common practice among us. Particularly in retrospect, I find it amusing to feel that my school life has been heavily influenced by his parasitic deadline loving attitude.
It has been great to follow Wenger’s legacy as the sudden realization that the best time to complete a task is at the very last minute has produced noteworthy outcomes in my life. While these sorts of accomplishments may not be revered since the effort put into it has come in haste, I have enjoyed some instances of procrastination on my writing assignments to create a well appreciated work. For example, there has never been a time when I started my project work more than a week before the deadline. The story goes back some ten years back when I was in grade four that I first realized the true power of procrastination. My mathematics teacher had assigned a chart work during my Dashain and Tihar break and as always I had put it off until the very last when finally my brother and sister helped me to complete the homework. Then in the following years, I continued with my attitude and have been maintaining ever since (not too much to be proud of).
Even today, I put off works that need some writing to do from my part because it agitates my conscience and compels me to spend more time on the work which I find very troublesome. Since class nine, I had this habit of motivating myself to write at least one piece of essay or journal daily but have never ever been able to do so. Every time this occurs, I remind to keep up to my promise but in vain. It seems that procrastination is just an integral part that will continue to haunt me till the last piece of my work gets completed.
With the deadline day approaching, the paucity of alternative solutions circumscribed my body from distractions in completing my work and returned to my commitment mode. I was always taken back by surprise at how well my brain gets accustomed to the hasty but workable solutions. It is just so reliable, I presume.
It is plausible that the deadline day rush has handicapped me into applying for various organizations’ programs and I hate the parasite for ripping off my ambitions. It is even a shame to count the number of days on my calendar that went like this. The devotion to the lame excuses is disturbing as well. Every now and then, I keep up my spirits by promising to dump the deadline rush into the recycle bin.
I guess the deadline rush is common among us. There are cases when we rush to sort out the items for our shopping list or when we live sleepless nights just to submit a form to the authority. In some cases, it might work but it isn’t necessary that the same spell works twice.

It is only the matter of time that I and Wenger realize the drawbacks of going on a shopping spree and regret it later. I guess deadline rush is not that inspiring for you guys to adopt in your lives. Move forward with care is what I can give you as a suggestion (it is too hard for me to implement in my life at this instant). 

Pragmatic Learning

A year back, one of my friends was shocked when his brothers questioned on his use of course books’ knowledge in his daily life. They were in fact sharing a bitter truth of Nepal’s education system: students aren’t pragmatic enough to either implement their learnings in real life scenario or at least visualize using them in real life situations. I realized that it was a very harsh question and capable of demolishing one’s beliefs about the reason of their education.
Although you can criticize my judgement on this question, the implications that lie deep rooted in my mind has affected my conviction. I question myself: Do these classroom teachings play a pivotal role in leading me to where I want to stand in the future? Or should I spend on other areas that will prepare me to face real life situations like maintaining a genuine office etiquette or risks in real estate investment? It obviously seems philosophical but philosophy has no intervention in what I think.
The opposition may claim that the education that they have received hasn’t gone to waste. Their only reason is the satisfaction that they receive in knowing a little more of their world. Never in their life have they been questioned on the real role that academics has played to enhance their morale and bring them a step closer to realizing their dream. For example the students who claim to grasp a clear understanding of the formula for the pressure exerted  by the liquid on a container have never used it to measure the pressure exerted by the water at the bottom of the water tank in their home and in addition have not searched the significance of the result.
Does it then mean that these students have failed in their quest for the understanding of the real world? Obviously. Do I then consider myself a failure in academics? I hate to admit it, but yes. The answer then compelled me to overview the knowledge that I had been receiving. My finding: a regretted style of learning. Banal ways of letting my mind believe that all is well. A cul-de-sac path of a quest for understanding. Learning analogous to a butterfly incapable of rejoicing the fresh air and at the same time compelled to define its existence as transient. Learning where travelling Back to the Future is just a fantasy.

Can we go through these whole answers of regret but do nothing to improve the situation? Of course not. It is never too late to start a new beginning. Just be practical. Implement what you learn or at least motivate yourself to visualize your knowledge of surrounding and inspire others to follow your ideology. Understand the true quality of integrating academics into your daily life. Remember, the regrets are just a prologue to your life. You are the writer, write it carefully. Define a perfect you and make your education a worthwhile investment. Commence Chapter 1: An Insight into The Application of Course Materials in Real Situations.