بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Dedicated to all those writing exams. Insha Allah y’all will do extremely well. Good luck with exams.
I walked into class to find all the girls swatting over their books and the boys who never seemed to bother about exams all gathered together playing cards. Alhamdulillah, I had a good memory so exams never bothered me. I would just open my book ten minutes before the paper to read through but would still manage to do well. Okay, my definition of doing well was not an A+, but anything above 70% is good enough for me. I guess you can’t really expect an A+ without studying.
As I never really bothered to study I would generally join the boys in their games but now it was out of the question. The reason why I generally never cared for exams had a lot to do with the fact that my parents weren’t strict and pushy when it came to exams. They had a sort of ‘if you fail it’s your embarrasment not mine’ attitude towards our results.
You may think this is a bad thing but I didn’t seee it that way. My mother didn’t chase behind me making me study and do my homework so it taught me to do my own work and study myself. My father didn’t threaten me about my results so the reason I respected him wasn’t one of fear. It’s scary how many of the students in my class are so afraid to show their parents their results. Alhamdulillah this wasn’t the case with me. If I am been given this opportunity of not caring and having no need to stress for exams I have to make full use of it right?!
Why should I give my best and waste my time and effort in something that was not going to benefit me. The subjects that were actually going to benefit me later in life like Islamic studies, I actually studied for but the other subjects that were of no benefit I made no effort to do well in. What is the use of it anyway? Ask someone a month after exams about what they learnt the previous exams and they can’t even rememebr anyway.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I actually have failed once but it’s not what you thinking. I failed by choice. I opened my arts and culture book before the exams to study and to my disgust found the first page filled with the musical instruments that different cultures and countries use. I questioned myself, how is this of any use to me? Islam has forbidden using and listening to musical instruments and here we studying about something Islam detests. I closed my book my book and didn’t study at all for that paper. I failed. I didn’t care. Not many people knew that I’d failed and those who did saw it as something trivial. Khalid was finished about it. He laughed and laughed and laughed like it was the joke of the century before trying to act serious and scold me that even he never fail an arts and culture paper in his life. He’s so silly, he just implied he failed as well, just not arts and culture.
I’m still in grade 8. I’m sure the workload will get heavier in the bigger grades and I might have to make more effort but I guess time will tell. For now I’ll just enjoy it. My memory is a great favour from Allah which I am eternally grateful for. Alhamdulillah.