The question is big; the answer, huge. I remember what I did the night before the entry test; I saw two movies. And well, my merit number, trust me, you don’t want to know. That is exactly the reason why I would advise you not to watch two movies before the precious hours of your life that will literally determine your future.
Do not, in any case think about picking up your books and “preparing” for the test. If you do that, I assure you, you will only end up ruining it (test). The topics covered in the test are humungous; impossible to revise (in case you are not superman). Your parents, elder brothers, sisters; basically everyone would advise you to be superman, but deep down inside, you know that you are not. You also know that these people (your family) are the best thing that ever happened to you. They have shown you the light when all torches ceased to exist, and at this point you are probably (I mean should be) thinking that I am being a little offensive when I ask you not to listen to the people that matter to you. Honestly, if I were you, I would have pulled you out of my computer screen, and beaten you up so bad that you would never consider writing another piece. But then again, I saw two movies, so I guess I should forgive you.
Tension is the last thing you want. Maybe you are the geek who looks at the world through ink, or maybe you are that person who considers technology (in this case the internet), as the best thing that ever happened to humanity when It comes to gaining information regarding preparation. You know, maybe you need to enjoy life a little more before your big day, maybe you are too old to be appearing for the test. Now, why I say that? The first thing you need to know about any entry test anywhere around the globe, is, that it is known as an aptitude*test. You cannot prepare for it, at least not the night before, no matter how hard you try. It is designed to make sure that only those who have paid attention at school for the past ten to twelve years are the only ones who get the top spot. And it’s not just the school, it’s about the will to achieve the greatest life has to offer, the will to be the best. If you don’t want the top spot, go try for admission someplace else, you will not get in.
You need to be relaxed, have a good night’s sleep. Do something you enjoy doing the most, maybe it’s the news, or that last novel by Dan Brown, or the newest Ferrari, or simply watching Maria Sharapova playing that awesome forehand… ah well, you get the picture (I’m sorry, I can’t help the girls getting bored here; maybe you can suggest a few things in the comments section). Anyway, I asked you not to watch two movies because you can watch three but only if it offers relaxation, do not stress yourself in anyway. All you need is belief in yourself.
Be sure what you want from life, I you want to work on a question the night before, here is the only question you should be worried about; “Is NUST really what you want?”, If the answer to that question is yes, trust me, you are going to get through.
I’m sorry if anything offended anyone. Its just free advice anyway, kind of what Amir Khan was good at giving in the famous three idiots (though I’m not even close to their standards); you can take it, or reject it entirely. Whatever you do, do not end up somewhere in between. Just for a moment, look at life as black and white, there is no grey when it comes to your future, especially when you want to be a part of NUST.
I don’t think I need to tell anyone that I am not a nerd. I am just a regular guy with regular thoughts who regularly happened to be a part of this prestigious institute. And just to boast about myself a bit (which is to obviously convince you about my point of view), I was appointed as the NUST Student Representative (NSR) by the college administration in 2010 (so please do not regard this as complete stupidity). The choices you make will determine what you become; choose wisely. That is all I have to say.
Syed Talid Haider
Republished with permission from Irnustian.