Modern myths are quite amusing really. The things people say to cover their asses. The problem is that people perceive too much, and sometimes, they just expect too much, perhaps from themselves or perhaps from others around them. A lot of times, we let others expect a lot from us, and instead of living up to the standards we set for ourselves, we live up to standards set by others. The sadness is that we are so engrossed in pleasing everyone else and listening to what they say, that we tend to ignore the little voice inside us that tells ue what WE want. In time, that little voice goes silent because you’ve stopped listening to it. Anyway, I’d rather not go off on a completely different train of thought here. I’ll stick with my original theme…modern myths. Here are a few of them…
- Companies have Upper Cutoffs as well as Lower Cutoffs in their written tests. To be honest, I don’t think this is true. Why would a company have a higher cut-off? Why would they want to deny themselves of the cream of students who appear for the candidacy for their job offerings? Someone once said that most people come up with the explanation of “upper cutoffs” because they can’t deal with the fact that they didn’t clear the “lower” cutoffs. To be honest, I don’t know what’s true. If I ever get into the HR Department of a company, I’ll be sure to let you know, though.
- The more additional sheets you take, the more marks you score. I don’t think this is true either. If at all anything, it acts as a placebo. Yes, there may be some few cases where a very lazy examiner may give marks to a paper that seems to be “heavier” (physically) than most others, but in general, I think we get the marks we deserve. The third year, first semester was one in which I had developed an intimate relationship with most subjects and enjoyed them. I scored higher than almost everyone that sem. This last sem, I disliked most subjects and never knew developed anything more than a polite acquaintancy with them. Having said that however, I seek not to undermine the importance of presentation in a paper. The neater you write, and the cleaner your diagrams, the more marks you are likely to fetch. Your paper’s evaluator may be in a bad mood, but a neat paper certainly does make its own impression.
- You get selected in companies if you don’t read for them. This is not a very common myth. In fact, I was just told this by a friend of mine who just came online who claims that Infosys is “that kind of company” in which you’ll never be selected if you prepare for it. I don’t see how this is possible. Perhaps a lot of students who “prepared” didn’t get selected but felt that others, who didn’t quite “prepare” as much as them, did. Again, it’s a case of sour grapes. Logically, I can’t see how preparation can harm your chances of success. Without preparation, all you have on your side is hope and luck. Be reasonable, people, and use some of that common sense that God gave you.
- I am not an alien, and my future plans do not include total domination by revolutionalizing the way people watch TV. I guarantee you that this is a myth. It is also the reason why I don’t discourage people from watching too much TV (you can never watch too much TV!) and listening to (c)rap songs (u can neva lisn 2 enuff hip-hop, dog!).