These are exam times and most of the XII standard students must be done with their board exams. XII standard is a crucial juncture in one’s studies and career. It is their last lap in school education and first step towards the fascinating world of higher education. One may be excited and at the same time have many apprehensions, when they step out of the school world; and rightly so, because university education is quite different from what they have experienced at their schools.
A University degree programme comes with many more degrees of freedom than a school. Most of the modern-day universities give you freedom to choose what to wear (good-bye to boring school uniforms); where to sit in classrooms (unlike fixed seats as in most of the schools); whether to attend all classes or not (of course, good universities require you to maintain some minimum attendance); and courses & electives and so on. However, all this freedom comes with an increased responsibility on the students’ part. When the students have choices, they need to decide and take ownership of the consequences of their decisions.