The night before the exam is the most important and crucial. This is directly proportional to the performance tomorrow. I am writing this post on 22nd Jan 2022 (a day before the CEED/UCEED exam) to not boost your confidence. Because the harsh truth is only a few of you would get the opportunity to get through the entrance exam. But, I am writing a letter to your future self to come back tomorrow and read this whenever he/she is stuck and demotivated. I'll not say all the best for the exam because I believe that you don't need your best to crack this exam. You need your calmer and controlled self to crack this exam! Once you achieve that you'll enjoy the exam tomorrow.
So, go and have fun tomorrow!🎉
Dear future self,👋
I know a lot is going on in your mind right now. And you must be feeling standing at a crossroads. I want you to take a deep breath and look back at how you have reached here.
What a roller coaster ride this has been. When you thought of appearing in the design exams, little did you know that this would be such an interesting, crazy, fun, boring, unexpected, frustrating, and intriguing journey?
My dear Self, tomorrow (now, it was 23rd Jan for you) is the day when everything gets over. Despite all the excitement, self-doubts, learning, and unlearning, I am on my way to making my dreams come true.
Solving Part-A puzzles and riddles, I realized how inquisitive and curious a mind can find a solution to the most difficult problems. All I have to do is change my perspective whenever I am stuck. Solving Part-B I learned that consistency and practice can bring out an artist (even in a person like me).
Thousands of students would be sitting in the exam tomorrow despite the pandemic situation in the country, and I would be one of them. The sad truth is everyone would be competing for a handful of seats. But, whatever happens, tomorrow would be a liberating day for me. In these last few months of preparation, I have realized that I will not become a designer by just working in the industry as a "designer", I am a designer of my life, career, and relationships. Whatever I do in my life post-exam, I'll be a designer in my profession, mindset, and attitude. 🚀
Dear Self, I am writing this letter to tell you that I have no regrets, anxiety, or fear about my future anymore. I am happy I had the opportunity to look at things from a new perspective. I'll continue my upskilling and self-learning journey despite the result tomorrow.
So, my dear Self, do not be bogged down by the marks, performance, or number of seats in the college. Just remember that nobody can take your learnings from you. Whatever had to happen is over, and the present is yours. Be grateful to everyone who was with you on this enriching journey. I know you have become a better version of yourself. And, I am sure you'll do great in the future. Because I know you have got what it takes to be successful.
Your Pre-Exam Self
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Wow!! This was awesome!!! I m in 11th now preparing for NID and UCEED 2022-2023. The that I can most relate to is the change in perspective. The way I look at things has completely changed from the past one year. Everything appears like a story, even the simplest thing looks aesthetic. Small moments, things and random people feel very important. Indeed just started preparing for this and it has done wonders to the way I think. I m not the same person anymore. I am a bit worried about the very less no of seats for any college, but reading this has made be comfortable. it felt nice and better after reading this.... <3333
dear future self,
to you, who's learning to listen to "the sea that sings inside you". you have grown a lot. could you even imagine reaching at such a stage in life before? even if things don't go as planned, you know you're following your dreams. you're more curious and involved with life now, and you know that failure in any sort of exam cannot stop you from achieving your dreams. keep growing, more and more, and at your own pace, just like plants. you know that plants grow based on the size of their pots right? so don't go after fitting into a pot and just plant yourself on the ground and keep growing till the last of your breath. "where there is hope, there are trials", and you will overcome all your trials. all your dreams, small or big, everything will "end in full bloom".