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Dropout or Passout?

Updated on April 28, 2016
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I'm 15, and I write about things that interest me. International law, technology, and even Pokemon, sometimes. I'm just kidding, no Pokemon


Would you rather dropout or passout?

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The question....

My mother and father went to meet a few friends last week, and I tagged along for obvious reasons. After a few hours I was bored out of my brain(for obvious reasons), and the only time i regained a bit of my concentration was when a small discussion about schools led to a large argument about education, particularly the Indian education system. As is the trend with us teenagers, I listened to nothing. Later on, in the car I couldn't get the discussion out of my head. But my mind drifted towards one particular thing, The thing we kids dream of. To leave school.

What are the considerations?

Well, one consideration, quite obviously is that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etcetera etcetera did dropout. But is that a reason for us to dropout too? Another consideration is the complete lack of life skills taught in the average education system. But here's the rebuttal. What percentage of people did dropout and be successful? And as for what life skills are taught, how else are we going to learn to squeeze by notebook deadlines or bunking class at the absolute perfect time so the teacher doesn't catch us? Okay, maybe not the latter. Moving on....

The upside

Now, why would you want to dropout? Or rather, why wouldn't you? Dropping out has always been accompanied by a sense of freedom, by a sense of breaking the shackles. "Why live a safe life when you can be free as a bird?" is the attitude that you come across seeing a dropout. A certain disregard for the education system instills itself along with self confidence and a creative will. Dropouts have dreams outside of academics, outside the rigorous world of slogging through the school day, five days a week. This is a very potent combination. That, combined with nearly no peer pressure gives a dropout the best environment to become a very successful albeit offbeat person. and maybe thats why there have been so many success stories, so many successful entrepreneurs or sportsmen dropping out of school or college like there couldn't have been a flip side, a side effect.....

The flip side....

We've all heard of Cristiano Ronaldo, yes? But have we heard of a certain man named Pione Sisto? And he's not even that obscure, he plays in the Danish 1st division. As we go further down into the lower leagues, we will many of those who gave their all for their sport, but through a combination of bad luck and other factors, just never made it as big. Sure, dropping out maybe great to ease pressure off someone. But it is just as quick to pile it right back onto them. And this time its not their teachers, elders, or peers. Oh no, those were the ones they had convinced with their lectures about freedom. This time its themselves. They start having doubts about themselves. Who wouldn't? "Am I cut out for this?" "Do I have the capability to do this?" Will I ever be successful?", These are the questions dropouts begin to ask themselves only to ruin their own lives. Now, is peer pressure really all that bad? Is living a less risky life really that much of a greek tragedy? And lest we forget, there are those who cannot afford to take risks. We don't live in a perfect world, and there will always be issues. A budding inventor might be forced not to take risks because his mother needed money to get a surgery. Life can always throw a curveball, and those who did make it big are blessed with the luck to not have to make the decision to play it safe. After all, life is all about situations and right place, right time....

Situational decision making

I live in India, a country of contrasting colours, rich in culture and natural beauty but filled with poverty. In this case, can the rising poor actually take that big a risk? Isn't just getting an education a huge step for them? I think it all depends on their situation. I trust that people have enough common sense to know when to take what decision knowing its the right choice to have made. I also think that maybe sometimes people need a little help. And thats where the highly commercialised school environments fail to give the right advice. If someone really has the creative mind, and a clear idea of their future, I think it would not be wrong to let them go, to let them dropout. After all, it all revolves around...

Calculated Risk

Risking it all at any random time may not be the best way to go, and that is the common misconception that people have about dropouts. Granted, there are those who aimlessly dropout for fun or for lack of fun in school. But when it is a calculated risk to dropout, when the person is sure of their careers or at least has an idea that they love what they want to do, that might be a very good decision. After all, experience does matter. That hot headed failure in your 20's matters, those connections made and broken in your first try at networking matters, and if you get a head start, that's great. We are always good at that which we love doing, or at least strive to be the best, and that is why calculated risk is good. And in the words of a Dreamworks character, "If I go down in flames, so be it!! Ha ha!!!"

What it boils down to...

Everything boils down one single question. Now here is where it becomes an extremely subjective matter. It is simply a question of calculated risk or no risk. Should we go all in or maybe bide our time, make decent money and get out? And as subjective as it is, I cannot possibly have considered all the factors. At the beginning there was a poll, has your answer changed? Answer the second poll and we'll see! Do add any ideas or differences in opinion the comments section below. Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram whatever!!!


Did you reconsider your decision after reading this?

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      Advait Mani 19 months ago from Gurgaon.

      I know that. Thanks for your suggestion. Its just that I thought adding an unrelated picture would be kind of cheesy as there are not really any pictures I can put for this kind of a debatey topic. Thanks a lot for the comment anyway. My next blog will definitely have pics in it. Follow please!!!

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      Yash Kumar 19 months ago

      It's a very good and well written piece of work with a whole lot of thought provoking ideas. The only suggestion I can give to you is that u should consider adding a few pictures and videos for making it visually attractive as well. This would help you get more viewers and even in being a strong contender for the editors pick.