Pumpkins with creepy faces, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and monsters— the last day of October is filled with things that give you the chills. While ordinary humans may wait for Halloween to feel the thrill of horror and nightmares, for students, it is a different story.
Many say, student life is filled with such nightmares that would make even vampires and Frankenstein’s monster weep. Though darkness, owls and skeletons may give out the Gothic vibe, they are nothing compared to the fears that arise at school.
Here are some things that students agree are scarier than the monsters of Halloween:
We all know this feeling when the day outside is beautiful or when the new episode of your favourite TV show is out and you are stuck behind a desk trying to complete an assignment that you just do not want to do.
Homework brings with it the terrors which leave you drowning and complaining about the sheer amount of work that must be done. Sometimes procrastination gets the better of you and you are left rushing through all assignments in a last minute frenzy. Sometimes, you forget your homework at home and the events that follow are highly unpleasant.
Although examinations do benefit individuals by giving them the drive to be competitive and work hard, there is a collective agreement among students that exams are the bane of school-life. For some, class tests and competitive papers are a treat, but a vast majority feel irksome at the very thought of sitting in one room for hours trying to answer questions that won’t really matter nor be remembered a year from that day. Some students fall into panic attacks, some try to keep calm and some simply give up.
3. Exam results:
Paranoid of monsters under the bed or clowns? Students laugh at the mere thought when they compare these to the anxiety and stress that builds up during the results time. Symptoms displayed include increased heart rates, crying and calling for an end to this constantly resurfacing traumatic experience of waiting for the scores. The fear of failure is a great plague among most students.
Those who manage to do well have to deal with the envious spite from their not-so-successful friends. Those who do not walk the path of embarrassment, guilt and a struggle for survival through chaotic emotions. Truly, meeting the spirits of Halloween cannot strike terror the way results do in students hearts.
4. Getting caught:
No matter how goody two-shoes one tries to be, there is always an instance in students’ lives when they break the rules. Although it is seems fun to bunk classes and get mischievous, getting caught in the process is one of the worst things that students experience. Students would argue that they would rather spend a night in a haunted mansion and be caught by ghosts than by a teacher while copying during a test.
5. Parent teacher meetings:
There has been no horror story on this planet that can simulate the terror a student feels when all the above points are spilled out in the open in a meeting between the parents and the teachers. This is worse when the student is standing right there with classmates and their parents waiting and listening in the same room.
“Your ward does not do homework”, says the teacher and the parent glares furiously at you. Some lucky students get away with decent reviews from the teachers. Others are not so lucky and the ‘parent-teacher-meeting’ takes its first victim for the horror show in which home and school lives collide.
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