Choosing one’s stream in 10+2 is a matter of great importance in any Indian student’s life. It is a decision not to be taken lightly and without deep thought and planning. Some of us however, mislead by the engineering/medical dream or simply coerced by our parents, opt for the Science stream. And regret it. This is what we go through.

1. You realize that you’ve made a horrible mistake in the very first class.

You took science because you thought you’d be like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

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But after the first class, you feel you’re going to be like Forrest Gump for the next two years.

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2. You don’t understand what happened to the “Physics” you knew so well.

Physics + “A Tonne of Really Complex Math” + “Really Abstract Concepts” = Nightmare

3. You don’t “bond” well with chemistry.

You thought chemistry would be like Potions classes in Harry Potter. It’s more like an endless barrage of complex theories and problems combined with practical classes that need the finesse of a bomb disposal expert.

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4. If you took biology, you start respecting doctors a lot more.

And start liking biology a lot less. They say the human mind has about 10 terabytes of storage space. By the end of Class 12 th , half of that capacity will be utilized.

5. Math goes from being “fun with numbers” to “what the fuck is happening right now?”

This is what math looks like till class 10 th .

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This is what math looks like in class 11 th .

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6. You come face to face with every teacher’s trade-mark “disappointed look.”

“Oh, so you don’t know Faraday’s Law… How will you get into a good college? *Mega Disappointed Look*

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7. The class geniuses and the I.I.T. / A.I.I.M.S. wannabes make you super nervous.

Teacher: “Who know the answer to this ques…”

Genius Boy/Girl: “SIR! ME, SIR! I KNOW SIR! I JUST CALCULATED THAT IN MY HEAD IN 2 SECONDS SIR!”

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8. As a result, your self esteem drops like a freaking meteor.

Your performance in class creates confidence issues in real life. You start wondering what you’re going to do with your life.

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9. But on the bright side, half of your classmates are equally clueless.

They made the same mistake as you. You build a bond of friendship with them that only hardship can forge.

You: “Bhai, yeh kya hai?”

Your friend: “Mujhe kya pata B.C?”

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10. You’re always jealous of your friends who wisely opted for commerce or humanities.

You lucky bastards…

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11. You consider changing your stream at least thrice during the first 6 months alone.

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12. Daydreaming becomes your favourite subject.

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13. Exams are typically very short affairs for you.

"Do I know this? Nope. This? Nope. Ah, I know this! I shall now spend half an hour making sure this is absolutely right."

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14. But hey, at least something good comes out of all this in the end.

If you’re someone who learns from their mistakes, you leave Science to the pros and Discovery Channel and set off for higher education more geared towards your own “weirdness.”

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein

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