What an immense pleasure I get, when I spend my time studying! The feeling of ‘a day well spent’ in the company of my books. The knowledge flowing out of them is free in the atmosphere, to be absorbed by your senses and assimilated by your intellect. Studying is not merely sitting with the books, reading your chapters and remembering them from an examination perspective. It is, in fact, learning something more in every single reading that you give to it.
While you read, you not only gain knowledge, but also the values hidden within. You may or may not remember the content of the book in long run, but you will always take along with you the values. Reading the content makes you knowledgeable, but grasping the values that follow, makes you wiser.
What studying has done more to me is that it keeps my mind fresh, positive and in active mode. Three hours of studying gives me much more sense of accomplishment than writing a three hours of examination. And, that doesn’t stop with the three hours; the brain continues to reflect on that study, subconsciously, for the coming hours. The quality of your study matters more than the quantity. ‘How well’ you studied is more important than ‘how much’ you studied.
Graduation and Post-Graduation might be a normal thing in today’s world. It will definitely earn you degrees, which then become your prerequisite qualification for your further studies or for acquiring a job. But is acquiring a degree enough?
Education should not be merely based upon degrees and certificates. Those are just qualifying criteria for formal administration. The real essence of education lies in its ability to bring about positive personal growth, increase in the intellectual level and wisdom, as well as the degree to which one can think in a broader and rational manner; all for the benefit of self and the society.
So, that’s what should be the aim of studying, not just to clear your examination and earn a degree, but to learn and educate yourself, and thus, implementing all the values that you acquire from it, in your day-to-day life.