A lot of speculation has been made on why a rapidly growing number of Nepali youth prefer to pursue further studies abroad over enrolling themselves into the universities and colleges in Nepal itself. Many blame it on the Cambridge A level courses- a recent fascination among the Nepali students. I won’t deny that it does have a hand in the increasing flow of students going outside the country, but as a recently graduated A level student myself, let me tell you that from my experience, it is worth all the attention it’s been garnering.

I don’t think I will have to go in depth about the myriad of academic benefits of being an A level student. They have already been profusely advertised. Most of you already know that as it is a qualification with worldwide recognition, it gives immense global exposure to students. Yes, global exposure might translate into students not exploring options in Nepal, but is it really that bad that teens like us are getting to broaden the extent of our knowledge on an international level? Also, contrary to the beliefs of many that A level students cannot choose to do their undergraduate studies in Nepal, those who have decided to study inside the country are doing well too.

If you decide wisely on the combination of subjects you want to study for your A levels, you will definitely have an interesting and-mind stimulating two years despite the demanding rigor of the courses. More than your memorizing capability you need to put your common sense and analytical strength to use—certainly one of the real selling points of A levels. Another appeal of A levels for many students (including me) is probably the fact that we don’t have to study Nepali as a subject. Phew!

All in all, taking A levels will prove to be a wise decision for students who want to gain a proper exposure and at the same time challenge their minds without the fear of toiling. Also, after this myth buster, I hope readers will learn that A levels really aren’t that bad after all.