"Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet."

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Chirag Jain


The Story

Undergraduation is a major transition in the life of a student. From school, where you have to ask permission to enter a class, go to the washroom, or in some cases even to drink water, to college, where even attending one class a day is a difficult choice. You never know what chaotic shenanigans you're going to get up to every day in college. Beyond that, engineering is a crazy choice and I mean CRAZY. If you think it's easy, a lovely walk in the park, you're probably not doing it right. What, you don't believe me? Here's a little description of a day in my shoes that might just change your mind.I must confess, though. I intended for this to be a vlog. However, since I lack a vlog-worthy face, a vlog-worthy voice and a vlog-worthy
everything, it's going to sit here in this blog instead.

Before I can start, though, let's set the scene.
⦁ College Name: ABC Institute of Technology (Is it the real name? No. Obviously.)
⦁ Location: A region where Bear Grylls shot his first episode of Man Vs Wild and then later the government decided to set up a college. It is unknown whether or not the former is related to the latter. It's an alright place, the WiFi is solid, which is pretty much all I care about.
⦁ Campus Type: Rural
⦁ Specialization: Chemical Engineering

Alrighty, that's all the boring stuff out of the way. To the story!

8 o'clock in the morning. Class starts at 9. Logically, I should wake up, do the... needful and have breakfast and whatnot so I can reach class on time. Even more logically, studies are best done when you are well rested, right? It would be best to sleep for ten more minutes or so. Naturally, I actually get out of bed at 8:45. Immediately, I throw some (hopefully) clean clothes on and run to the canteen, with my friends. Quickly grab whatever's there and proceed to sprint to the lecture hall. Half-asleep, half-starving, I zone out completely. I'm fairly certain my brain cells are dying due to the lack of food and/or sleep, but that's okay since I wasn't using them anyway.

Ah, class. Four of them in a row, 55 minutes each with a 5 minute break in between. My friends and I make sure to pay attention in class, concentrating on every word that comes out of the professor's mouth. We ensure that these words go in one ear, and are immediately ejected out the other. It's far more important to learn about the latest memes and tech trends, and also to plan our next hangout. Fortunately, first year is mostly theoretical, so just copying other people's notes works well enough whenit comes to exams.

Then - lunch. A blessed time, when we get to rest and taste the fantastic canteen food. Food so good, in fact, that after eating, sometimes my stomach will send it back to my mouth just so I can taste it again. Delicious. Fortunately, the food is fairly edible, though tasteless. On the other hand, home-cooked food has never tasted better, let me tell you that much.

Lunch ends at 2:00. Immediately after, we have our labs and tutorials. Labs are great fun. Actually getting into the subjects that we're studying. Also, tutorial classes with the seniors are always a chaotic yet pleasant experience. They often end up being significantly more educational than the actual classes taught by the professors. As it turns out, having knowledge of a subject is not indicative of an ability to teach, who would have guessed?

At long last, the sun sets and the day ends. It's 6 o'clock and we're set free. Thankfully, we're still full of youthful energy and inspiration to change the world! Well... did you like that little joke? I did. Anyway, we're basically husks after a day of college. Acting only on our primal urges, we obtain snacks and flop into some poor guy's room and proceed to complain about the day. This goes on until dinner, at which point we head to the canteen for one last meal. After that, we split up and slog through the piles of assignments and journals we have to write for the next day. Occasionally even slipping in a call to the parents, or more
importantly, a special someone. Generally, I pass out by 1:00 AM, after giving up all hope of the assignments ever ending. Well, at least we have the weekends.


Sure, my college life is pretty boring. There's nowhere to go, I'm in a rural campus. Perhaps you're a city lad and you can do fun city things. What's important to note is that there must be balance. Don't let the good times fill your plate, because you've got to do the hard stuff to improve yourself. I'm not saying don't have fun, I'm saying set yourself up for the future while also having fun. That's a little wisdom from an engineering student, and I hope this gives you a peek into my life.


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Suzana John

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