The Glorious Life Of An Engineering Undergrad


Hi! *tiny wave*

Guess what happened? Just guess. Take a wild swing in any direction.

Okay, I’ll give you a hint.

Yes, you guessed it. God, you’re so smart. I got my paycheck yesterday (not exactly the first, but money from someone else’s bank account is always welcome!)

My boss is a very good man (no, I’m not being sarcastic), and this I can say because he put in an added bonus in my paycheck because I received the salary some two weeks later than the usual date. Now I understand what they say about good things coming to those who wait ūüėČ

Most of you probably don’t know about the job because I conveniently forgot to share that info with you (college work, you can’t blame me), so allow me to explain:

I got hired as a content writer at Weaving Thoughts, ¬†way back in April, which coincidentally, was also my mother’s birthday.

So, yay! ūüėÄ

—-End of news—

Moving on.

It’s June. Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Honestly, this month just stretches itself. Thirty days of June just do not seem to end, usually. This year, despite exams and vacations and even a job, was no different. June just doesn’t end.

Until it does.

If I remember correctly, I promised you guys I’ll be discussing a lot of things that might interest you, and you know me: I don’t break my promises.

So.

Let’s just get right into the murky life of an engineering student. This idea isn’t entirely mine, so I’m not going to take credit for this. It’s the brainchild of someone who, I’m sure, feels very strongly about it. I’ll thank him from your side, don’t worry.

Are you ready? Let’s go:

1. Back-up plan and extreme disinterest.

For over forty percent of the students, being an engineer is usually their backup plan. The so-called Plan B, the thing you turn to when 1) you run out of options, or 2) your parents wouldn’t hear of anything else, or even 3) when you just make whatever choice you want without thinking about it.

Especially in India, engineering is quickly turning out to be something¬†everyone does these days, for no damn reason whatsoever. It’s easy, there are always tons and tons of engineering colleges willing to take you in, and of course, it is ‘acceptable’ by our amazingly hypocritical ‘society’.

So, yeah.

2. Endless work

This fact is something I can vouch up and down for. Seriously, cross my heart and hope to die.

If you’re an engineering undergrad, the¬†work just never ends.¬†A million assignments, all repetitive, and to solve them with little or no help at all–may the Lord be with you, my friend.

But then again, it largely depends upon how well or how badly you deal with the situation. If you are going to grumble and complain about the work being too much, then you waste quite a lot of time doing the complaining, which would have otherwise been put into actually doing the work.

Your call, really. Hard work is one thing, boring work is another. Personally, I’d pick hard work, because boring isn’t much of a choice.

3. Weird stuff and subjects.

Every semester, there shall be at least a bunch of subjects that you look at and think,¬†‘can somebody just please tell me what language this is?’

I’m not joking, I swear. I’ve endured only two semesters till now, and speaking from personal experience, this is going to happen¬†a lot¬†in the wonderfully-confusing-but-manageable eight semesters that you spend in an engineering class.

Prepare to be surprised (or shocked).

You’re the pumpkin here, my friend.

4. Culture shocks & mistaken identities

The biggest downer of being in an engineering class is that there is absolutely zero like-mindedness.¬†In a class of forty, you would never meet or interact with someone who immediately makes you think ‘Oh, you are just like me’.

No. That will not happen.

The best deal you can get is to meet a bunch of people, and be able to connect with each of them on different levels.

Hence, be ready for tons for culture shocks, and bucket loads of wrong judgements. I don’t know if it is true for most professional courses or not, but people tend to withdraw from social interactions at large.

Engineering, like I’ve said, is just something every third person pursues, but for different reasons. I chose it because my mother didn’t quite appreciate the idea of pursuing language, but there are many of my classmates who genuinely wanted to get into engineering.

Every one has a different story. And as far as I’ve seen, they’re very proud of it.

5. Clay in your hands, really.

I don’t know whether my classmates would agree with me on this or not, but I think that while you’re an engineering student, a lot of things that used to be compulsory in school suddenly turn optional.

Hard work? Optional. Attending classes? Your call, buddy. Assignments? God, please stop making me laugh.

So, yeah. It’s a bit more relaxed curriculum if you consider the deadlines and stuff, but then again, in a country like ours, everything boils down to one thing,¬†and one thing only:¬†the marks you score on a piece of paper.

This crap piece of paper that is handed out to you at the end of every semester, is what dictates how others will see you and your time at college. If you score well, it does not matter at all whether you actually learned anything in the past three months or not.

And if, because some reason or the other (even if it is beyond your control), you do not do as well as you probably would have, it is Terminator for you, man. Every aunty, uncle, cousin, and mostly every damn relative you ever had will¬†call you up¬†and enquire about your result, and why it didn’t turn out as great as it should have.

So, in the end, while you do get more choices in some situations, the basic crux of the story remains the same: your result determines how capable you are, notwithstanding anything else at all.

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Oh-Kay.

Yeah, that’s how glorious the life of an engineering undergraduate is.

Mind you, this is coming from someone who¬†didn’t choose this stream by choice, but I shall go out on a limb here and say that even those who¬†did¬†choose engineering according¬†their own free will, would agree to these.

The back story of every student is more or less the same, or so I think.

Let me know if you agree, or even disagree. If you’re a fellow engineering student, my heart goes out to you, really. It’s not an easy thing, but hey, nothing ever is.

Also, never do this:

You will not remember it the moment this class ends.

Okay, so I’m off. I leave for a three-day holiday on Thursday, so see you once I’m back. Up next, I discuss my top-secret quirks that nobody knows about, or so I like to think.

Meanwhile, you go do whatever makes you happy. Honestly, it is now, or it’s never.

Love,

Snigdha

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