It was end of July in 2016 when I finally started my College journey. I was one of those guys who was eager to start his college life. Living on your own, making our life out of this and enjoying like anything. But I had no expectation because I got admitted to a private institute and that too in its secondary campus. But the stream/course was the only thing because of which I got enrolled which was Computer Science and Technology. Campus was not great, neither the college but I was excited anyway. I have always liked that quality in me.
For me, it none of the above. Those things never guided my thought process. For me these are thoughts that governed CSE -
And thus I decided to study Computers more. No rocket science, I liked it so I choose it. Moreover it was the thirst to know more and build more interesting application when I joined SRM. I was never a hardware guy, but deep down I still want to do a Electronics course and study the fundamentals of that as well.
Now back to college. SRM being one of the brand out there (yes money and marketing can do wonders), students from all around the country joined. The name of my Hostel was BH2(Boys Hostel 2), it was 3 sharing in a room with common washroom.
Over next few weeks, I had made some friends. Now the thing is India is a very dynamic country, from culture to food to personality. And it was pretty amazing to me, how each one of our personality was so heterogeneous in nature. We have done most of thing one can do is a hostel, from playing counter strike in LAN, Bursting Crackers in Diwali inside hostel, late-night maggies, last-night mugging things up, enquiries, scaring people at night in hostel, WWE after classes, boozing inside hostel rooms, heated discussions on who had played more games, prank calls, late-night entry in hostel, mostly everything. And we continued to do so after we moved to a flat outside hostel from 2nd year onwards. It reduced significantly but we used to go crazy often.
I was pretty focused on the Learning aspect of my Engineering years. And I did, but only the things that I could study online. I had a notion that none of the colleges in India teaches well enough. So basically it would either 0 or 1. And before getting enrolled I knew that SRM is a solid 0. But I was confident that I will be able to learn things on myself with the help of internet ofcourse. But what I didn't knew was that SRM was playing of the negative side of the scale. Yes, SRM was not even a 0, it was a solid -1, atleast my campus (Ramapuram).
Let me describe my scaling of colleges -
I had never though this would happen with me but yes, there was a point in time when I lost interest in Computer science and got off-path by distractions (no it was not drugs/alcohol). And believe me, when I say that for first few semesters I used to study and code on regular basis because I liked it.
Later when I realised what was happening, I got my shit together and started to work on my own projects again and I was back on track.
And to be honest, I have seen some good minds as well who got demotivated by college and this is not a very good scenario. The least one can do, or in this case SRM is at least being neutral. It is better not to teach anything, rather than teaching wrong concepts. I had spent 70% of my time in college sleeping. And learning things at home. I was lucky I knew they were teaching wrong thing. But I have seen my friends sincerely giving their attention to the class, and in return they used to learn the wrong concepts (unknowingly) and later they would get good marks because same faculties would evaluate the paper. But when applying concepts on computer they were not able to get their way through it.
More interesting stuffs about computers.
Learned that people don't need alcohol to dance/behave like one.
Being pro-active can have many rewards (implicit as well as explicit).
This quote is very very apt, which I used to refuse to believe before college -
You are the average of your friend circle.
So choose your friends wisely. I was lucky in this front, but have seen some good ones ruin their life.
You cannot motivate a person with no intrinsic thrive or vision.
Few weeks back, I officially graduated. Got my provisional degree and all. And I'm happy. Inspite SRM being not so good, I have no regrets with the 4 years that I've spent at SRM, Chennai.
I have learnt alot of things. Have done some crazy things that I'm proud of. My horizon of life expanded. And have gained some good friends for life.
Oh! I also got placed at a good startup. Cheers! 🍻