“I’ve learned one thing, and that’s to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”
― Tom Petty
College, as they say, is the best phase of one’s life. The epoch of transformation from a teenager to an adult is what defines college. It transfigures us, teaches us, changes us and morphs us into mature beings . Each day brings with it lots of challenge and facing them independently prepares us for the future. Overall personality development, mental growth, emotional stability, balancing situations are the qualities that eventually build up and shows us the real us. Some staid, some happy, some funny, some upsetting moments complete the four years and time flies leaving behind just indelible memories. When we look upon them a big smile and little tears appear.
Our time in College can be put into FOUR slots:
FIRST YEAR: The happiest, funniest, craziest year. With loads of new faces all around, first year is full of life. Hanging out with friends, enjoying each moment with them. Supporting and trusting them always. But at the same time being serious as studies take an exponential curve from what was taught in school. Adjusting to the cool atmosphere of college takes about the first semester but then there is no hesitation in carrying ourselves independently and confidently. Failures doesn’t stop us and success we don’t brag about.
SECOND YEAR: It marks a little maturity and development. One starts judging and drawing fresh perspectives. Maintaining a good CGPA remains the most allured dream but studying one night before the exam is ultimately that one ends up doing. Ability to copy-paste loads of assignments, ability to build up attendance even without attending classes and making good impression on the teachers is something every engineer is good at. Though one thing that doesn’t change are THE LONG LECTURES. Half of the time passes seeing the clock for the class to get over. It feels as if the time stops and haunts us.
THIRD YEAR: A rather serious year. Seeing everyone getting goal oriented gives a little tension. Trying your hand here and there, giving counselling tests is what surrounds you 24*7. But sooner or later one gets a clear track and starts working on it.
FOURTH YEAR: The most relaxing year. No pressure of studying but ultimate pressure for placements. Preparing CV’s , facing the interviews girds the brain day and night. Family expectations, self expectations raises the pressure level. The post placement tenure is eventually free, chilling out with friends, recapturing the past moments, promises for the future and the gloom of leaving the college.College life is indeed the best time in one’s life. Every small moment affects us in one way or the other. College gives us the time to explore our inner-selves. Fun time, fights with friends, facing pressure situation, studying whole syllabus one night before exam . All these are complete in themselves to teach us the realities of life. Don’t miss that priceless time because indeed there is no replacement of that gaiety time. Savor each and every moment of it.