As the topic suggests, I will focus on specific categories of students who come into an engineering college and the changes that surround their lives once they settle down in their new learning space. This will be purely based on my personal experience.
As soon as the class 10 board exams are over, students tend to get serious, as they are told, “You have to struggle for the coming two years; rest all will be assured after that.”
Most of you must have heard this statement, as have I. Students get into colleges based on their hard work on the board and competitive exams. The change they would face will be similar irrespective of the colleges they get registered in.
Life in Engineering Colleges
The following write-up is focused on students who go out of their hometown to “study.”
1. Extreme Sincere Ones
It is always found with a book in one hand, socially inactive as we know them. These students are all for studies and continue with the same trend in colleges even, whether it is an IIT or any other college, these students are present everywhere in tiny numbers.
These remain unaffected by their surroundings and often tend to lecture their colleagues on what is wrong and right and what they should or should not do. Never indulge in any harmful activities and regularly attend classes is their slogan for the upcoming 4 to 5 years. Their life starts and ends in college. Only around 1 percent of such tend to enjoy college life, which becomes part of the change around them, drifting away from that monotonous college life.
2. The More Sincere and Lesser Enthusiastic Ones
This group always had a thing for some enjoyment alongside studies. As soon as college starts, they get engrossed in academics and try their best to find other “productive” things to do in the next 4 years, like becoming a part of any startup and indulging in different college clubs.
This is what I meant by drifting away from that monotonous life. But this lot tends to make their life monotonous after a year has passed. Being sincere, they also think of being morally right every time. But the scope of them indulging in the change around them is far more than the above lot, which often is the case. They may not attend lectures regularly, but their academic result is essential for them.
3. The Sincere Lot (More Enthusiastic Ones)
As the category suggests, once college starts, they always try and find exciting and new ways of spending time. College becomes of minor importance for them. They try to study, but the company they indulge in restricts them from doing the same.
The first year does much less harm, but what would unfold remain a severe threat to their academic life. Their negligence towards college tends to increase, and a time comes when they think of it as a mere degree. Even though this can be the case with the above category, people find friends from this category with the passing of time.
4. The Carefree Ones
From the start of college in engineering, these students are least bothered about academics. With time, after settling and making friends, they tend to drift even more. Partying becomes their central pass time, and with the time rolling by, they often tend to affect the above two categories further once they get acquainted with each other.
In my opinion, these are the categories we tend to find in engineering backgrounds. I have talked about drifting away and change. What exactly do I mean by it? Well, it can be good or bad. The latter categories are much lesser thought to be influenced by the former. Exceptions are always there. But yet, the former gets influenced by the latter quickly.
As is the case with engineering, leaving aside the first category, at some point in time, each category suffers from the thought of leading a monotonous life and thinking much about the latter category, on how they spend their time.
They more often tend to think that they can manage their studies, go to college according to its requirement, and at the same time enjoy the four years, which will never come back because once they are through, a new life will be awaiting them. I don’t say the first category students are wrong in what they do, but they certainly miss some great experiences they realize later on.
I believe that drifting away is essential. Because you learn the art of living in these four years of engineering, you learn to handle different situations and learn about people. How deceptive or good people can be. Away from home, you are here to do much more than take away bookish knowledge. (Not to be confused with the fact that Engineering is not essential, after all, it is the primary reason we have come to learn in the first place.)
Drifting away does not mean indulging in illegal activities; it means enjoying life and completing your degree well. It means indulging in new things, sharing ideas, and practical knowledge, which is more important than any marks you obtain.
The 2nd and 3rd categories often remain part and parcel of these things. They come up with what they have to do ahead, which is essential, and of course. Maybe indulge in one or two indecent activities.
You tend to find real friends in college, but getting molded together on the right path becomes essential. Engineering can be many things for many students, but one learns what is good and bad for them. This article aims not just to showcase the type of students present in such a system but also to understand different things.
The former categories of students, mainly those who tend to end up in (3 and 4) after a year or two have passed, are found cursing the system more often than not due to some academic failure. But what is essential is to understand what has passed, and now they will have to shape their present, planning things accordingly, enjoying, but thinking about their future.
Life until high school is very different from what one may find in college, especially in engineering, depending upon the company they choose to be in. But, as I said earlier, learning is the most critical aspect, and even more important is to find out the person you are and realize how to shape your future.
Categories 1 and 2 tend to go for placements, which is good for them. Mistakes are bound to be committed, but as I said earlier, some students from these categories realize the fundamental aspect of their lives later than the former two. Some in engineering remain happy leading that monotonous life, which even further awaits them.
It is thus essential to learn from past mistakes and use the experience to shape oneself further. It is essential to question the answers at every point, the answers we get from within in the way we lead or try to lead our life, and thus settle for the thing that is best for us.
Whatever the case, the student is affected by the changes in both a good and a wrong way during graduation and develops it in him to inflict what is best for them.
“Your future is shaped by how you manage your present, learning from the past.”
Signing off with a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”