Barely A Fresher Anymore

It’s been almost a year since I joined CET and it’s depressing knowing that one-fourth of my college life is already over. It seems like it was only yesterday that I joined CET. I can still remember the feeling of anticipation on my first day on campus. It was a completely new, yet strangely familiar feeling. It was like my first day at school all over again: wondering what my classroom would look like, whether my classmates would be fun, whether the professors would be nice. Over the past year, I’ve managed to figure out the answers to all those questions and many more.

The first few weeks were spent exploring the campus and finding my way around the college. It’s funny to think how scared I used to feel when I encountered seniors in the college bus or in the canteen. But thankfully, all that has changed. The senior-junior divide has been completely erased and it’s sickening to know that the present fourth years won’t be around next year.

The start of the year also saw special meetings and orientation programs for freshers organized by the Innovation Center, ISTE, IEEE, NSS, Debate Society, RoboCET, and so on. More than the time spent in actual classes, it is the time that I spent in these clubs that I cherish the most. The past few months have been a flurry of activity: with Disha (fresher’s inter-department fest), Sargam (inter-year fest), and department nights all providing hours of fun and joy.

Somehow in the midst of all this, we had to find time to do some actual studying. After two years of entrance preparation and cramming, the last thing you want to do in college is studying. But as engineering students, study we must, and we valiantly battled our way through assignment submissions, hours of workshops and engineering graphics, and series exams.

It’s funny to think that in a few months, I’ll be in my sophomore year and will be called ‘chettan’ by the next batch of freshers. And that I will be able to give them a few nuggets of wisdom: that it’s okay to just bunk class and chat with friends in Pancharakaad.  And that the joy of finally getting your workshop records certified is quite unlike any other. And that nothing is as satisfying as saying that you study at CET, when someone asks, ‘Mone, ethu engineering collegilaa padikunne?‘, on seeing the mini-drafter sticking out of your college bag.

As they say on campus, ‘CET verre levelaanu‘. And I’m proud to be a CETian.

This article was originally written for the college alumni newsletter.

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