#AtoZChallenge : Graduation
When I look back and think about the one moment in my 20s that I has been the happiest, it has to be my graduation! Trust me looking at the proud smiles on your parents faces is the best feeling in the world. When I think about my graduation, I can’t believe that college life is over. I know I can still pursue my masters and that would be college life again but undergrad life is in a league of its own.
College has been such a wonderful journey. From the excitement on that first day of college to throwing the graduation caps up in the air in celebration, it has given me a bagful of memories- mostly good, but some bad.
The struggles were numerous. The 8 am classes were a pain to attend. If there was a completely theoretical class in the afternoon, then it was bound to be a struggle to keep your eyes open! The never ending assignments gave a headache but we never worried about it until the last day. We belonged to a tribe procrastinators. Be it exams or assignments they were never to be touched until the last day. Lab sessions were dreaded more for the viva voce rather than actually conducting the experiments.
But yes we did work it all out together. Group studies were the norm. The topper’s notes or the notes of the person with the neatest handwriting in class were photocopied! There would always be that one friend who would teach you everything that you were supposed to know for the exam in a matter of a few minutes (A lot of times yours truly was that friend). Assignments were dealt with in groups. Boring classes were bunked in masses. We were all in it together!
Endless conversations over a cup of tea and some snacks from the college canteen were an everyday ritual that we could never miss. There were stories to be shared, gossip to be discussed and there was news to be updated about. There was always some event or the other happening in the college campus. If participating in it wasn’t our cup of tea, then we were all out there cheering the ones who did. The college fest was the one thing that we waited for the most throughout the year! Participating, winning trophies and being a loyal supporter of ones department was something that we couldn’t stop doing. And in the midst of all this madness, there were love stories some of which blossomed and others which didn’t go that well.
The nights before the exams and project presentations were definitely sleepless ones. Examinations meant an endless doubt clearing session in person, over a phone or over endless Whatsapp messages! When it came to project preparations, then there was always something that went wrong at the last moment. An LED or a battery that wouldn’t work, a semicolon that went missing at the last moment, or a slightly messed up calculation that spelt disaster! Something had to go wrong!
Then arrived the final year, sooner than we expected. It wasn’t enough to brush our technical skills, there were soft skills also to be developed. After endless trips to the placement and never ending rounds of interviews, we had job offers! It was then that we realized that it was the beginning of the end! In just a matter of a few more months, it would all be over. We’d all be in different places.
We’d laughed together and cried together. While we were beaming with joy on accomplishing something in our lives on our graduation, we cried silent tears thinking about the fact that it had all come to an end!
And that’s where we are now- in different places, doing different things! How I miss my college days!
I’m participating in the #AtoZChallenge . I’ll be writing about the Life and Times of Twenty something throughout April.