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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

College taught me.......

First of all, let me give you an update. I'm done with my first year MBA! (No, the result isn't out yet, but isn't it obvious I'll do okay?). So a big "yay" for starters! :D I'm actually free till this Sunday, after which I'll begin with my internship (details on that later!). And I feel absolutely great and back in my own, great form, so yes, I'll be blogging away to glory. 

Yeah ;) (Pic stolen taken from Google)
I decided to wound up the pending stuff, so after going through the 19 draft posts I had, I zeroed in on this one, which was left half written on 25th December, 2011! (What was I doing on Christmas?). The catch is, this was written from the point of view of the undergrad college, and I realized some parts don't hold true for MBA. I'll mention where it doesn't. ;) Tell me then, if you think it's true or not!

1. Canteen can turn out to be a life saver, if you're out of stock of food (unless you're among the 'cool' people who think getting lunch to college is stupid. In that case, it's not the 'carrying-lunch-to-college' thing stupid, but you).

No, no. I don't
have anyone specific
in mind. ;)
2. Even though you stuff down the canteen food as if there will be a famine any second, you'll still say the samosa is cold, the coffee isn't hot enough, the dosa tastes like cardboard. (hypocrisy is something everyone learns, I tell you).

3. There will always be one teacher who looks at you as if you're an unintelligent student who didn't deserve to be in their class at all! I don't know if that is actually how they feel, but they sure look like it. But of course, you learn to ignore them! ;)

4. Whatever deadline you get the first time, be assured it will be extended. Who does the assignments on time anyway? (Nerds are of course, excluded). I have to add this isn't the case in postgrad. Deadlines are strict. :| 

5. However seemingly impossible it may seem, but it is actually possible to revise your whole syllabus an hour before exams. :P Or even in the 20 minutes you get in the Metro. Believe me, I've scored more in those assessments. All the time.

And then you feel like this. :P

6. However hard working and honest you may be, you will hardly get any real appreciation and the clever, fake and selfish people will rule. It's the same everywhere. No exceptions. 

7. You realize how hard it is to find friends. Those you think are the BFF-kind, actually aren't. You get lonely, a lot. But you also have fun, even if those friends don't last forever, they give you memories to cherish!

8. Almost everyone likes to dance. If you don't, you most probably will have anyway done your version of what remotely may resemble dance, at least once. It's still something that you won't do, but you get used to at least tapping your feet to the beats.

9. If you're like me, the I'll-not-cheat-because-it's-wrong kind of a person, you'll have loads of situations that'll test your integrity, all exams included. Of course, sometimes you'll give in just a bit, to save your sweet face. You'll be faced with unfairness, when people will be using their android phones to pass in exams, but in the end, you'll be satisfied. More than you think. ;)

Points 10 and 11 have been contributed by my friend, Prerna. :)

These are the natural
nerds. ;)
10. You thought "competition" would be till school? Wrong. The nerds almost always stay nerds, unless you're not a natural nerd, but a parents-and-teachers-made-nerd, like I was. In that case you may look at college as a freedom ground and leave your nerdy self and have fun! :D

11. There are a lot of "practical" people out there. Not everyone's there to make friends, and even if they do want to, they're still heavily motivated by their personal ambitions. Don't expect too much! Seriously. Will save a lot of heartache. (Easier said than done, though).

12. Many hobbies! I mean, once you taste freedom and look for fun stuff and end up joining ECA societies, like the photography society! Which is a lot of fun, specially as you meet such interesting and smart people. Really, I tend to love people with a taste in any form of art more than normal.

13. The difference between Hindi Bollywood songs and the Enrique and David Archuleta and Miley Cyrus songs! :P

14. How to find yourself. And I mean your real self. Even if you try to "fit in", there always comes a time when you get tired of pretending. You get back to being yourself and you find out you're much better that way. ;)

15. To be confident. If you're receptive and participate and do all that you like doing, confidence will follow. 

There's a lot more, but I'm in the mood to watch an award show right now. Also dancing to those songs side by side. Yes, singing along too. :P See? You don't like dancing but this is what you still do sometimes. That's what college does to you. ;)

Tell me, anything I missed, that you've noticed? :)


  1. +1 for last two points. They're so very true! Cheerfully written post Ashna, as always! My college is also getting over this June, I hope I come out with as good a post as yours! :P

    1. Haha! I hope you do write something about your college! ;)
      Thanks for your lovely comment :)

  2. Point 6,7,8,9 I totally relate to!
    Ang congrats on getting over with MBA! Woohoo! All the best for your results.
    Im so waiting to get over with school, and step into the real world.

    Take care.
    Hopelessly Hopeful

    1. Thanks! :)
      I'm done with just the first year, have another to go through :P

  3. In college the hardest and most useful life-tip I learnt is to handle humiliation, rumor and betrayal. It sounds bitter but without this the dish called "COLLEGE" will become somehow less tasty. BTW I like bitter gourd. They cleanses your stomach. :) <3

    1. Oohh.. I can see you're very well acquainted and adept at handling such issues. ;) Thanks for the tip, will keep that in mind! :)

  4. Hey I loveee this super cheerful post! :) I especially love points #2, 7, 10 and 14. They're all so true.
    Congrats on passing year 1 of MBA! :)

    Feels so good to be back to the blogosphere after 2 months!! :)

    1. Welcome back AaeKay! Missed you! <3

      Thanks so much! :D

  5. One more thing that college taught me is that skipping classes can be a perfectly okay thing to do and not as unforgivable a curse as it was in school(not that I skipped classes in school :P)

    Very well made points, I think everyone can relate to them. For me though some points were alien(I think mostly because the place I was "studying" at), otherwise it's super. And hey, congratulations for completing the year. ;)

    1. Ooh. Ya, skipping classes! :D
      Thank you! I'm sure you must have had a different set of experiences, as it can obviously depend on college to college! :D

  6. This is so much the college thing! I mean I have completed just the first year but have experienced/learnt most of the points you mentioned here.

    *Finding myself and Being confident* :D

    College taught me to leave that "I-will-never-break-rules" ideology of mine.But still under control! :D

    1. Hhaha! Yes, that too! Glad you can relate to it. ;) Thanks so much for your comment! :)


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