KAMYAB HONE KE LIYE NAHI KABIL HONE KE LIYE PADHO KAMYABHI JHAK.. MAR KE PICHE AYEGI.
SEEK EXCELLENCE, BE CAPABLE AND GUESS WHAT, YOU WONT HAVE TO RUN BEHIND SUCCESS, IT’LL SIMPLY FOLLOW YOU .
You might have heard this. Yes, a dialogue from a famous movie 3 Idiots. Seems absurd, but this has surely been my story of Engineering so far. I am a 3rd Year B.Tech Environmental Engineering student. Here, I don’t consider myself successful nor I intend to compare myself to any of the characters in the film but these lines are what I had learnt since I am into Engineering.
I was a clever student during my school days, only if mugging up the things, vomiting them into the answer paper and scoring good grades meant to clever. I was good at grades and that was all what I was asked for. After scoring good grades in my 10th, I secured a seat in one of the finest college for Higher Secondary Education. Completed my Higher Secondary Education with good grades but still I was unaware of actual learning and acquiring knowledge meant. Till then books were never a source of knowledge for me but just a medium to score good grades. I was unable to score good at competitive exam which I was preparing for and had to settle with a seat in Engineering College.
Even a thought of Engineering used to haunt me earlier and I was being to a thing which haunted me the most. I was lost and felt unsatisfied with what I was doing. This made difficult in mugging up the things and eventually that affected my grades and altered the expectations of parents. But at this point, I was not worried a bit about my future or what I was doing, all that hit hard was that I was killing my parents’ expectations. It was my need to make changes in studying patterns. So it was the first time when I had learned a thing by understanding what actually it was and what it meant.
Initially learning with proper understanding consumed a lot of time but it would seem worth. It brought curiosity into studies which I had never ever felt earlier. My grades improved consistently. But eventually what happened was I was less worried about the grades and more curious about learning. Books seemed like a source of knowledge and library as a home to it. It was the first time when I had actually felt joy for studying. This has really helped me to seek education as a way to acquire knowledge rather than getting into the race of grades. Hence, the first thing which Engineering has taught me is to study with a passion of acquiring knowledge and wisdom rather than just for A on the grade sheet.
The other thing which Engineering has taught is such that learn things and acquire knowledge without thinking of its consequences. Having motives and expectations during learning, motives such as expecting good grades or just passing out the exams, will alter the process of learning . This happens because as expectations are met, the momentum gained is likely to lost due to over excitement and if the expectations are not met, it leads to a setback leading to break the momentum. This is not only true for learning but applies to all the activities we carry out. Rather than thinking of the consequences, working out on the task allotted helps to give the task a hundred percent of our efforts.
This new outlook towards knowledge and education have surely bought drastic changes in me. Lectures are interesting now. Project work feels like practicing what I have recently learned. This curiosity towards knowledge doesn’t end here itself. This curiosity and thirst for knowledge helps and pushes me to learn new things without a second thought.
The pandemic has hit us worst. Colleges were closed and we were locked into our homes. Many of my mates seem worried and jaded due to this lockdown. But lockdown has hit me different. The whole lockdown has been like a months of exploration for me. I read almost three to four hours a day and the remaining time is spent working out, cooking, attending workshops and writing blogs. I have been actively equipping myself with financial knowledge and learning out more about share market, politics, economy and much could be written.
In a sense, Engineering has taught me an effective way of acquiring knowledge. Engineering has been a way more than just learning and education to me. It has bought regularity and discipline to my life. Sometimes its just small decisions and behavioural changes which bring wonders to your life.
Happy Engineering Buddies 😉