Life of an Engineering Student

I’m Rahul Ashok, a citizen of Kochi, India, who has taken Engineering in my mother nation (Of course, I’m an Indian and the Indian Engineering Education is too different from rest of the world) as a degree, not as course of study, right after completing my higher secondary school days. Yes, I was so immature to select Engineering as a course of study, which is completely against my personal interests, and it was purely coincidental that it’s a random choice I’d taken at the age of 17- to prefer Engineering as a worst phase in my present life due to the excitement raised from my beloved parents to see me as a future Engineer, and thus become a successful Engineer to survive in his life by earning a 6 digit Indian currency as the salary by the end of each month.

Being so frank, the choice of taking Engineering is the worst decision I’ve ever taken in my whole lifetime. Hence I’m still suffering from it. What I’ve in mind at the moment is to cross the declared bridge of Engineering by completing the course, which is 1 more year away from me. Within this 3 year of Engineering life, the most important things I’ve acquired are: loss of 25920 hours of youth and its payment via cash of around 3 lakh Indian currencies, a bunch of backlogs, and missed certain notable things I really wanted to do in life through art and literature. Anyways, it’s gone; it’s already gone. But the losses I’ve couldn’t compensate with any of the outcomes that I may receive after the completion of this degree. Because I know that this course stream is completely a waste of time which can harm anybody’s mind who lacks the right interest in it, or at least try to adjust and dissolve in its flow by clearing the contented count of papers in every semester with a pass mark.

Since the 1st year, I acknowledged right after writing the 1st internal exam that this isn’t something I can adjust with. When the result came, I showed it to my parents and received the reputed honor for being a good kid to act against my instinct for continuing the course further; they brainwashed me by encouraging that I can do it simply as I was not that bad at studies in my school days. The same melodrama repeated in the later semesters as well. I tried to adjust with it. I tried to clear at least the papers I had to appear by the end of each semester. But then, I found that it’s not working with me. It didn’t show any difference in the papers I’ve written. And I knew that the sole factor behind my failures were the interest I lack in it and the instinct I’ve felt about myself to do what should I do. When I know what should I do, then how can I do something which is extremely different from it?

If you’re an Indian Engineering student like me, then you’ll easily understand what I’m trying to say. I’d a clean discussion about the same with Ioanna Aggledski, a blogging mate, a year ago. What she shared about her own personal experience as a Mechanical Engineering graduate from a reputed University in Greece agreed upon with the account I’ve on Engineering based studies in India. When you’re dwelling in other corners of the world, except in India, all you need is a proper attraction to stick onto Engineering with utmost passion to learn about machines or technology or other specified fields of your interest. If you doubt whether you’re really willing to be a part of it, then you can find it out effortlessly by following the procedures required before opting Engineering course study at any of the Universities in the world. I’m not saying that everybody who have been studying Engineering in India are like me, but majority of them are like me because India has a huge number of self-financing and private Engineering colleges, other than nationally recognized institutes like IIT for quality education, where you can certainly get a seat in any trade as per your choice if you know the basics of science, mathematics, and financially good enough to make an investment of approx 75k Indian currencies per year. In case if you’re not financially good, then don’t worry. All those attractive offers from Indian banks are waiting for you. I’d already used their facility for 3 times, but later then I discovered an implacable truth that Indian banks earn 14% as interest for the amount they’re paying for the educational purpose. It’s quite strange where the financial institutions in a nation provide loans for 8-10% to buy a vehicle/ build a home of your dreams, but 14% as interest to meet the educational needs for studying in a college. And the most interesting fact is most of them who prefer educational loans are unfamiliar of this crooked play; they come to know about it only by the end of course stream that they have to repay an amount of 3.5 lakhs for a loan costs 2 lakhs they’ve taken.

Big MNC’s like Infosys, Bluestar, Wipro, etc are paying a monthly salary of less than 40k for a fresher joining in their team. That too, working all day long in the offices for at least 6 hour/day; I’m happy that these companies are giving off to their followers on weekends, maybe they know that it’s inhumane to torture their followers everyday in an year. I doubt, whether they understand the worthiness of Indian currencies paying to their employees for the hectic and tiresome works they’ve been doing?  And how much is a penny worth in India to lead a life according to the dreams of your parents for the money investments they’ve made in a yearly basis?

While saying about the syllabus and other aspects of engineering curriculum, if you’re good at memorizing things you learn in Engineering, then it’s sure that you can clear the papers at the end of every semester. Also, make sure that you’re keeping a good contact with respective tutors for each subject, if not it’ll definitely affect your internal marks. Other than these 2 factors, you don’t need to attend the lectures every day. You don’t need to submit the assignments. You don’t need to study every day. Of course, you might be wondering why I’m saying about memorizing the things you learn as it’s the right way to crack every written examination, let it be an exam to be written either in a school or college. But, you know, when you read/ learn/ understand new things, you shouldn’t force yourself to make you feel that you’re getting it; that you’re enjoying the taste of your favorite ripened fruit, not eating it because the fruit is ripened.

So, here I’m, studying in the 6th semester of Engineering at one among the well-known colleges in Kochi, doing what I like to do rather than moving ahead with the flaky steps of Engineering, anymore. I firmly do believe that Engineering is merely a degree for me. Apart from getting a degree, I want to enjoy my life. I’ve my life here. I’m choosing it to enjoy it. And I’m doing it. I’m definitely sure that my beloved parents worry about my future. But I know. I wouldn’t end up with nothing. There are dreams still exist in me. I wouldn’t fail to conquer it. And I know what to do; how to catch my dreams by doing what I love to do.

P.S. I’ve been working as a freelance content writer and earning a 5 digit salary by spending maximum 2-3 hours/ day at home. Haven’t drop out from college yet like Jobs, Gates or Zuckerberg had done; I’m an Indian Engineering student, you know? Still, I’m looking forward to do something of my own. It takes risk. Though I know I’m going to grab what I like. It matters the most and I really do mean it.

P.S.S. Dreams come true when you’re enjoying what you do and live for what you want to do.

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11 thoughts on “Life of an Engineering Student

  1. And here goes another pitfall sufferer. Rahul, what you have said above applies to most of the pity Indian Youths for whom dreaming to achieve something is like a serious offence especially when being in a well structured family. ‘Living your life as you wish is not a deed a responsible student would do’, they say. If we writers start earning 5 digit packages, then people look at us and force their children to pursue a degree in Literature. After all that’s not why we are running behind it. It’s good to know that we both fall on same category. Frustrated Engineering student i pre-final year I mean. But how I tried to convince myself is, if we wern’t pursuing Engineering there might not be any one who can tell the world, what it feels like to be in this position. Looking forward to share more thoughts. 🙂

    • Let it go. Let me move further until I grab it. I, an Indian, who don’t have a degree wouldn’t be able to do anything else that I’ve been wishing to do. In India, a degree is a must if you’re dwelling and leading a common life; everybody ask for a degree. And we hate this system just because of the unbeatable expression of the people who value a degree with some grades rather than the knowledge one owns. People consider a degree certificate as everything to lead a better life and to earn printed papers for a worthy life one has in his/her dreams. What makes Zuckerberg or Thiel or Gates different from Indians is their decision making skills- they know what they want to do, and they know what will make them happy. If they were Indians, I don’t think world would have changed this much, especially in the field of technology.

      Right now, as I’m in the flow, all I can do is to complete the course somehow. Being from a middle-class family, I’ve been disturbing my beloved parents with my Engg grades so much since I’ve joined for the course. I know, all they want to see in me is to get a better life; I’m stuck with some point in life. But I know what I should do in my life. I know how I should move further. And I’ll make my dreams come true.

      Thank you so much for extending your remarkable thoughts on my little writing space, Mahadevan. Hope you’re enjoying what you’re doing now even though you’ve an Engineering degree with you. Have a good weekend. *smiles*

      ~ Rahul

  2. Omg…this is so true….I know feel that rather than just doing engineering, I should have also pursued creative writing and acting…but..Indian parents mentality..I command 7 digit figure salary yet I long to do something different…I am trying to figure out how can I live my dreams…:)

    • lol! You’re also an Engineer? And working on the same firm as well? Hope I didn’t disappoint you with my junked thoughts as I did on few of my other college mates.

      Yeah! Always do what you love the most. It will make you happy. Because you’re doing what you love to do. Thank you so much for the feedback, Lavanya. Have a good weekend. 🙂

      ~ Rahul

  3. Hey! Firstly thanks for liking my post.
    Secondly, just wanted to say I had been in the same position a couple of years ago, but actually went ahead and pursued a degree in literature through distance education while working simultaneously as a full-time content writer and guess what? I’m doing my master’s in Literature currently. It was not an easy decision to take, but it feels great to finally do something I like. 🙂

    • Wow! It sounds really good to hear that you’ve been doing something you actually wanted to do. Hope you’re enjoying every bit of it. Working as a freelancer or in some other firms? 🙂

      Anyway, thank you so much for your valuable feedback on what I’ve written. Like minds would always understand each other; I value such connections– whether it’s online or offline– rather than caring other people who is always against the choices we’ve opted in our life. Have a good weekend. Cheers, Young man. 🙂

      ~ Rahul

      • Haha, I’d rather be called a young woman :P. I used to work for an online media firm, but quit before joining for master’s in a regular college… I do work as a freelancer but lately I take up projects only rarely as my studies leave me very little time for anything else.

      • I see! It’s really great to know about you, Ma’am. I would like to talk to you further, if it’s absolutely fine with you. If you’re okay with it, may I know your mail-id, please? 🙂

        ~ Rahul

  4. Rahul Sir please help me.i’m in btech 1st sem. I don’t have interest in circuits,maths n etc. I’m stuck n trap. I want to move frm engineeriong. But don’t know what to do after this. I’m interested in theory based subjects. Please please help me . 😦
    I don’t want to spoil parents money . 😦

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