Hardships of an Engineering aspirant
The process of becoming an engineer begins at a tender age. With the multitude of cheat codes i.e. coaching classes obtainable nowadays, the success rate of the students skyrockets. Inevitably, by hook or by crook, every student who dreams or aspires to become an engineer ends up being one.
Then comes the next question, Question no. 2. The junior college. Since most of the students have slogged their heart, mind and body out, they end up getting brilliant percentages in the 10th. Nowadays, getting a 90 is a paltry accomplishment. 95 is the new 90. 25-30 years back, the best of students barely managed to reach that celebrated 90..
Once the to-be-engineer has made up his/her mind, then comes the time of selecting the precise cheat codes. The coaching class. The million-dollar education industry in India. There are so many options on hand for the students that they are spoilt for choice. So many parameters go into selecting the right coaching institution.
So, everything is set. That’s what the students think. That’s what I thought too. Everything will be taken care of. Timings synchronized between colleges and class, shifting into batches with school toppers, one feels to have dominated the whole lot.
Well then, once the preparations are done with, the edginess begins amongst the students. The final scurry for magnificence. The great adrenaline rush that can drive someone to great heights or bring them down to the lowest lows. The years of preparation for engineering entrance exams will remind you of a sinusoidal curve. The highs and lows. The crests and troughs. Rarely does someone find himself to be walking on an exponential curve.
Once the exams are written, the IIT-JEE, various states CETs, BITSAT, etc. there is a transitory tranquillity in the mind of parents and students alike. But the results come out and so does contentment, ecstasy, disillusionment, wretchedness, murkiness, etc. The emotions are wide-ranging and eternal. Beyond words to say the least. Or maybe too many to list..
But come what may, some way or the other, things begin to straighten out. Some have to face the unsympathetic realities of their under-performance while some get what they aimed for. The opportunities are endless. The choices are unbounded. Rarely do people end up not doing engineering if they really want to do it. Another question that arises is the picking of branch. The advantages, disadvantages of one over the other, the placement opportunities for a certain branch, and the amount of study required to do for a particular branch, the fashion, there are so many things to look after. The students and their guardians lose sleep over discussing, debating, arguing and cutting and dissecting every infinitesimal facet that could possibly concern academics.
I am so sure that while reading through this, engineering aspirants will foresee such moments in their life whereas the ones who have already become engineers or are in the process of becoming one will have definitely gone through most of these circumstances in their life. As I end this article, I would like you to contemplate over this quote by Bill Beattie: The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.