It has been almost a year since I joined college and I have not stepped into my classroom even once. During my childhood, this would have been my dream, but now when it has actually come true, I have realized the importance of school and college life, the teachers, the campus, the cafeteria. I have not conspired a mass bunk in the backbenches or run tirelessly from corner A to corner B preparing for the college fest. We couldn’t live the college life that the countless number of Bollywood movies promised us. However, that does not mean I don’t enjoy my college life. Although there are no shared tiffins or dorms this year yet friendships are blossoming over cross-country Secret Santas, socially distanced walks, and Zoom dance parties. This is the new college experience.
Let me share a little about one of my most practical and fun courses in the second semester, Design & Prototyping. It sounds very practical, doesn’t it? Wel, that’s because it is! But at the same time, it has its online perks. Thankfully we have great teachers who spend hours trying to come up with ways to ensure we enjoy doing assignments and grasp the idea of Design & Prototyping.
It is a daunting task, working on software when one didn’t know existed such as, Onshape to create 3-D models, but we had our teachers to help us through our doubts, no matter how early in the day or late at night it was. I personally feel this pandemic helped the students and the teachers establish a bond of deeper understanding and friendship amongst themselves.
I consider myself lucky because I had the opportunity to live on the University campus for around a month.
A few memories we managed to capture in one of our labs. It was our first time meeting each other in person and working together on sawing through metals and learning how to chisel wood!
None of us expected our first meet to be in this fashion, sweating and working our arms off to file a piece of metal but it made the whole experience a lot more fun. I recall Prof. Ravishankar Prasad, Associate Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, whom we fondly call Ravi Sir ,one of our D&P teachers going around the lab
and clicking pictures of the students trying their best not to hurt themselves while sawing through the metal blocks.
The ongoing pandemic compromised our life in college, but there is no point in crying over spilled milk, we should try to make the best of what we have.
Believe it or not, classes in the pandemic have their own flare, especially at JK Lakshmipat University, our JKLU.