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After over 3 years of engineering education

November 3, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

After every quiz went bad, you thought you would study for the next one. And you didn’t. How long was this to continue? Eventually, one fine day, you realize you have had enough of self-humiliation (if such a thing exists in the first place), and you begin showing some interest in the class. Begin. That means writing your own notes.

You stare at your notebook filled with doodlings, sketches, random words here and there. You say to yourself, “Enough of all this. Let’s get serious in life.” You leave two pages blank as a partition between the old life and the new (yet to start) life, and begin writing on the 3rd page.

You keep on writing, till you face with the symbol. It’s a harmless looking symbol on the board. The professor’s writing is not that bad that you can’t read it. You know its ‘K’. But is it in capital or small? After years of seeing big heavy books with your room neighbours that have 5 pages devoted to ‘List of Symbols’ immediately after the preface, you are sure of one thing at least: Capital K and small k may, and be all scientists cursed for it, represent two very different things. So different that when you write one instead of the other in exam, the professor will happily tell it to the entire class and the entire class will understand the grave folly and laugh seeing your face. Before the mystery of capital/small shows any signs of being resolved, the symbol next to K astounds you. Is it a subscript ‘E’ or a normal ‘E’? You begin making possible combinations. If it is a normal E, and if the K is capital, it made sense: KE stands for Kinetic Energy. But soon enough this dreadful feeling begins to haunt you: This in engineering education, here Kinetic Energy is no more represented by KE, you have some weird symbol for it. It used to be sigma in one of the previous courses.

After few more trials and guesses, you give up. The next resort is to ask someone what the symbols on the board meant. You look around. People are busy writing. Everyone knows what the symbols meant, you are sure of this. You suddenly realize that may be the professor was using the symbol since long, may be he would have explicitly mentioned about it in some previous class. After this, you pack the idea of asking someone.

Suddenly, you hear the professor shouting and asking if could erase the board. You look up, to realize that while you were dealing with the wretched symbol,  the entire board was full, and the he was waiting to erase the symbol part of it. You forget everything, copy the symbol as it is, drawing a vertical line for K and drawing those two protusions of the alphabet from exactly the same place where the professor had drawn them. You place your E, relative to the K, in exactly the same place as the professor has placed his. And then the board is erased.

You make a mental note to remember that this symbol was a problem when you would mug for exam. When the exam arrives, you look at your notes, forget everything that had happened in that class. You see the symbol, the first impression tells your brain that the symbol is so and so. You accept it, unaware of anything that passed, be it k or K. And you write the same in exam. And it turns out to be the opposite. And the professor tells it to entire class. And they laugh seeing your face.

  1. shruti
    November 3, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    which course and when.. 😉

  2. November 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Thats why, so many times I tried to change my fate in a course, but every attempt was unsuccessful.

  3. November 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I am proud of you. 😛

  4. November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    @shruti: Hypothetical situation shown there, with inspiration from real world. 😉

    @Arpan: Hard luck for you!

    @Leela: I was not talking of myself! It may apply to anyone who has been away from acads since long. 😀

  5. SiM
    November 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    talking to myself : a glimpse of future ??!! wake up !
    another voice in mind : isn’t it too early ?

  6. bachcha
    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Seeing the traits in class you getting too serious (remember Jishnu) , chill yaar after 3 years of engg. sometimes it doesnt matter whether it is a, b ,c or ur K

  7. November 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    @SiM: hahaha… beware!

    @bachcha: a, b, c, or K, or U or W or I… 😛

  8. November 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I can so much relate to it

  9. November 5, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    @Moli: I was sincerely hoping that someone would, and then you showed up!

  10. November 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    So true!

  11. November 6, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Good imagination dude, but I am dead sure a sweet li’l guy like you won’t mess up with his life this way!!

  12. November 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    @Rakesh: I’m glad!

    @Jeetendra: You may be very very wrong!!

  13. November 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Wow! Nice blog! So true, so true… the story of many of my own failed attempts at regaining “lost acad enthu”. They should take an orientation course “How to take notes” 🙂

  14. November 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    @Middler: Even at IIM? 😛

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