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To my fellow juniors

Credit: Thamizhpparithi Maari

Credit: Thamizhpparithi Maari

Since the hot topic of this week is the TN HSC board exam results being announced let me also talk about it.

To all those 17-18 year olds who are wondering which college to apply for, which course would have scope, which senior can we ask for help, I am one such senior who would warmly warn you of what lies out there.

I was in your position exactly 5 years back. 9th May 2009, I was there sitting anxiously in front of the computer waiting for the page to refresh and show my results. Honestly I forgot my exact marks, but I got something near 85% (I am proud of it even now).

And then I faced the big question everyone faces. What are you going to do next? Apparently applying for counselling is the best option I could come up with. At that time doing anything apart from Engineering will be something everyone will look down at. Though I had my heart with Biotechnology, I also wondered how it would feel to take up BA Literature. I couldn’t ask anyone. No one I knew had done any Arts course. So I went on with my first option. When I joined college, anyone chasing their dreams was considered to be mad. Anyone who decided they will not do Engineering is a person making the worst decision of their lives.

But that is not the case now. I see so many of my friends deciding that they do not need a BE degree. I am proud that guys and girls of my age are rather level headed and decide what exactly they want to do with their life. That is what anyone should do, right?

Is this an advice column? Not really. It is just a beloved senior asking you to do the same thing that Aamir Khan asked you to do in Three Idiots.

Follow your heart. Because after four years of Engineering, you should not regret taking up that course. Losing four years of your life to a miserable course in an equally miserable college is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Do what you think you might be good at. You don’t know what you are good at? Talk to your teachers. Talk to your friends. If you are not sure about anything then do what your parents want you to do. Who knows, you might even like it and enjoy it.

I am not saying this BE or BTech course is very bad and you should run away from it. Don’t get biased from all those FaceBook status updates saying “Don’t take engineering”. Before deciding upon the course, go through the syllabus. See if it will be something that sounds good enough for you. One cannot force a student who likes electronics into a field like metallurgical sciences or textile technology.

Some students fall for the trap that they might get a good job if they join engineering. That is, again, a wrong assumption. You study well, you get a good job. No matter what course you take up you can end up in a fair enough job if you study well.

So do not make assumptions. Think before you take up a course. Enjoy your college life.

All the best.

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