I found it strangely enjoyable watching their expressions change, when I told them why someone who had passed the 12th grade in 2014, was just starting college

As I waited in line for the elevator for my first day of college (at the tender age of 21!), I wondered what Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication had in store for me. I remember looking at my watch and feeling my heart leap into my throat; I was running late for my first class! A surge of adrenaline coursed through my veins, and I resolved to take the stairs.

That was the first mistake I made that day.

Three floors later, I began to wonder whether I would ever actually make it to college on the first day? It was on the fifth floor. After taking many breaks to catch my breath and wipe the sweat off my brow, I finally made it to Room 501. On surveying the people around me, I was pleasantly surprised. My interactions in previous colleges had been typified by awkward conversation and a blend of nerves and trepidation. Assuming that the people here would be the same, however, was my second mistake of the day. I was instead greeted by a number of smiling faces, all eager to know my name. I found it strangely enjoyable watching their expressions change, when I told them why someone who had passed the XIIth grade in 2014, was just starting college.

These interactions were sprinkled between the most varied and interesting classes I had ever attended. The subject matter ranged from learning about the precession of the Earth, to how the Planet Earth documentaries were filmed. In just a few hours, I got a taste for the kind of classes I’d be having for the rest of the semester. As I neared the end of the day, I experienced something peculiar; I noticed that I was looking forward to the next day of classes. Imagining that my classes here would drone on, as if the clock was bewitched to move twice as slow, was the third and final mistake I made that day.

On my way back to my hostel, I thought about how SCMC had managed to surprise me at every turn. Now, at the end of my first semester, I can look back on my journey and say that I’m glad I made all those mistakes.

Article by: Akshay Thimmaya (Batch of 2020)

Photograph by: Panchsheel Gaikwad (Batch of 2019)


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