The way our course is structured ensures that we hit the ground running

The past two and a half years at Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication, Pune have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Each semester, at one of the top mass communication colleges in India, brought its set of opportunities and challenges that have helped me grow, both professionally and personally. While most of my peers would complain about the hectic routine, I, for one, absolutely love it. The way our course is structured ensures that we hit the ground running. With deadlines and tests every weekend, classes from Monday to Saturday, clubs and extracurricular activities after college, and additional projects that we can undertake, there is always something to do.

It is this aspect of our college that has helped me hone my time management skills. In order to efficiently fulfil all the responsibilities, it is of paramount importance that I follow a routine throughout the week. This has helped me prioritize my work better, chalk out time for different priorities, and further my decision-making abilities. Of course, this process has been fine-tuned over the last five semesters, and has largely been of trial and error. But that’s the beauty of it; SCMC made me understand that I hold the responsibility to take charge of my time along with the power to choose how to utilise it.  

As you go and grow through this course, so do your priorities. By the time you reach the end of the fifth semester, you might have a better hang of completing three assignments in one evening and proceeding to study for a test after. However, college will always have a curveball to throw at you. You’ll be more concerned about balancing industrial exposure with your theoretical knowledge. As the adage goes, change is the only constant.

In the beginning it is always a little tricky, sometimes infuriating and even disheartening. Perseverance is a skill I developed, to see things through, no matter how drawn out the process has been. The efforts involved may seem immense, and they surely are, but the stakes are high; after all these are your formative years – at least career-wise. And if you stick to it, the rewards are fulfilling.  

Article by: Nivedita Sanjai (Batch of 2018)

Illustration by: Viraj Gaur (Batch of 2019)