“It was almost as if my life switched to faster tracks after my second semester”

When I stepped in through the college gates on the first day, I was broken. Broken because I had to leave all my friends back home and start afresh. Every dog on a leash reminded me of Muffin, my pet dog. Teary eyed, I made my way through an amalgam of human beings – all from different parts of the country and even abroad. Being an introvert, I didn’t talk to people much the first few days. I had a few friends from Jammu and I wondered about their comfort with this place. However, things started to change with my first internship at home with Teach for India.

After that experience, something changed within me. I became more vocal in my second semester, which helped me make some really strong bonds with my peers. I also joined the college gym, which led me to the Symbi Fit Competition. My emotions weren’t brittle anymore, I had my friends by my side, and it all seemed better. As I proceeded for my second internship and met my folks back home, I actually missed my friends and Pune. I couldn’t wait to get back.

Now with the beginning of the third semester, finally those courses came in line which were the main reason for me to join SCMC. I loved classes like Visual Aesthetics, Marketing, Psychology, Advertising and so on – and I aced them all.

People change, including ourselves. Everyone needs time in adjusting to a new environment. But that’s alright if you have your choice of friends by your side. The college too didn’t give me a chance to get bored of the program as we had so many events coming up every now and then – the college fest, lecture cum demonstrations, the annual cultural program and so on. And all of this was being orchestrated by a man whom I deeply respect and consider a genius – Prof. Anupam Siddhartha – the Director of our college.

I think college has molded me in the best way possible – from a hardcore introvert to a person who can now talk to anyone about anything. Courses like Culture and Communication helped me greatly in building a worldview of different aspects of our society. The professor in – charge had delivered lectures in 29 countries.

It was almost as if my life switched to faster tracks after my second semester. I still do miss Muffin but The Journey has now started. The internships motivated me further and I can’t wait to be done with college and enter the industry to put my degree to good use.

Article by: Arunima Mahajan (Batch of 2018)

Photograph by: Akhil Reddy (Batch of 2019)