Sunday, June 10, 2012

My observations after 2 days into college


2 days into college (more like 1½ days), here are a few of my observations –

-          My college isn’t a run-of-the-mill product. It’s partly why I chose it so it doesn’t come as a surprise. The teachers here encourage us to ask questions, participate in discussions, try to lighten the mood by inserting a few jokes here and there. And I like it. They have their own ideology, their own solid frame-work as to how they are going to prepare us for the IITs. They're own idea of how teaching should be like. It definitely is a break from the regular corporate colleges.

-          They’re unorthodox.  For example, our Chemistry IPE teacher comes into the class and tells us what chapters are in our intermediate text-book. I did try to concentrate at the start but I soon lost my focus. Oh come on. I could always look into the textbook when I wanted to, to see what chapters were there. He finished telling us the names of all the chapters and then tells us “Studies show that people inbetween the ages of 15 and 21, remember most of the stuff that they are told.” Gives a pause and continues “Is anyone here below 15 or above 21?” Scans the room and finds no opposers and says “Didn’t think so.” Then points to someone at the back and says “You, stand up and tell me all the chapters in the same order.” I was dumbstruck. My mind suddenly raced through the past 7 minutes trying to recall what were the names that he had spoken out. I realized I remembered only scattered bits and parts of it. After a few more seconds of frantic searching I realized that I couldn’t remember them. All I could do was just sit and stare directly at his face trying to mask the ‘lost’ feeling and kind of pretend that my face showed that I knew and just sit back and hope that I don’t get called out. 8 minutes later, the last of the contents was read and I didn’t get a chance. Phew, I thought. Lucky save. I think that this ‘experiment’ by him was much more than just getting us to learn the names of the chapters. I think that the reason behind him doing that was to make us more attentive in his class. I don’t know about others but I doubt if I’ll be slacking off/thinking about other stuff in his class anytime soon.

-          The number of students is way too much. In our school, my class had a strength of 15 with almost 50% of each gender. Here, the strength of my classroom nears 56 and the gender ratio is skewed 70-30 in favour of boys. Hey, that’s a valid observation :P 

-          We can go out of the building to have our lunch. This came as a surprise. I realized that we were actually allowed to go out of the building and have lunch. Not sure if this will be continued in the coming days though. I did go out and have noodles for lunch in a nearby fast-food centre.

-          In my last post, I mentioned about how the classroom was 100% artificial light. In our new classroom, it’s 90-10 in favor of artificial. I’m sitting near the window. Just beside it actually so, I get a large percentage of the 10%. Here’s a funny thing. The wall just opposite the window is yellow in color. Sunlight doesn’t enter my class directly. It reflects off that wall and then enters the window beside me. That gives it an amusing yellowish color.

-          It’s going to take some work from me if I plan on doing well here. In the first class itself, our math sir told us to brace ourselves up for marks which resembled 20 out of 100 or even -20 out of 100. He also told us that getting 95+ was next to impossible. Well, I’ve had first hand experience of this in Evens’ so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

It’s eight minutes past eleven now and I have to wake up at around 5:45 tomorrow so I better stop this post right here and go sleep. Tomorrow is our first full day and I’m looking forward to it. I want to know how much time I’ll have to study once I get home and do all my side activities.

Until next time,
Adarsh.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

College starts tomorrow.


For all those of you living outside India, college over here is 11th and 12th grade.

I’m going to college. But I’m like “Really? Am I that old? I definitely don’t feel it.”

Anyway, the name of my college is ‘Delta’. It’s near nallakunta. (There you go, FBI, you now know exactly where my college is. Don’t bother googling it). I’m enrolled in their IIT program and also their junior college. (i.e 11th and 12th).

I chose it over a few other options and well, I’m pretty happy with my choice. Only time will tell whether I made the right choice or not. It’s not like I had better options on my plate. MUWCI looked cooler but I didn’t make it (damn. I still do think about it sometimes but as the old adage goes, ‘things were meant to be this way’)

 “You are now undergoing a transition. After the next few years, you will no longer be a school student anymore. You’ll be going to college. College isn’t anything like school. There will be no one to tell you what to do. The teachers won’t really be interested in you, they won’t keep telling you to do your homework nor will they punish you for not doing it. Hence, you need to start working on your own. There will be no one to tell you to do your work. Unless you do it by yourself, you’re doomed.” That was what I, the whole class actually, was told by a teacher at the IIT foundation institute I attended a few years ago. They aren’t his exact words but pretty much what I remember him telling us.

I’m looking forward to the ‘freedom’ that I’ll get in college. Other than that, I have no idea what to expect. I just hope I can learn something, meet some interesting people and make a few friends and just live basically. I do not want college to be something I labored through and loathe.

 Did I mention that I attended a 10 day course in reasoning a month back?

I got a good vibe from the college then. The teachers were pretty cool and knew how to teach. My class mates were pretty interesting people (other than the usual hwej :P ).

There’s one thing that I’m not a big fan of though. The classrooms are lit with 100% artificial light. It might be better but it’s not natural light. In my school, it was 100% natural light. We had tube-lights but never used them because the windows were so huge. The ventilation was great. Ah. I’m kind of missing it already.

Until next time,

Adarsh.

PS : I also got a look at their high school. I absolutely loathed it. No, seriously. That isn’t what a school is supposed to be like. No matter how good the teachers are, a school is a school. Not look like some prison cell with dull lighting, stuffy rooms, fans that are so high up that you don’t even feel the force of the air. I’d go crazy within a week. I’m amazed that children even go there.

And yeah, I forgot to mention one thing. While walking through the corridor to my room, I felt like I was a criminal walking towards the interrogation room. The interrogation room wasn’t that bad though :P

Monday, June 4, 2012

Adobe Flash.

While I wait for Adobe Flash CS 5.5 to install on my laptop,  I thought why not make a post on my blog about what's been up with me recently.

Before I start, you might have noticed that I haven't been posting a lot on this blog. That doesn't mean I haven't been writing. I have written so many unpublished blog posts over the past 3 months. It's just that, once I finish writing it, either I'm too lazy to post it on my blog or, I forget about it and by the time I remember it, what I've written is way too old.

As a kid, I used to love animation. That's an understatement. Animation defined me back then. I've appeared so many times in newspapers, once or twice on the T.V. All because of one thing. Animation. Not many people know about that. A few of my friends probably know but that's it. I try not to talk a lot about that phase of my life because that is what I thought it to be, a phase.

Of late, I've been trying a lot of different things. Cliche'd things. Programming, drawing, writing, math/science stuff. Trying to find out what I'm really passionate about. To find the one thing that I'd love doing. None of those really fit the profile to be honest. Yesterday, while browsing my facebook newsfeed, I came upon something that looked like an animated parody of counter strike. Here's the video that I saw.




I thought it was awesome. So, I looked through the channels and viewed some more videos. This coupled with the Duolingo intro video (which was also made in flash) piqued my interest in the software.



It's too early to say anything but maybe, animation is what interests me. I didn't really 'despise' animating as a kid. If anything, I loved spending time on the computer trying to animate stuff. I never really got off to a rocket start though.

Maybe, maybe now, after so many years, I'll regrow(is that even a word?) a liking to animation.

As I said, it's too early to say and I'd rather not go out making false promises. I've got some tutorials that I'm planning to do over the next few days and then, I'll update you all on whether I think this is it, or not.

Oh. Look the installation has finished. It tells me to close all open applications.

Until next time.

Adarsh.