Firstly, welcome to this gem of a college. Be ready for a roller coaster ride. And trust me, it will all be worth it.
Four years of undergraduate is the best time to decide what it is that you really want to pursue in life. It’s good to have goals coming into the college but don’t be rigid about these and stop looking around for new options. This is the ideal time to explore new things and try everything under the sun to find out what really appeals to you.
● First things first. DO NOT IGNORE CGPA. It matters. Don't believe the inspiring videos articles that tell you otherwise. A good CG always puts you one step above your peers and can be a major deciding factor if you make the cut in various places.
● Try as hard as possible to get a good CG in the first year. The first year has the maximum number of credits and the subsequent 3 years won’t affect your CG nearly as much as first-year does. So a CG of 9 in the first year and that of 8 in all of following 3 years will lead to an ultimate CG of 8.5 (this is just a rough estimate, don’t make this your master plan for engineering).
● The campus is huge. As months (or for some people, days) pass by and the laziness engulfs you from all 4 sides, you will find yourself reaching late everywhere. So, get a bicycle right away. It is a great investment for 4 years and at the end of UG, you can sell it to your juniors.
● The Innovation Garage (IG) is a wonderful place to learn all about the new technology out there as you will always find somebody or the other working on one or more cool and intriguing projects. Try to become a regular part of it, get to know the seniors working there, and watch and learn about their projects. You will definitely pick up on something interesting to do for yourself. Also, if it helps, it is the only place that has AC, bean bags, and good Wi-Fi network. (Yes, I am great at marketing).
● You will have a provision of issuing 3 books from the library at a time. As first year is common for all branches, there is a huge rush to get hands on these books. Ask your seniors which books are to be issued for every subject and try getting them as soon as possible. You will save a fortune by avoiding to have to buy these books.
● If you are into any sport, figure out who the captain of the respective sport is from your seniors and let him/her know you are interested in making it to the college team. They will let you know when the practice sessions take place and when the selections will happen which you are most likely to miss otherwise.
● The first year hostel experiences a lot of thefts of valuable items like laptops, mobile phones etc. Lock your rooms even if you are stepping out for a visit to the washroom.
● Become a part of the workforce in Technozion and Springspree, the technical and cultural fests respectively, in the first year. They need a lot of people for these events and if you show interest, you can easily become a part of these. The fests give you the best experience of managing an event witnessed by thousands of people, a skill which will help you throughout life in one or the other form. Also, this is one place where you get to know a lot of seniors and forming a good bond with seniors is something that will help you immensely throughout your college life.
Once you are a part of the workforce, you can go on to become an event manager, sub-core, and core in the department of your choice of (QCM, event management, logistics, etc about which you get to know once a part of the workforce) in the following 3 years respectively.
● Do not pester the professors asking for projects. Most of them will keep you waiting and never get back at you, draining out all of your vigor and interest. IG (Innovation Garage) is the best place to do projects with your seniors. But still, if you are really eager, you can ask your seniors which professors could help you with projects.
● Be a part of as many clubs as possible. These clubs give you a family that lasts for 4 years and give you a sense of belonging along with the obvious cultivation of the talent in you of the respective club. Most importantly, the clubs accept maximum people from first year UG. Thus, this is the best time to grab the opportunity.
● Do not become a part of the state groups as long as you feel perfectly comfortable with the seniors involved.
Lastly, always try to have a good bond with trusted seniors and take advice from them whenever you feel dubious about anything. After all, experience speaks the loudest and regret hurts the most (out of which I am writing this).
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