Going “back to school” this October has been an incredible experience, in more ways than one. Returning to textbooks and homework after more than six years since my high school graduation; committing to a rigorous schedule of self-disciplined study; moving to a new city with new roommates and a new lifestyle; and most of all, arriving at a new place with thousands of new faces and countless exciting new people to meet and interact with every day. It feels like the possibilities are endless – between the demands of studying and everything else, I only wish I had four more hours every day to explore them all!
I can’t say I wasn’t warned, however. The reactions I’ve received from friends and acquaintances whenever I told them I was going to study Electrical Engineering ranged from surprise and raised eyebrows to pity and downright sympathy. “Why would you do that to yourself?” “See you in four years” and “Isn’t that, like, really hard?” are just a few examples. One sentiment has been common to everyone, though – appreciation and respect for the fact that I chose to follow this intense and demanding course of education.
All in all, it’s been a rewarding experience so far. True, it’s not easy. A lot of time has to be spent on schoolwork, and if I blink or fail to concentrate for a moment or two, I may find myself far behind. However, I get to go to class every day and do what I love – learn new and fascinating things, which open my mind to the limitless world of science and engineering. Moreover, if I plan my time correctly, I can even hang out with friends and enjoy life on campus, as every student should.
If the past few months are any indication, I think I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. Hopefully I will feel the same throughout the next few years!