Well another month has passed by. Again, a lot has happened…midsems came and went…and they went slightly better than last time. I no longer have problems with mood-swings anymore.

Presently, I have a week of hols…I decided to stay back in campus during these hols as both Muscat and Kerala are too far away to go just for a week. I spend my time here watching movies, trying to start my Database Project, doing a bit of website work… I had plans of updating my website but feel too lazy now.

The latest major thing in my life is that I might go to the National University of Singapore on exchange next semester from August to December. NUS has agreed on the exchange, IITK hasn’t yet approved it… Actually I need permission from the DUGC and SUGC. The SUGC has verbally approved it but I haven’t yet asked the DUGC (which is where the problems are very likely to occur as I don’t think all the 5th sem courses at IITK are offered in the odd sem at NUS).

Assuming everying goes okay, I’m somewhat keen on going for the exchange but when I first heard that I had been selected, I initially thought of declining the offer. The reason? I didn’t like the idea of leaving campus for so long. Somehow, though I’ve been on campus for less than 2 years, I’ve become attached, both to the campus and the people here.

Great. Now after writing that last paragraph I’m again wondering if I should go 😦
I don’t know… when I left school in Muscat and came to IIT Kanpur, though I had to leave my parents, the school where I had studied in for 11 years, I didn’t feel homesick at any point of time.

Looking back I guess I didn’t feel it so much then because all the preparation for JEE had somehow mentally hardened me, as a result of which my emotions didn’t affect me so much… I sort of became a bit like a robot. But after coming here and interacting with people, I’m once again the way I used to be long long ago, someone who is a human, with emotions and feelings…which is why though in my first two semesters here, I never felt homesick, suddenly, in the middle of the third sem, I suddenly wanted to be with my parents again and started feeling homesick…though it wasn’t for long.

Anyway, I guess in the end I probably will go for the exchange…actually at school we had this kind of exchange program (About 10 of the 120 students of my batch ended up going to places like Australia, Germany and South Africa…most to Australia) and those who went had a really great time.

I had also wanted to apply for an exchange then but I knew that if I went on exchange, I would have a nice time but it would be saying goodbye to my dreams of getting into IIT, as those who went found it hard to cope with the CBSE 11th standard syllabus that they would miss, leave alone JEE syllabus. So at that time, I suppressed my feelings and went on with my JEE prep without even asking my parents if I should go.

When my classmates came back, they described their exchanges as “the experience of a lifetime” and for some time I wished that I had gone. Anyway, I guess sometimes in life you have to make decisions, and often there is no right or wrong, no better or worse, its just the way you go on, believing in your choice. In my case, it turns out that I was lucky enough to get into IITK like I wanted and now go on exchange (hopefully, assuming my DUGC agrees).

So that’s that. Regarding my summer internship, I still don’t know which company I will be interning with though it would most likely be at Bangalore. Thanks to the Lucent schol. I’m entitled to an internship with either Lucent, Blore or Bell Labs, Blore. I have also applied to Yahoo and plan to apply to Google but since I’m a second year, I don’t really know what my chances are as they usually prefer 3rd yrites.

Most of my batchmates plan to do a project at IITK. Most of them don’t seem to be very interested in the project per se and some openly tell me that they are doing it for the sake of doing it. I happened to have a few informal talks with a prof (not of my deptt). He said he had taken on a few students for projects but wasn’t sure what to give them as he wasn’t sure of their commitment.

The placement season at IITK is coming to a close. Placements have been really good last time. Ditto for the internship scene, for my deptt (well its ‘good’ assuming you consider offers from outside India to be ‘good’). The schol scene hasn’t been that good. Seniors say that this is because the recos that profs gave weren’t so good. I asked a prof about this and he said that profs, as of now, are significantly more disillusioned with students than they were 3-4 years back.

I don’t know… there are plenty of things wrong with the attitude of students of IITK (and I’m also a student of IITK, so it applies to me too) but its tough for a few individuals to change it (whether the individuals are profs or students).

I guess this post has become a bit long and should compensate for the one month silence.

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