Student Experience in COE
Computer Engineering, inarguably the most coveted branch at NSIT, is something which takes a little time getting used to. Swamped with big names (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, to name a few) and even bigger expectations (getting into one of them), it might seem like a lot of hard work in the beginning, but as you soon find out, things aren’t exactly the way you were expecting them to be.
The very first day you enter your class, it does somewhat feel like you are back to school again. The wooden benches, facing the daunting black board, and the professors chalking out the course of your semester, which again seems all a bit too similar to what you studied at school, isn’t all that exciting. But then again, it gives you all the time in the world to look around at your new batch mates, move out of your class and meet seniors who’ve ‘been there, done that’, join a society or two, or just sit back and relax.
There sure will be some hiccups along the way, with people questioning your choice of college, and some might even question your choice of course as well. And that’d be silly because computer engineering is a great option. Well, to begin with it’s easy they say (relatively, though) and it’s a lot less work (again, relatively). Plus, you don’t have to worry about a job. There are computers everywhere and hence jobs. To top it off, it pays you well (really well, in some cases). Now that’s what you want, isn’t it?
Talking about academics, your first semester isn’t going to be a tough job for you if Engineering Drawing is your forte. If not, then you might not end up liking it. Manufacturing Processes and Workshops unfortunately, follow the same suit. There is Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics as well, but they won’t bother you as much as the former ones. And after appearing in your first ever set of real exams, will you truly realize the real happiness of passing.
Having spent the whole semester sweating it out in the workshop and being perpetually bent over the drawing board, completing your Engineering Drawing sheets, you do begin to wonder what NSIT meant when it said that you were going to be computer engineer. But then again, true to its promises (like every other engineering college), of surprising you with dreadful subjects, it lands you the colossal giant of the second semester- Introduction to Programming or so it seems in the beginning.
Believed to be the first subject worthy of a computer engineer’s attention, you do try delve right into it, especially if you haven’t had any prior programming experience. And that’s when you realize the Engineering Drawing monster is right back, and this time in the form of the C language. Pretty soon you see the ‘Let Us C’ textbooks all around you, at all times during the day. And if you feel that should set you up really well for the programming examinations, just go ahead and take a look at the previous year’s question papers. That should put you back to work!
But once you get the hang of it, it seems like the best thing in the world. A good grasp over a programming language enables you to do almost anything. You can code new games, set up your own social network, program robots, develop amazing applications for mobile platforms, and if you are the prankster type, there are viruses to be built too.
That really isn’t all of it, especially if you thought this place was all about studies. Sandwiched between the academic sessions are big rocking fests, and lots of time to spend the way you want to. Be it sitting in the lawns and chatting or heading over to your society meet and doing whatever interests you.
Though the nasty subjects might bother you in exams, if not so otherwise, you will always have the company of your fellow comrades fighting it out with you. And before you know it, you’d be sitting back wondering how all that time just flew by. And there might be regrets for some things you didn’t do, but there will also be the fond memories of the amazing people you met and the wonderful things you did.