Classes, homework, assignments, deadlines, presentations and the worst of all exams are all back in the spotlight. After nearly a year of having touched my books (Thanks to the excellent system at BITS where engineering is essentially a 1 year course – the third year), it felt as though I was getting back to studying after eons. I stepped into a beautiful classroom with over-comfortable chairs and a working air conditioning system at 9 am for the first class here and boy, it felt like familiar territory. The same slides, the deadlines, the consulation hours but there were certain things which made me smile and finally realize how deep technology has really seeped in.
No paper and notes systems here. Of course the Indians make notes diligently, forced by habit but everything else is online. You get course urls with downloadable material links, your login and password to access notes and print them if you want to and everything else is only by email, the grades and every other correspondence. After watching American teen and other shitty movies all through the undergrad, it takes quite an effort to appreciate the fact that you also have them talking about Navier Stokes equations and bessel functions (At the risk of sounding very partial and prejudiced, I gaped when a typical blonde raised her hand when the professor asked ‘Who is very confident of their vector calculus skills?’) You usually dont associate them with such things. Anyway, I guess I’ll get used to it.
Books seem to be a major problem. I never really loved my seniors more. I went to the bookstore to check out the price of my one textbook and it was just was 120$!!! Of course, you have ebay and amazon and others to hunt for cheaper versions but the seniors saved me. It has been raining the last couple of days and my severe allergy-cum-insect-bite-rashes have also subsided. So things now working in a good direction. Though, looking at this semester and the 21 hours of classwork that I had to register for, I dont think I can really enjoy myself too much. All my exploits on reader and others just pile up..I logged into reader only to retract when I saw 1000+ articles unread!
Life is settling down. I cooked for myself yesterday. Not bad, as long as I am able to eat whatever I cook, I guess it is fine. But one thing is for sure, cooking is not rocket science, when a newbie like me could cook something decent, it really aint such a big deal at all mostly!
It feels like im back in undergrad, only this time, I’ll have to really study!
PS: Oh man, I’m so much in love with the mac keyboard, I just keep wanna typing!