Being an engineer myself, I feel privileged to write about so many lessons that the 4 years of engineering teaches every student. It made me a stronger, braver and a wiser version of myself, and I am sure it changes every student in more or less the same way. No matter how many students crib about it, or how many jokes are passed around related to engineering studies, it does have a positive impact, which may not be palpable to everyone.
1. The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fails.
It teaches you that failure is a part of life, and no matter how many times you fail, you still stand a chance to get up and run the next time. And that happens when you get a KT or get a second class grade your semesters. Got a back? Worry not. It is just a roadblock.
Life. Does. Not. End. There.
2. Where there is a will, there is a way.
It teaches you to handle last minute pressure, because except the bookworms, most of the students get habituated to studying a day or two before the final papers. And isn’t that a great ability? To be able to focus when the pressure is high?
3. Explore. Dream. Discover.
It teaches you to explore your own self in the four years, try out different things, participate in the plethora of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and find your areas of interest. :)
4. Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
8 semesters. And so much of idle time to explore a variety of options, right from volunteering opportunities to internships to sports, fests, cultural activities, technical activities and college societies. It helps you discover what you are good at, provided you participate in the events and activities held in your college and outside. Opportunities keep coming, you have to identify and grab them. :)
5. Living in the moment.
It teaches you to live in the moment. Studying hard during exam season, and once the exams are over, party! Because there’s no point worrying now! :p
6. The combination of hard work and smart work is efficient work.
And engineering just teaches you that. Deciding to study the important repeated questions first is a smart move, actually studying those questions requires hard work.
And with many more such lifetime lessons that change you, you happily say at the end, those were the best days of my life! :)