1st Year: It has been an incredible journey! Whenever I look back, I always feel proud to be a part of the SNU community. This place has enabled me to evolve as a person. The diversity that this place offers in terms of academics, people and culture will always help me stand out in the crowd. Every journey has certain ups and down but in the end, all that matters is where you stand today. The thing that makesthis university unique is the freedom that it offers. Whether it be no curfew timings or the concept of midnight mess, everything inspires us to work and learn. This follows a quote very rightly said:”who knows how many ideas are born under the moonlight.” In fact, the freedom to choose our subjects of interest and pursue specializations in them, was the main incentive that dragged me here. In the initial days, we were made a part of family groups .These families were like a home away from home and guided us through our early days. We developed bonds with our seniors who were quite helpful and friendly. They gave us glimpses and anecdotes of how our life at SNU would be like and were always there to guide and support us. Let it be midnight walks or staying awake till sun rise or the late night birthday celebrations, everything brought me closer to my friends .One of the most amazing experience in my first year was the LIT course. This course taught me so much so that it’s beyond comprehension. Friendships developed and memories created here will stay with me forever. All in all, after the completion of my first year at SNU, I can say with full confidence that yes, after four years you will see me as a grown individual, you will see a neme, , a better version of me.
SNU is not just a University, it’s an identity. In the two years I have spent here, I’ve gone from loving the freedom to hating being confined within these boundaries to learning to see this place for both the good and the bad. When the novelty of having more freedom than you can imagine wears off, you realize that that there is nothing much you can do with this freedom and that half the opportunities advertised in the brochures don’t even exist. But still we look at all these articles about SNU being a revolutionary university and see all these articles bashing established colleges and feel proud of ourselves. After all, we’re part of a growing university and so we get to experience all the stages of development first hand.
“With a lot of freedom comes a lot of responsibility” As a junior year student I feel I have learnt to take complete responsibility of my life. Three years at SNU have no doubt been the best years of my life. Students from across the country come here and are placed in this huge melting pot of cosmopolitan culture. The most important take away for me is “Do what you are really passionate about.” Each interaction at SNU has helped me grow as a person. As Steve Jobs said, “Hostels are where engineers are made; classes are for attendance and exams.” You’ll cherish the hostel memories throughout your life. SNU is a place where there are two cultural fests in a year and not even one proper tech fest. It’s not that we are not capable of it. It’s only that we are not able to put our vision into action.
I remember writing in my admission application that I would like to use SNU as a platform to develop myself and to step out of the university as a leader. SNU has taught me that following is as important as leading: following the path of a mentor, following the culture that our seniors have set up for SNU, following the advice of an honest friend. I have become open to things that I have never allowed myself to think of. I have a glimpse of all the things that I could do for the rest of my life. The process of exploration of future possibilities guided me to my purpose in life. The self-explorations helped me accept myself as who am I and to push myself day in and day out.To enable all these changes, SNU has provided me with an environment, not only with good people, but also with a great space where we can think out loud and not be judged.
Here are four different views about the same campus. We as college students go through numerous stages in our four year college life. In this article I would like try and showcase how over the years one’s perception changes about things that are generally more or less constant. How things that seemed fascinating at once end up becoming the same things that strangle us to boredom. And as we move towards the end of the journey, we again start to yearn for the same things. As students just out of school we tend to be over-excited about this phase of college life. Little things about SNU excite us. As we move further on we focus our energies on trying to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. When we are not able to achieve them, we tend to look for reasons. Disappointment too is contagious. We look for things that are not working right for ourselves. Since we are a new university, we try to bring about the change. But at times we just stand by and continue complaining. SNU students as a community are creative people who have the right drive with unfocused energies.
The cosmopolitan nature of SNU is another one of its greatest strength as well as weakness. I say both because it depends on each batch as well as individual students to use this as an opportunity to evolve as a person or not. As we can see however, all four of the above reviews strengthen the view that we all see ourselves as growing through all the experiences (good or bad) at the end of four years.
(Acknowledgements are in order: I would like to thank Gowtham PS, Rithika Laxminarayanan , Rohit Kottamasu and Ishita Jain for their contributions).