“There is something about seeing achievers in their flesh (and breathing the same molecules) that makes me believe that big impact and big dreams do happen. Moreover, the tag of graduating from an IIT has definitely given me a head start. I had been granted the luxury of dreaming big and I know that my capabilities and time are valued even more by virtue of a legacy left behind, to which I will certainly contribute.” Erstwhile lit sec and elec graduate Pragathi writes about her four years at insti
“It’s very easy to believe in Insti that it is a reflection of the world outside, and to get entirely and wholly wrapped up in Insti activities. I have shed several tears over coordships and coreships, and paper proposals rejected, and WM tryouts I didn’t make, and plot twist: I’m okay.” Kavya Srinivasan writes about her five years at IITM and what it’s taught her.
In the fourth piece of our Graduate series, Arjun Shajan writes about his time in insti. “Most of us were trying to distinguish ourselves by taking part in different non-academic activities. As a senior told me in my first year – “You have made it to IIT Madras. You are the cream of the cream. Now, what else can you do other than mug?” This turned out really useful as in this rush to prove ourselves cool, we got to try our hands at a variety of things.”
” It’s hard to imagine another educational institution in India where I could’ve had the opportunity and the freedom I’ve had here to do what I really wanted to do, while pretending to pursue an entirely unrelated academic degree.” Nithyanand Rao, Immerse editor 2015, writes about his insti experience.
“… if there’s one lesson that I’ve learnt from my time here, it’s this: there are always so many exciting things to get involved in, so much more left to learn, and so many interesting people to get to know, that it’s okay to be a little uncertain sometimes.” Akshay Krishna writes about his time in the institute, in the second article of our Graduate series.
“If there was one change I would like to see in insti, it would be for the mini-institutions that we have created to do more than just make the rich richer – to become less elitist, to foster learning and not competition, to value initiative over reputation, and talent over popularity. “
T5E brings to you a collection of precious moments from the insti lives of some of our ’14 passouts in in this mini-series. The fourth in the series, Sneha talks about her five years on campus as an MA student.
The third graduate in our convocation series, Jithin Sam Varghese, tells us about his time at Insti, PoRs and more.
“I’ve gained much from insti, on the academic, cultural and social front; but I believe what I really, and truly, have gained the most is a sense of perspective. I have gained perspective on what it really means to be passionate about something, work towards it on my own, and either succeed and bask in its glory, or fail and pick the pieces up. I have gained perspective on the essentiality of certain life skills I had tried to avoid in school, but have learned to embrace now. And I have gained perspective on whose opinions are important to me and whose are not.”
“I looked up to the amazingly talented seniors who had the urge to do something good for the community, the drive to excel in whatever they chose to pursue, and yet had the time and patience to address the doubts and concerns of juniors. With that admiration and the constant company of an extremely supportive peer group, different layers of life at insti unfolded.”