It is the same with all engineers. They got into engineering because of pressure from above, below, east, south, within, or even the atmosphere (Pa = 101325 N/m²). Or because they don’t know what to do after high school. An engineering student in India with a genuine interest in the subject is a rare sighting, much like the endangered Olive Ridley turtle or the one-horned rhinoceros.
But do I regret my decision to get into engineering? Absolutely not. Why? The reason is that engineering colleges in India have turned into institutions where you can discover your passion. We, or I (if you can’t relate to what follows) do not sit in lectures all-day and solve complicated numerical problems from mechanics or thermodynamics. Engineering is much more than that. There are tons of clubs, societies, sports and events you can get into, and some even make a career shift courtesy these activities.
Then what is the issue that could arise from all this? Lack of clarity. Once I started getting involved in all this, almost everything seemed appealing. It was very difficult to zero down on one particular passion and pursue it with utmost sincerity. And passion here isn’t only restricted to soft skills and art forms. It includes management, marketing, public relations, graphic design, and I could fill pages if I go on. Those interested in technical domains obviously find the likes of coding, WedDev, robotics, etc. to be their calling.
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