This blog post is a miniature flashback into the second semester (November to April), here at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru detailing all the events and happenings in a nutshell.
The second semester started on a lassitude note, all thanks to Thrive – Business Fest of The Department of Management Studies. The 14-day long business fest surely drained all my energy but as they say, “What makes you tired, makes you stronger.”
Although I didn’t make it to the Top 5 but I learnt a lot, thanks to my event heads and my fellow competitors. You can read more about Thrive by clicking on the link below:
After Thrive came The SRP Project or the Social Responsibility Project wherein me and my team had to go and work with an NGO for a minimum of 25 hours. We worked with Hope Foundation at their centers in Neelasandra and Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru where our tasks included: data entry, writing success stories, teaching basics of MS Office etc.
It was one of the best 3 days of the second semester for it gave me a whole new perspective of looking at things and taught me one of the most valued lessons of life – THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY. I say it is the most valued lesson of life because the satisfaction and happiness garnered after sharing something you possess with the society is unfathomable. Try it once.
After the SRP Project, I was all caught up in the preparation for Edify – The flagship event of the Entrepreneurial Cell (E-cell) of Department of Management Studies. The funny thing about Edify was that every single day for over a month I used to get claims to get out of the class, that too with free attendance. So a lot of people used to come and ask me, what exactly, did I do there?
Here’s my answer: In E-cell since there is so set hierarchical system all of the members are responsible for all the departments starting from logistics, hospitality, finance, documentation, promotion and General management. I did everything but particularly was more associated with Documentation and Inviting Speakers for the Event.
I felt so attached to this loving community that at the end of the semester what motivated me to come to college was definitely E-cell.
There were other events as well, like Blossoms and Inblooms ( Cultural Fests) during the second semester but I didn’t take part in them.
The semester came to an end with the dreaded End Semester Examination on April 10, 2017.
I can’t believe the first semester is over at Christ University. Because according to me it didn’t pass away, it ran away. That’s how things happen at Christ University, you have everything here except time. And believe me, guys I’m not fooling around.
When I first joined Christ, I literally didn’t expect anything. With 17 years of my life that is what I’ve learned. Don’t keep expectations and look how things positively turnout for you.
Anyways, the first day at Christ was subjected to ambivalent feeling. It came to an end only after the orientation was over for the freshers’. There were some things in the orientation which was boring, some scary, some confusing but the VC’s speech was amazing. I mean I loved it!
Here are some points to keep in mind before coming to the college.
Keep to the dress code or you are screwed. My personal point of this being there is so much in this university to do that eventually you will stop grunting about the dress code. For me, that transition took place in a month.
Your ID cards will be checked more than you will be asked about yourself. And they’ll make sure to click and put the worst photo of your life on that damn ID card, that too on both the sides.
Fathomless opportunities are available during and after the college hours, all you need to do is put in some serious hard work and learn to manage your time and set your priorities.
Attendance bothers so much here. 85 % percentage is minimum to give your examinations. And that’s not easy to get if you belong to the category of latecomers.
THINGS I HAVE DONE IN THE FIRST SEMESTER (IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER)
Survived in PG for an entire semester- Honest feedback: Living in a PG is so much better than living in a hostel, you will realize it once you join the college.
Participated in Vistas (My Department’s intra – business fest)-ONE HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE
Participated in the freshers’ quiz- DIDN’T EVEN QUALIFY, POOR ME.
Joined Centre for Social Action- In Media and Communication Wing, BECAUSE SERVICE COMES FIRST.
Had a failed attempt in Zealous Auditions in street play and mime- I FELT BAD FOR THIS ONE.
Participated in freshers’ day dance performance- CRAZY DAY, CRAZY PEOPLE.
Attended workshop on Digital Storytelling Organized by Department of Media Studies in their annual event – Media Meet
TRUE FEEDBACK: A workshop that was conducted on Sunday, costs me 600 bucks, gave me a certificate and taught me two words SEO and LBB.
Visited the Lalbagh/Cubbon Park
Visited Urban Slums of Bengaluru namely- Ambedkarnagar & L.R. Nagar
Attended a 2-day personality day workshop in the campus itself: FREE FULL DAY ATTENDANCE FOR DOING NOTHING.
Went for an Industrial Visit to Sansera.
Learned CorelDraw/Photoshop/Video Production (ONLY BITS AND PIECES OF IT)- in generic elective course.
Part of the ESPIRIT (international intercollegiate fest) –Documentation team. WORKING FOR ESPRIT WAS THE BEST TIME OF COLLEGE IN THE FIRST SEMESTER.
Member of the E-cell of The Department of Management Studies.
Made it to the second round of Book Review Competition- AND LOST BECAUSE MY LUCK DIDN’T WORK AND I DID NOT PREPARE ANYTHING.
Made it to the second round of Manthan (Some Business Competition)- BUT UNFORTUNATELY, A TRAGEDY HAPPENED AND I FELT REALLY HORRIBLE WHEN I HAD TO LEAVE THE COMPETITION.
Watched Tons of movies and Tv Shows. Follow me on Twitter @salonilodha80 to find out more.
Coming to studies in college. There is 40% study and rest is practical applications in the form of endless presentations, assignments, sums and what not. In the past four and half months, I have started a fictitious startup called home bowl, created an absurd company called subtle scholars along with reincarnation of Comfy Footwear, critically analyzed the contingency theory of Fred fielder and what not.
MORE DETAILS OF THE COURSE BBA
It is important to note that in case you desire to take BBA as your undergraduate degree while studying commerce in plus 2, study properly in the school and then the college studies would become a cakewalk for you. Because usually in the first semester you are taught accounts from the basics like making journals, studying about the various concepts of accounting, doing accounting equations etc. So, make sure when you come to college bring your accounts and business studies books of 11th and 12th and you won’t need books at least for the first semester.
Also, at Christ, we studied 6 subjects and one generic elective course in the first semester. Mine were
Business Mathematics- matrix, determinants, commercial math and calculus
Organizational Behavior- Perception, Personality, Learning, Motivation etc.
English- All about death genre
Additional English- Indian Literature
Introduction to Media Productions- Corel Draw, Photoshop and Video Production
In my first semester, all things and events happening in the college seemed so bizarre at the first instance that I got confused and muddled up at every step. But every time I got perplexed I said to myself don’t fear, just go with the flow and frankly speaking it worked wonders.
Also, The most valuable lesson I Learnt in the first semester was that it is important to keep trying new and different things. Just don’t be afraid to try, because if you don’t try you won’t be able to find your true passion and fancy yourselves with different life-changing experiences.
Keep trying because it’s still summer, in winter, you won’t have that much time.
#winteriscoming- AND I’M TALKING IN A LITERAL SENSE.