The moment that passed in a hurry! “Prashant K”! I heard our department HOD, Dr. Chitra Babu, call out my name. I walked on to the dais and collected my Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. A journey that had begun in 2006, officially ended on February 19, 2011. As I looked up after receiving my degree from Ms. Neelam Dhawan, MD, HP India, the camera flashed in my eyes and just like that, the moment that comes only once is every student’s life had passed. I had hoped that it would last longer than that.
August 21, 2006, Monday. Every second of that day will remain etched in my mind for a very long time. Sitting in the very same auditorium where my convocation had taken place a few days ago, I could not help but wonder if I had been lucky in getting into an institution like SSN. One of the best colleges in Tamil Nadu, and I had been admitted into the Computer Science and Engineering Under-Graduate Program. The boyhood dream had come true. Four years passed! Looking back at those years all I can say is I have been fortunate to have spent my college life in this college and more importantly as a part of CSE – B or should I say CSE – B Terror!
Many of my relatives used to ask me if it was a struggle getting through this degree program. I say it was the best time of my life. I had a lot of fun. Got my degree, understood the value of friendship, realized my priorities, learned a lot of lessons, some the hard way, and most importantly lived my dream. If there is one person that comes to my mind when I think of my academic life at SSN, it is Satish Ravi. I am sure my friend Raghav would agree when I say that we are indebted in so many ways to Satish. Without him, this Degree is incomplete. Am I right Raghav?
February 19, 2011, Saturday. 1644 (142,041,600 seconds) or 4 years, 5 months and 30 days since that landmark day in August 2006, as I was walking towards the auditorium with my friends from the place we all know as “The Stores”, I lived those 1644 days all over again. Seated in the auditorium I could not believe that so much time had passed and so quickly at that. I missed my friends who are in the US. If they had been around, the 11th Graduation Day of SSN would have been complete because without them my college life is incomplete.
I had always envisioned my graduation day as one in which I was wearing a golden robe holding a rolled up Degree in my hand with a typical mortarboard, the square academic hat, and then repeating an oath with all my friends standing around me. On 19th, it was not exactly the same, but it was close enough. The robe was yellow and the degree was in Velvet file. I must say that I missed the mortarboard that is thrown into the air by the students after the convocation.
My college life has given my Bachelor of Engineering Degree and much more. It has humbled me. Many of my classmates have inspired me in so many ways. I am indebted to each and every one of them. Thank you all! It was easy to draft the posts Those Four Years…. 1 and Those Four Years…. 2. This one, I am at the loss of words. It happened so quickly that I wish the moment could have lasted a bit longer for me to savor it. I had considered my boyhood dream to have become a reality in August 2006. I realized on 19th that I had lived it for four years and it had become a reality on February 19, 2011; 12:26 PM! If this day has come, I must thank for it, my parents, teachers, mentors, and friends. Almost forgot, Thank you God, for keeping an eye on me! 🙂
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