With a semester left to complete the, arguably, most disappointing college and academic experience, read on to find out what this coveted “DU ka thappa” has been like for the past two years.*
As someone from the Batch of 2022, I do think that we got the short end of the stick. Now, people from batches before and after mine— before you decide to knock down my door with pitchforks and torches in hand, let me explain. I’ll admit that the Batch of 2021 had to graduate online, and that sucks. I’ll even admit that the Batch of 2023 had to begin college without ever having been to one, and that sucks too. But the Batch of 2021 had two years to experience the offline college, and the Batch of 2023 has (hopefully) way more time to experience that post- pandemic offline college life we’ve all been craving (they’ve also never been to college, so technically, they don’t know what they’re missing out on). But the Batch of 2022? We were offered a taste of offline college, which was then rudely taken away, and we were forced to spend the rest of our academic life having to adapt to DU’s experimental teaching methods, only to fear online graduation again.
Growing up in a typical Indian family, DU has always been a pretty big deal. The coveted “DU ka thappa”. Parents, teachers, and nosy relatives— every single person was anticipating my result. When I had successfully gotten in, everyone told me to thank my light stars. DU’s college life and “academic reputation”? I had secured a seat in a “meritorious college” after all, being privileged enough to be privileged in a merit race with a support system to help during boards. I was immediately deemed lucky by every pados-wali-aunty.
But how many classes have you attended this semester? How many classes have you attended since the online college started at all? I could probably recall something about every single one, and that’s only because I’ve been to so few. Perhaps it is just me being too lazy, and I bet some people really do attend every single one of their online lectures faithfully. But I’ve chosen to write this article after considering a very broad consensus (of me and, like maybe three friends), and the bottom line is: we really don’t know enough about what we should know.
Not to blame online classes; I mean, they did do whatever they could think of to deal with some extremely unprecedented times, I suppose. And I have been told many times that college experiences are never as good experiences as they are narrated. But going into 2022 and still not having found the will to finish the Leviathan, I don’t feel too confident calling myself an almost English graduate. And when I peruse job openings on Linkedin (I like to cause inconvenience and panic to myself unnecessary) I have to admit that the “Bachelor’s degree minimum, any field” requirement for entry-level positions turned out to be really overhyped.
*This article was originally published in our Education Themed Issue – Volume 15| Issue 10.
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