Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Some Random PS experiences

Ojas Mehta
Ok, i shall attempt to write now.. (hardly) without feeling the need to be compelled to write technically and politically correct.
Its been terribly long i've written in any form really; so yeah, if you're evaluating me, get lost.
I am in the midst of a (grueling) Practice School 1 industrial training program (grueling due to heat alone).. a time in every BITSian's life where he/she gets "industrial exposure". My industry..... is Birla Museum, in Pilani campus itself... life is pretty close to what it was during regular college.. just a new campus, a few new chicks, an attendance criterion.. and some other shit that i can't or won't remember.
The days are pretty hectic actually, the time except that which we spend th the museum. in the museum- yeah we have plenty to do- play cards or chess or free cell, or watch movies or football videos, or play bingo (yes, that's right) and even name place animal thing (not me though).. as one can see the schedule is pretty tight. our assignments have been 1. make a report on all the exhibits you have seen, 2. greet new visitors at the help-desk, show them around.. and then maintain a database of it.. top notch stuff eh..
oh btw... our museum's not a conventional collection of dinosaur fossils and a load of dust.. nah this one is more like the Nehru Science Center in Mumbai, it's a collection of contemporary engg/sci/tech practices.. pretty decent place to visit if you have absolutely nothing to do... NOT a great place to do PS at... ah but then, PS has never been an adrenaline-rush kinda thing anyway.
so well.. without deviating further.. (what's the point anyway?) our project is decent- well, according to contemporary society standards it is.. a micro controller based heart rate meter... nah its nowhere close to as complicated as it sounds... and yes, they're gonna install it in the museum... just in case someone faints in the heat, or just of general shock of gradual disappointment of the place. who are we five pointers to complain anyway?
right then, MuC is something neither me nor my "partner" manvir know too much about (ah, yes, manvir himself) But its okay... he keeps getting new ideas how to build on our project, make it more impossible than it already is... like add an LCD display to it, or make it on an embedded system instead of MuC.. one must know- i suck at MuP, MuC and everything that has the alphabet signifying the refractive index... and at techie shit in general.. besides, i'm not overjoyed at having this project.. but oh, what the hell, i'll do it anyway.
right then. this formally marks the end of my typing patience. i shall write again soon (or maybe never- thing are always more fun when they're unpredictable anyway)
untill then... may you rot in hell.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Symptoms Of Exam Stress

Ojas Mehta
"Trust me, you will have atleast one ground-breaking world-changing revolutionary brainwave exactly coinciding with the start of your next test series. Aslo, be rest assured that the brainwave is going down the drain the moment your final paper is over."

You know your exams are nearby when you experience one or more of these symptoms....

1. Escapism:
a. Sleep
b. Gaming, movies, chatting
c. Things that you’ve always wanted to do and had put off for later
d. ideas, brainwaves (unrelated to subject of course), plans of sorcery(!)
e. Sudden desire to do something irrelevant, eg. Install a new game or start a new TV Series
f. Procrastination
g. Future plans- after exam/long term
2. Headache, neck ache, fever, upset stomach
3. Over-eating: sugar, fat food excess
4. Loneliness
5. Depression, general low feeling, loss of confidence
6. Arguments with family and friends
7. Comparison with peers
8. Erratic timings, undersleep/oversleep
9. Illusions of love, increased dependence on close ones, sudden development of crushes and relationships
10. Disillusionment tow life, questioning the basics
11. The blame game: power, profs, food, exam timing etc
12. Increase in levels of coffee, smoking
13. Desperation: feeling that all is lost
14. Desperate attempts to study- experimentation, eg. Meditation, speed reading course
15. Development of absolute hatred towards subject
16. Development of hatred toward life in general
17. Sudden development of interest in a subject- contemplation of PhD in the field

I'm sure you'd agree to a few of these, if not all. It's okay people, its just natural. Lite lo!