Hitching their wagon to a star

Embracing Challenges

Hitching their wagon to a star

A new set of graduates are ready to leave the City – many are going to different cities and even countries to pursue further education; others are taking up jobs and starting a new aspect of their life. But there is a visible nervousness coupled with excitement. There are memories of this place. Moreover, all kinds of adjustments will have to be made before they settle down in their destinations. 

 Metrolife speaks to some of the students to know what they will miss most about the City and what they’re looking forward to in the future. 

Sharath Pidathala was brought up in Goa and studied BSc fashion designing at Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology here. In the near future, he plans to move to Japan or the USA for further studies in theatrical costume designing. 

“Whatever experiences we had in college, be it good or bad, are over. There’s a strange mixture of relief and sadness — relief that it’s over and sadness because we suddenly realise that we may not see many of our friends again. Tomorrow, everything will change —right from who we are as people to our lifestyle. I’m preparing myself for these changes by just accepting each day as it comes,” he shares. He adds that he is interested in understanding a culture that is starkly different from what he has grown up seeing around him. 

For many of them, the Bangalore weather will be what they miss most. It’s going to be hard to adjust to the humidity and heat in other places, like Hyderabad. Vivek John, a graduating student of MVIT in computer science engineering, will be shifting there to work as a quality assurance engineer at David E Shaw and Co. 

He says, “I’m going to really miss the weather here, my family and friends and of course, the homemade food. But though my family is settled in Bangalore, I have always wanted to be in another city. And for the first time in my life, I’m going to be living on my own terms.”

He adds excitedly, “I’m looking forward to the challenges of being employed and am keen to see if I’m good enough for a company. But as such, there are no fears that I’m experiencing.”

The girls tend to be a little more sensitive. Says Rachna, a management graduate, “I feel uprooted because for the last three years, I’ve worked at making this my home and now, I have to start that process all over again. But I’m sure there’s a lot to look ahead to and I have no doubt that I will enjoy meeting those new challenges just as much. I’m also excited by the idea of getting paid for my work!”

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