Greatest regret not being able to attend physical graduation ceremony
We were overjoyed with the two weeks of holiday but soon it turned into a nightmare — here’s how we coped and regretted graduating sitting at home.
On a bright Friday, we came home overjoyed, thinking about the two-week holiday we had just got from college. It was in the middle of our college fest in March. This joy of an unexpected holiday was, however, short-lived. The lockdown got extended and our colourful college life was replaced by the dull interiors of our study rooms. It was tougher than the normal offline classes, especially because now we didn’t have our friends to laugh at when they messed up a presentation or cry about the examination stress. The lockdown gave us a lot of emotional turmoil but it made us look into ourselves and give time to ourselves and in many instances helped us invest more time into learning new subjects. The duality of joy and sadness continued until suddenly one Friday afternoon in March 2021 we graduated.
--- Sreeparno Ghosh, 2021 Applied Psychology graduate
I was halfway through the penultimate year of my bachelor’s degree when things started getting really intense in terms of course work and I had really thought that a 20-day break would be beneficial. Never did I imagine receiving documents certifying me as a graduate while I remained sitting at home. Obtaining my degree just doesn’t seem real. The knowledge that I could have gained from being in an actual classroom environment was compromised upon. The comfort I had initially thought I was signing up for became a burden. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet — it really hasn’t.
--- Stuti Aastha, 2021 BA LLB graduate
I still recall the amount of joy we had when a 15-day-long holiday was announced. It was a huge deal for us. However, soon our joy and excitement turned into a nightmare with the repeated waves of COVID and we lost two years of our college life. Never in my dreams had I imagined that I would be graduating sitting at home in front of my laptop... in the most mundane manner possible. Nothing can ever repair the loss. All the fun that we have missed out on will forever give us a sense of repentance.
--- Shreya Das, 2021 Law graduate
Having a dream to pursue while having fun with friends made it more than just normal college life, but God had other plans. Laptops and phones were the only means of communication with the college and more importantly with friends. All of us hoped that college would reopen before our final exams. Preparing for exams the whole night and then rushing to the class and requesting the teachers to let us in had a different thrill. Our college life ended suddenly.
--- Soumili Das, 2021 BCom graduate
Zoom exhausted us. A genuine and simple article looked gigantic. We were running after a solitary objective, to graduate. Nonetheless, I have accepted that this will not be the last achievement in my life. I was eager to go to the graduation ceremony, speak to my professors and express gratitude, sit in the bursting sun as our names are called up, and cry with my companions when everything is over. Maybe not now, but when it is all hopefully better, we can still have those moments to treasure.
--- Ashjot Singh Anand, 2021 BBA graduate
Life suddenly was all about virtual classes and Facetime, and bonds of friendships were confined to phone calls. Thoughts kept on racing through our minds for 1.5 years of online classes and all of a sudden we gave our last online exam. It was an abrupt end to our undergraduate college life.
--- Abrar Saqib, 2021 Applied Psychology graduat
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