Not being able to meet friends and professors in person has ended the journey on a sad note for the outgoing batch
The pandemic changed how we wrapped up a vital part of our life -- our undergraduate days. Not only did we miss visiting our favourite spots on campus, we also ended up with mixed feelings while attending our last class online.
Finishing college under regular circumstances might be daunting, but finishing it under such uncertainty is worse. I spent the last day, which is the end of an experience, in my bedroom, without the comforting presence of the few people who made college life worth it. The end of college felt neither as momentous nor as grievous as I thought it would. It was an ordinary day at home with ordinary chores to do, and I’ll perhaps always look back on it with a lingering sense of regret.
--- Meghna Chatterjee, 2021 English graduate
I still think of that one Saturday when we went home thinking it would be a two-week shutdown. Since then, all of us have studied under the most unpredictable circumstances. None of us had imagined such a dull conclusion to this three-year journey. While there will be no memorable farewell to celebrate our graduation, there will always remain the surreal experience of online education amidst the pandemic.
--- Ritoban Sen, 2021 Statistics graduate
We had all stepped into college with dreams and a road map of how the three-year journey would be like. The one-and-a-half years that were spent on campus passed by in a jiffy as we jumped from one deadline to the next, and skimmed through piles of notes before exams. Without any warning, it all changed.
While the comfort of our own rooms, laptop screens and online classes seemed undeniable at times, it’d be a lie if I didn’t admit that I missed secretly eating food during class with my friends while trying to stifle smiles, or hanging out at our favourite spots on and around campus. When the last exam ended and I shut the laptop, the feeling of relief and freedom was no doubt coupled with regrets of how the day should have ideally ended with friends sharing memories and promises, cherishing the bonds and fixing the damaged ones.
--- Snigdha Bhattacharyya, 2021 Statistics graduate
Back in the second year, when things were seemingly normal, my friends and I used to discuss and anticipate what graduation would be like. Now, having graduated virtually from my bedroom, I realise that the main aspect of our excitement was the anticipation of being able to go through it together. We took it for granted back then but now that I think of it, being in the same physical space one last time would have provided us with the closure that we deserved. We graduated in the most mechanical way possible.
--- Rhythm Mandal, 2021 English graduate
After March 2020, my life changed drastically. None of us was conversant with the medium of virtual learning, so it took a toll on learning the subject passionately. Although over time, we adjusted and got accustomed to this system quite a bit. Hailing from the department of chemistry, I really missed going to the lab and handling chemicals. I also missed going to the library and spending hours reading books. Even in these tough times, our juniors organised an intriguing online farewell, which ended this journey of graduating online on a high note.
--- Arani Mitra, 2021 Chemistry graduate
Just when we were about to sit for our final examinations, a post was going around. It said, ‘and just like that, on a random afternoon, we end our college life’. Our college campus was reduced to a claustrophobic screen. It’s like I ended a big chapter of my life, but forgot the sign-off at the end of the page. And all too suddenly, the next chapter started.
--- Aporupa Sengupta, 2021 Economics graduate
I remember going to college every morning and cribbing about attending lectures. Little did I know that within a year or so, this whole episode would be converted into a virtual version. Realising that we would not even get to meet the professors and classmates we often found ourselves being critical about, the last day of the journey that we took together was really heartbreaking. Bidding goodbye to each other merely through a computer screen felt inexplicably strange, leaving me with a void in my heart. Perhaps I was not ready for the whole roller-coaster ride of emotions and memories to end so abruptly.
--- Rohini Mitra, 2021 Political Science graduate
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