The quintessential retrospection of the first term break.

And just like that, my first term at MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad) has come to an end. As I write this from my laptop at home, enjoying my term break, I cannot help but wonder at the enormous speed with which the last two and a half months have passed me by. The first day in a new city, as my parents helped me set up my hostel room, as my younger brother yelped with excitement over the good food at campus and as the sweat on my forehead lulled me to sleep – everything is so clear, like it happened yesterday.


(Photo courtesy – Pratap Kaul, PGP-18, MICA)

Yet, I must acknowledge, sixty days and more have passed between that day and this, and they have been quite something.

MICA has taught me a lot, aย lotย in the days gone by.. in this post I will try and summarize everything in the shortest manner possible, because these memories and learnings have to find an outlet.

MICA has taught me –ย 

  • No one said life is fair. So stop wallowing in self-pity and value your background and achievements.
  • Change something if you can’t live with it. No one else will do it for you.
  • A confrontational attitude may not always work. Use your spidey sense.
  • Time is not golden, its platinum. One term down before you can even register things. Gee up!
  • Always write your name on your umbrella handle, and never keep it out of sight for long.
  • Its alright to cut it fine (for your first lecture) but a good breakfast is really important
  • Cold coffee is the ultimate drug
  • Don’t be too happy about your cool slogan t-shirt. Three more people in MICA probably have the same.
  • People with the same taste in music are a blessing.
  • Having time to spare does not mean you’re managing it well.
  • The mess serving karela on Sundays is just another way to make you appreciate the food on the other days.
  • Rajneesh Krishna Sir is awesome.
  • There will be more competitions than mosquitoes in your room and you’ll not be able to participate.
  • People have so many layers to them, the social penetration theory really works.
  • Don’t give up hope. You will find Havaban Harde lovers everywhere.
  • The best friends are found in the most unexpected places. So keep your mind open to possibilities.
  • Unlearn before you learn. It really helps.
  • FDI in retail is good, for me.
  • Hostel bathrooms are a classic example ofย Tragedy of the Commons
  • There’s no bigger accomplishment than a clean and tidy study table.
  • Everyone’s crazily talented over here , so don’t think too much of yourself.
  • You have a right to be irrationally exuberant.
  • Reading newspapers is a luxury.
  • Finance is not as difficult as it looks.
  • There’s no better feeling than to know you belong to the crazy.
  • This time’s never coming back, so make the most of it.

Here’s to the crazy ones!ย 

12 thoughts on “The quintessential retrospection of the first term break.

  1. GauravDadhich says:

    Lovely!! I can relate to bits from it w.r.t DoMS IIT Roorkee experience.

    Keep up the learning. Document them and share them. Made me feel at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    sent from my android phone.

  2. psycho says:

    RV – for you most things end on the baddy court. This post is for others who have sampled some other varieties of life @ MICA.
    @MC – brilliant write up and sums up emotions in a sweeping wave . ๐Ÿ™‚
    same advice you gave me – write more

  3. Himish Shah says:

    Simply Amazing…Above learning open an imaginary window radiating bright heavenly light on my desktop screen which displays, in a sequential manner, corresponding recorded images from my memory !

    • Whoaaaa! That’s one long sentence Himish! ๐Ÿ˜€
      But thank you so much for the appreciation, hope I can keep on adding these learnings.. because there sure is a LOT to learn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Soumitra says:

    sukhadaaaa..brilliant stuff…and the best part is all the points come as random as possible which makes it all the more engaging. As RV said surly not a once visit stuff in the MICAn context which we are sharing :). baki hushar tar tumhi aahtach ๐Ÿ˜‰ :p

    P.S.- Me too a lover of hawaban harde. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks a lot Soumitra..
      really happy that you enjoyed reading it. Baaki to MICA has tonnes and tonnes to teach us, something new every passing minute I’d say.

      Hawaban Harde ki jai ๐Ÿ˜€

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