Seniors of DTULearn more about your final-year seniors through SoDTUs, a series of casual short interviews.
The Speculative DTUite
“My favourite spot in the campus is the OAT - the space is really beautiful. There is also this hidden staircase where we used to talk about a lot of stuff and have fun, discuss what is going on and where we are heading to in the future."
The Impromptu Night Outs
"The best time for outings or even just a stroll through the campus is definitely after an event or fest. Our group loved such plans because all you need is a car and a group of ‘velle’ friends." "We once went on an impromptu night out to Jaipur and were met by the police on the way. After a display of our decent acting skills and a made-up story about attending the NIT Jaipur fest, we were allowed to leave. Thankfully, they ‘bought’ our tale and we were let off the hook."
The Terrified DTUites
“While participating in a hackathon, we were taking a stroll in the campus at midnight. The environment was very spooky and to top it off, we were singing songs that matched the scary atmosphere. A guard draped in white sheets came running towards us and we were terror-struck at that moment.”
The Sensible DTUites
"The growth that one has in this University is incomparable to any other. You get exposed to so many new things, get plentiful activities to try your hands on, and start to approach life more pragmatically and maturely."
The Unabashed Dancers of DTU
“Several of us in KCH are from Gulf countries, and we don’t get to see a lot of rain there. I remember how excited we got in our first year when it rained, and all of us had a great time dancing to Bollywood songs outside.” “I consider myself a ‘bathroom dancer’. However, when we guys had a free class, some of my friends asked me to dance on ‘Chane Ke Khet Mein’. One song led to three, and soon I was dancing on them as well. Honestly, I’d say I was better than both Beyonce and Shakira put together.”
Not The Morning People of DTU
"Regardless of where we have stayed during these four years, getting up early to attend the morning classes has been the toughest task. It would break us down to know that the first class, which was supposed to be in the morning, was shifted to noon." "One of the cons of having a big group is that arranging a trip is practically impossible; getting everyone to agree on a place, time or date is the biggest struggle."
The Night Owls of DTU
"During our first semester, almost every night was a night out. Even before my ED exam, we were still going out. Nobody knew where exactly we were going, but we’d convinced ourselves that we had studied too much and we kept roaming around in some Badli village without streetlights." "Before my electrical paper, all of us decided to have a party at my flat." "We didn’t study a word and went for the paper totally blank. Predictably, the entire class ended up scoring in single digits."
The Frozen DTUites
"We once went on a night out to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. It was a chilly night and the temperature had dropped very low. We were walking barefoot. Suddenly one of us had the brilliant idea to take a dip in the pool. Somehow, we agreed to jump into the freezing water. We all yelled loudly and the devotees came running towards us to tell us to quiet down."
The Carefree DTUites
"Our batch went on a 3-day industrial trip to Shimla. We were so busy enjoying ourselves that it wasn’t until the very last day that we realized that we hadn’t finished our research." "Thankfully, we were able to find a garden right behind our resort and that helped us to complete our project."
The Comedian of DTU
"This one time I was in one of the hostels. I went to the balcony and shouted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ at the top of my voice since it wasn’t my hostel room. The students then dragged me through the corridors to my own room. Although not a pleasant memory, it sure is memorable!" "I went to Waichin and I recommend everyone to visit that place. If you wake up at 4:30 AM to catch the surreal view, you’ll find that it is breathtakingly beautiful with the mountains cascading and the fog around it."
The Non-negotiable College Trip
"Everyone should definitely plan a trip to Goa in their final year and enjoy with their friends. ‘Goa to jaana hi hai’." "You can also start planning for an international trip once in the four years from the very first year itself. Try going to Prague or Amsterdam once, and it’ll surely become the best trip of your lifetime.”
The Shayar of DTU
"A human being lives two lives, one for survival and the other for truly living." "My attendance used to always be low, so my only tactic was resorting to emotional appeals. But now that the faculty is well aware of my passion, they are supporting me in my journey." "This one time, being the hospitality co-head, I had the official permit for visiting a girls’ hostel. I count it to be one of my achievements."
The Interactive Seniors of DTU
"The senior-junior interaction has increased over these 4 years. Juniors often feel that this senior-junior interaction is useless. However, we have been through the same phases and made the same mistakes. We can share our experiences with them."
The Troublemakers of DTU
"Through the four years, getting into trouble once every semester has been a constant." "Out of all our trips, the best ones were also the unplanned and the totally random trips. All of us had gone to HKV for partying once, and out of the blue, we decided to visit Kasauli and were on our way."
The Nostalgic DTUite
"The only complaint about college life I have is that it was over too quickly. It feels as if it were only yesterday when I first moved into the transit hostel and now I am moving out of the senior hostel." "When you move into the hostel in the first year, you are probably more concerned about your placements and grades than when you are in your fourth year. I used to think that the fourth year would be the most stressful year, but it went by smoothly like a breeze."
The Gate-crashing DTUites
"One incident that still cracks us up is when we were caught gate-crashing a wedding. One of our friends was exceedingly tense and asked the organisers to let him go because he had scored 95% in his board exams." "I have great memories of my ED class from the first year. I received an A+ even though my sheets were not up to the mark."
The Resilient DTUite
"I met with an accident and injured my knee. Due to the injury, I wasn’t able to walk properly. But just for the sake of it, I went on a trip to IIT Roorkee during their fest. I interacted with my juniors and enjoyed thoroughly."
The Transformed DTUites
"When I came out of school, I was an introvert - if you had put me in front of a crowd back then, I'd have gone red. But now, I'm a placement coordinator and was the head of SITE. Our college gives us many opportunities, and even if you pursue a tech interest, you still get many managerial chances." "After receiving an unexpected pre-placement offer, my friends at the TnP threw me in the water near the fountain."
The Sports Fanatic of DTU
"It took us 2-3 weeks to explore DTU. The thing I liked the most was the Sports Complex. I had always been into sports. If we had a bat and ball, we would go to the sports complex to play."
The Magical DTUite
"One time all my friends were sitting together and watching a spoof of 'Koi Mil Gaya'. The boy who played Rohit had the same glasses as mine. So everyone started calling me Rohit. Two days later, out of nowhere, they started calling me 'Jadoo' instead. Jadoo is so unique for a name that it spread massively on the campus. The situation today is that every senior, junior, and even some faculty members address me as 'Jadoo'." "The one thing I'll miss the most about DTU is the bond between the juniors and seniors. Studies and CGPA - maybe not that much. But this bond has created a family too close to my heart!"
The Sorted DTUites
"When I first came to college, I was an immature kid. However, I feel like I’ve changed a lot since then. There’s no time like college, and the juniors should enjoy their four years here. Try everything, the good and bad will sort itself out with time." "One of the more unforgettable memories would be of the truth and dare games that we played in college."
The Diverse DTUites
"I met a lot of different people in the hostels - people of all possible backgrounds and kinds of upbringing. It is the diverse contrast that binds us all together and makes being in the hostels a fun experience."
The Backpackers of DTU
"We went on a trip to Goa after planning it for almost 4 years. People say that most Goa plans don’t work, but ours did! It took a great amount of effort to plan and execute it. Don’t believe the ones who tell you that Goa plans don’t work." "Even though we have no regrets whatsoever, but I feel we could have done better with our branches. I remember things getting stressful and hectic in my second year. But you should know that in the end, it all works out."
The Connoisseurs of DTU
"We once visited the senior mess in the first year after hearing that it had great food. There, everyone knew we were in the first year because we had baby faces and no beard.” "The most important thing is about leaving a legacy behind - something that you can look back to. For me, TedX is something that I’ll be leaving behind in college."
The Unconventional DTUites
“To the students who will be joining the new batch: be unconventional, and take the road not taken. When we come into DTU, we question what it is, yet when we leave and hear the name of DTU and DCE, we realize that there is a legacy that we are carrying.” “College is all about exploring. Our friend followed his heart and published a book titled ‘The Story that Wasn't,’ while performing great in academics as well. Don’t be afraid to follow your passion and do what you love to do.”
The Holi Players of DTU
"We decided to celebrate Holi together this year, and so we stayed in the hostel. We went to the sports complex for the same, where it was all muddy and waterlogged. Moments after entering the complex, we realised that there was cow-dung as well!"
The Riders of the Roller Coaster that is DTU
"There are many ups and downs, and we learn a lot. 'Kaafi BT bhi aati hai beech beech mein.' But in the end, we had a lot of fun." "In the first two years, I didn’t study at all and my CGPA was always less than 7. Later, I realized that I needed to study. In the third and fourth years, my CGPA was almost always above 8! There was no in between: it was either below 7, or above 8." "We are sad that our hostel life is coming to an end. We became friends thanks to the hostel. The nightlife of hostel, chai at micmac, birthdays in the hostel, they are all a great experience! Sometimes, before even blowing out the candles on the birthday cake, the whole cake was over! It’s a bond that we know will last for our entire lives." "There’s a phase during election campaigns where you work for almost 20 hours a day. During those days, I barely had anything besides a samosa and eventually lost weight. I believe that when you’re giving something your time, give it your 100% and get lost in it. Invest properly and focus - don’t leave yourself hanging midway. Once you get the desired output, you’ll enjoy it very much."
The Cathartic DTUites
"I would describe my time in college as life-changing: it was a wholesome transition from being a kid to a full-fledged adult." "Whatever we have learnt during our school years is still less than what we accumulated during the past 4 years. The experience was colossal, including valuable life lessons, apart from academic and extra-curricular exposure." "During the techfest, we would go to the Clock Tower to put up the banners. It was a thrilling experience and the view from there is amazing. One is bound to click a few pictures." "My advice to an incoming fresher would be to commit as many mistakes as possible during their time here. This is the only time when they can learn how to handle them. The outside world is not as kind and committing a mistake there would be punishing."
The Unreprimanded DTUites
"During a class in the first year, the teacher started scolding our CR. Someone recorded that incident and sent that to all our friends and we joke about it till date." "After the batch photographs, she lost her ring. She grumbled about how her mother would scold her and said ‘Mummy marengi!’ However, her mother didn’t really reprimand her about it." "The one thing that we're really proud of is that we completed the one mandatory thing of college life: the final year Goa trip."
The DTUites with a Memory
"In the first year, we visited the DTU Lake. That was the only time we ever went there in these 4 years. Every year, Facebook reminds us of that visit when a ‘memory’ of the day pops up." "To convince his parents for a trip, he presented it as an industrial visit to them. Due to that trip, he developed an interest in railways. Eventually, that interest led up to him joining the field professionally." "We made a plan to visit Goa. People usually cop out from trips as they near. This time around, more and more people agreed for the trip."
The Escape Artists of DTU
"In the first year, we were made to attend this ‘compulsory’ workshop by a society. We did not want to sit through the workshop and tried to trick them so we could exit the place. We pretended that we had received a call and proceeded towards the door to pick it up. As soon as we were on the other side, we loudly celebrated our clever escape and our voices echoed throughout the place. It was then that we realised that we were not outside, but in fact were in the washroom. We quietly returned and took our places."