21 and Confused


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The teenage years are hyped up to be the most difficult phase of one’s life, but I beg to differ. Remember when you thought that 21 year olds are adults and have a free life? Sounds glamorous, doesn’t it? Guess what, it doesn’t work like that. If being a teenager is about the struggle of learning to swim, 21 is like being thrown into the deep end of the pool with as much warning as what a hunter gives to his prey. 4 years of college life is coming to an end. The friends we see every day now will be in different cities or in some cases, countries in a couple of months. Time has flown by so fast and the little time that is left seems to slip through our fingers even faster. Most of us are on the verge of graduating with an engineering degree. While it might seem like a tremendous achievement, this is where the race begins. Never ending placements on one side and ever frustrating subjects on the other. If you already have a job lined up, you’re probably wondering if it’s good enough. If you are looking for higher studies, you are probably exhausted from chasing deadlines. Like all this wasn’t enough, there’s the added pressure of what the society wants. If you’re a boy, they want to see you at a well paying 9-5 job. If you’re a girl, they want to see you married to the former.

Drowning in all these uncertainties and expectations, we are looking for that one friendly hand to pull us up. And then we realize that all our friends are right next to us, drowning in the same pool. Even a single moment of clarity becomes a luxury and peace evades us. Now you probably expect solutions and advices to come up next. Well, I have none. All I would like to say is ‘You are not alone’. We are all right here going through the same thing. Remember, no matter how inconceivable it might seem right now, people have gotten off this crazy rollercoaster ride before. If they can do it, why can’t we? We’ll survive too.


Written by Nikkitha Senthil, Final year Aeronautics