Underneath the starry sky, in a blanket of warmth and humidity, the world sleeps. There is only one room in which breathes a restless soul, perched on his desk with a book. The soul belongs to that of a dualite, and it only communicates in languages Math and Chemistry. While the world is engulfed in a deep slumber, or in most cases, the incessant urge to play Counterstrike, the young dualite studies diligently, with things like sleep, food and play having no place in his mind. He doesn’t meet people; his best buddies are books. He doesn’t play sports, and neither does he cracks jokes.

This is the mythical life of a dualite. Such creatures are found only within the deepest trenches of BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. Most dualities boast of a fun filled social life, active involvement in 3-4 clubs and/or departments and good CGPAs.

Some myths associated with the life of a dualite are:

MYTH 1: GETTING A GOOD CGPA IS UNMANAGEABLE, WITHOUT SACRIFICING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

A good CGPA is obtained by sitting under a banyan tree and praying to the tree gods under the scorching sun for 6 hours. A lot of dualities decide to pray for 12 hours. However, they spend the rest of the 12 hours playing Counter

Strike and sleeping and then blame the sun God for turning a blind eye to their sincere request and instead, diverting all his attention to that one nerdy boy who has been scoring full in all quizzes.

Such victimised dualites might say that it is a herculean task to obtain a good CG just through the blessings of the Sun God. More often than not, they will be correct. However, if you stay disciplined, a good CGPA is attainable. The Gods mustn’t be as crazy as you think!!

MYTH 2: QUIZZES LITE, COMPRE PHODENGE

To maintain a good CGPA, it is important to do well in every quiz and surprise test so that the pressure to perform doesn’t build up in the mid semester and comprehensive examinations. Mid- Semester grades reveal your standing among your batch mates and how much you need to improve to get your desired GPA.

However, take the mid-semester GPA with a pinch of salt, as your actual GPA may vary tremendously by the time you’re done with compre.

The key is to have effective time management, and not let small failures get to you. Remember, it’s never over until it’s over!

 

MYTH 3: I MESSED UP MY MIDSEM, SO LET’S FORGET ABOUT GETTING A GOOD CGPA

OR

I HAVE GREAT MIDSEM GRADES, I’M GETTING CSE FOR SURE!!

 

The common mistake that most dualities make is that they either give up, or let the sense of achievement get to them only to find their CGPA plummeting down.

The first kind of people usually choose the easier way out, that is forfeit. While this may seem like an intelligent choice, it leaves you with an engineering degree you didn’t plan for.

Others do extremely well in the first semester, and mistake their hard earned success for an easily achievable target. They get overconfident, and put in lesser efforts towards their academia. Many dualities think that since their CGPA in first semester is sky high, they have been assured of their desired branch and start living by the BITSian ideology of ‘LITE’. This can be a fatal mistake, as countless dualites will testify.

MYTH 4: NOT JOINING ANY CLUBS OR DEPARTMENTS WILL LET ME FOCUS ON ACADEMICS.

There have been people who shone academically even after being in five or six different clubs or departments, and people who have failed miserably despite being in no club or department. One must wisely gauge what they like, and choose the club or department of one’s choice.

These are forums not meant for work and recreation alone, but you may also develop some of your closest friends within a club or a department. Choose wisely. Or if you’re dead confused, go for all inductions, get into all/most of them and stay in those you love. The extent of involvement in extra and co curricular activities also depends on a person’s skills and interests. A performing club takes up a lot of students’ time because it requires the performer to deliver quality (ahem ahem) performances. A lot of clubs prepare for 8-10 hours at a stretch and call you at odd hours for rehearsals. But many people manage it. If you have a way of working things out, joining clubs and departments is your call, and if you’re confused, join DoJMA

(wink wink).

MYTH 5: I WILL JUST STUDY FOR THE FIRST YEAR, AND ENJOY COLLEGE LIFE LATER.

BITSians make great story-tellers, because they tend to exaggerate, complain and make mountains out of molehills. Most dualites have this in mind as freshmen but their notion changes with time.

One can choose two paths here, the difficult one and the more difficult one. The difficult one involves disciplining oneself. A student can manage whatever he or she is doing by planning and disciplining himself or herself, but that doesn’t really mean he or she has to forego everything. First year of college is beautiful; it changes you from within (you’ll start complaining. A lot.) and transforms you into a new person.

However, CGPA is very important for everyone. It is quite difficult not to sway too much from the focal point equilibrating about academics, friends and yourself, but you have to learn to keep yourself in balance and happy.

MYTH 6: I WILL GET 9+ CGPA JUST TO BE SURE

Firstly, a 9+ CG is not easy to attain and who wouldn’t want that. While it is a wonderful thing to have, don’t sacrifice other activities Keeping your CGPA on the higher side opens up a world of opportunities for you, but make sure you don’t lose out on the different flavours of college life in the pursuit of academic excellence.