Look at you all, all grown up, got into IITs and stuff, how cute! I need to address you all directly. So, let’s talk about a few things. Okay?
Can you please not ask random seniors to clear the doubts you have in certain courses? A section of the senior population called AM’s would be more suited for these purpose. I’m not asking you to stop asking questions, please do if you have general doubts. But just because I studied Electromagnetism during JEE, and first-year, it doesn’t mean I’m happy to be curling my damn fingers for no reason. You’re on your own on this one.
Can you not call seniors sirs/madams? There are a few reasons for this. Look, frankly, many seniors aren’t deserving of the title. On a more serious note, many prefer to be called by surnames or firstnames. If you address me as ‘Reang’, I might even consider curling my fingers for your damn Electromagnetic mess. How would you feel if I addressed you as “chote” for no reason? 1
Contrary to popular belief, seniors are generally not as wise as you’d think. They are a bunch of 20 year olds, who just wish to get high, have a good life, and maintain a decent work-life balance. Almost everyone is as clueless as you are. If someone comes across as a human being who has everything sorted – academics, internships, social life, mental health, and other shit that comes up during early twenties, respect them. If not out of genuine concern for the person at least as a homage to their acting skills.
Please don’t put “vending machines” in your election manifesto. This is a sincere request. You may write, “I’ll set up unicorn zoo on campus”, but nothing about them “vending machines.” If you don’t have anything genuine to write in your manifesto, don’t run for the election. It’s as simple as that.
The preceding four paragraphs are important. I’ll add more paragraphs as things come to my mind. I told myself, for no reason, that I shall try to put out one article every week. This article is a baby step toward that.
Personally, I’m okay with whatever you address me as, so long as I know you’re addressing me for whatever reason. ↩