Working vs Studying

I’m almost at the end of my tenure of summer training aka internship at one of the best IT companies around here. Frankly speaking, it has been a very rewarding experience so far. In these two months:

  • I feel like I’ve learned about a semester’s worth in just two months.
  • I learnt about how to process”Internet-scale data”. And it’s more than just Terabytes; we’re talking of Petabytes here, aka thousands and thousands of Terabytes of data. That means, where the mankind is now in terms of technology of massive data processing. It has proved to be a very interesting and enlightening experience. I kind of now feel that I have a teensy slightly broader view of the world around me.
  • The second part of the internship involved web programming using cutting-edge Javascript technologies like node.js and Websockets. I had zero experience with ANYTHING related to web programming, and now I can atleast look at them. That’s an enormous plus.

In these few weeks, I have almost gotten used to this new lifestyle and brand new environment. However, college is going to open soon. So I need to force myself back to my old ways, taking this as a breath of fresh air. And I need to do that. I decided a while ago that I won’t take up a job after my graduation unless absolutely necessary. But this is quite alluring, in fact. Must not fall for that.

For work:

  • Finish your work for the day and go home.
  • Work doesn’t usually follow you home, except under rare circumstances. That means do what you want when you get home; no need to prepare for exams etc. (Uh oh, that’s a very tempting thing.)
  • For me, the commuting time got halved during this time… And I know that I’ll feel very irritated when I started commuting to university again…
  • For me, the project leaders have been very understanding and liberal. Thank you, Senpai and Sir!
  • You get even more breadth of knowledge rather than depth.

PS. There are other and perhaps not-so-good aspects too, which are not to be forgotten or ignored.

For uni:

  • You get more in-depth knowledge when you study more.
  • You can prepare better for the future. More knowledge means more preparedness for whatever comes your way. Knowledge is power.
  • You are bound by the routine classes.
  • For me, it takes ~3 hours every day to commute. And if I miss a class, I have a very hard time catching up…

Still, I would say one should study for as long as possible. Why? Simple. The more knowledge a person has, and the more varied it is, that person can have a larger view of the world around him. I kind of feel that Bachelor’s degrees are meant to give people breadth-first knowledge. And Masters and PhD are for depth. And both are important.

On a personal note, there was this subject called Humanities in our first semester, comprising of English and Social Science. All my batchmates were “Meh, WTF is this stupid subject!” Even the teacher was like “Oh well, these guys won’t have any use of it anyway…” I feel those subjects are important too. Why? Simple. Better perspective. They help in the long run. But most people seem to not realise that. Sad.

My little brother is going for such a thing too, a Maths-only-oriented course. I hope he’ll study other subjects too. I think I’ll make him do it. Simply because of the fact that wider perspective matters. A lot.

Now that I think about it, the post name is misleading. Oh well. Time to get back to studying for N3, and clearing the fansubbing backlog bit by bit.

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