February 7, 2021
It is always interesting to visit a new country although many experience culture shock once they arrive at their desired destination. Even when we read about a new travel destination, living the experience can become a little more challenging than one expected it to be. Some cultures will be completely different than yours and the way of life can be a little shocking too. So, how does one go about embracing a new culture? Whether he/she will be visiting somewhere on holiday or for longer — a temporary or permanent move — tolerance and understanding are key. The ability to keep an open mind and embrace differences are essential. This year, with the motive to bridge the gap between various skills, various cultures and to develop the ability to keep an open mind and the skill of adaptability, BESC SETU welcomed the incoming batch of 2020-21 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at sharp 4pm via Zoom meetings at its Induction.
The induction process began with the collective representatives greeting the first years in different languages to build up the friendly atmosphere. Followed by the greet was the segment of past experiences, wherein the student members of SETU from the batch of 2020 came in and shared their experiences and enlightenment received in SETU. This segment began with the ex-representative of SETU, Mrigank Agarwal sharing why SETU was formed and how it was formed before stating his personal experiences and the communication skills that he was able to develop because of it. Followed by Mrigank, was another student Kirti Soni who shared her experience of being one of the few to get selected to be a part of Korean Language Speech Contest of King Sejong Institute. Next up was Yash Chamariya, another ex-student who explained the differences and similarities in culture he witnessed while interacting with students from different parts of India and America.
In the next segment, Prof. Dilip Shah, Dean of Student Affairs, BESC spoke briefly on the importance of studying abroad, the way ahead for students wanting to pursue masters, the ideas that can be executed, and in the end the essence of being a collective. He aptly spoke on how the collective means to come together and organise for each other instead of demanding something to be organised.
Following this, the upcoming plans for SETU were elaborated by the collective representatives, wherein they spoke about having Group Discussions every month, organising virtual events with other nations and cleared the doubts regarding Korean Classes.
Next up was the ice breaking session, wherein each student member present explained themselves in one or more words. One common adjective that resounded was “Shy and Introvert”. The ice breaking session also included Kirti Soni, singing a few korean songs, with others. The session also included students coming up with new topics for group discussions and various new ideas.
The end of the ice breaking session was marked by the famous cheer of “Hey BESC, What’s Up!”
Overall, the Induction process was fun and highly interactive with the 90 students present stating it as one of the best inductions attended and the “Shy and Introvert” ones realising that they broke their initial fear of speaking in public during the ice breaking session.
The collective representatives who spoke during the Induction were Soniya Yadav, Satyam Kumar Arya and Kashish Burman.
STUDENTS SHARE SKILLS INDUCTION
February 9, 2021
Students Share Skills is a platform where one can share their skills and consequently acquire new skills in a friendly atmosphere where those who impart and those who learn are both students. The induction was conducted online on 9th February, 2021 from 3:30 PM via Zoom under the guidance of Prof. Dilip Shah who was assisted by a student representative- Nehal Mehta.
We are living in times where any skill if honed well could lead us to a profession which could also turn out and still be our passion. Here, students may expose themselves to a multitude of opportunities that may launch them into avenues that they may or may not have imagined. This leads us to the tagline of the collectives “Limitless Possibilities”.
Prof. Dilip Shah introduced the concept of SSS and took inputs from students as to what skills they think that youngsters would like to learn or impart. Going down, Prof. Dilip Shah and Nehal listed down many such out of the box skills which can be acquired in the college namely stock trading, beat boxing, chess, self-defence, designing, guitar, magic, video editing, cooking, foreign languages and so on. Presently we are offering 34 areas of skill building from where a student can choose a maximum of two skills to learn at a time.
Thus, the collective holds out a possibility that a keen student may well pass out with a lot more learning than just the stream they had signed up for.
“It is possible to fly without motors but not without knowledge and skill.”
So, let us use our imagination so that our possibilities become limitless realities. This collective is the wind beneath your wings.
Nehal Mehta and Ankush Ghosh.