Being a science student is really tough. The problem with it is there is only a bunch of Ranchos who will be really passionate about science, but the rest of us have to survive it like Raju and Farhaan. For starters, you have to deal with a lot of pressure from parents and society since science is what most students are forced to take. Things have slowly begun to change but till a few years ago, making our parents understand that humanities or commerce streams exist and are viable options was a no-go. “Acche students Science hi lete hain”, is a sentence you’ve probably heard more than once before.
And once you are in the coveted science stream, what follows is a series of rigorous tests, pre-tests, pre-exam tests and more tests. The drilling never stops. Once you are a science student, you really don’t have a choice but to live through it.
So here’s an ode to all the broken test tubes, the burns from Bunsen burners, FML-practicals and to not understanding a word of way to many theorem classes – here are 11 things only a Science student can relate:
1. Regret, Regret and Regret!
If you have taken the subject due to parental/peer pressure or just because it’ll be a cool tag to be a ‘Science geek’, one or two classes and you’ll want out. All science is rocket science, my friend.
2. Oh! The Feels
While you may enjoy the movies like ‘Goodwill Hunting”, “The Imitation Game” or “A Beautiful Mind” but nobody will understand the feels of “3 Idiots” better than you.
3. What Just Happened?
This will be your signature sentence in the classes. Great! You are getting the whole molarity and molality situation, but add normality to it, and there’s no “normality” in your life. You’ll be fazed at how quickly Science fails you! Your life will be like Forrest Gump, only good at running *winks*
4. Good Cop/Bad Cop
The theoretical bit would be at times boring but once you enter the labs, ah! no matter how much you try and hate it, you will fall in love with the titration, beetroot experiments, and finding salts. Of course, it’ll drive you crazy when the colour during the titration is either not-too pink or too pink. But once you get it, that is an insurmountable feat.
5. You Betrayed Me, Physics!
When you take science stream, there is at least one silver lining that you have your strong subject at hand aka Physics. But take a look at people hogging the enormous volumes of Pradeep, you will lose all your self-confidence. It goes from “Woah! Best subject ever” to “one more alpha, beta, gamma and I’m done”
6. No ‘Chemistry’ with Chemistry
There will be no bond – neither covalent nor ionic with Chemistry. Your years will pass impressing Chemistry but it won’t bond with you for nothin! It’ll jump from non-reactive to highly volatile but never neutral. Life is nothing but a Bunsen burner, folks.
Nope. STILL CANNOT.
8. Would You Stop With The Show-off?
No seriously. There are only 3 types of students – toppers, IIT/medical hogs, and those who have no idea of what’s going on. The toppers only mingle with other toppers. Life is a book for them and they are having fun nailing each and every chapter. Then there are IIT/Medical hogs who will only talk jargon. HC Verma is the love of their life.
And then there are the rest of us, who are stuck between the two and have no idea where life is sailing.
9. There Is No Escape
Parents and the world keep assuring things will get better and studying science will pay off! But okay, school check, Bsc. (H) check, MSc check, even PhD. Check but for god’s sake, where are the rewards?
10. Plans? FTW.
Jealousy will overtake you, my friend, once you see your friends having fun after classes but your schedule is always more packed than cheap sardines. And it isn’t just regular classes you have to worry about – the fun begins post that when you have to hog those chapters and makes proper lab files because #JustScienceThings
P.S. Lab files with blue and black pens? Like, Am I 10 or something?
11. Engineer or Doctor or Scientist?
The next time you’re going to ask me this, trust me, I will send the dad from Taken to hunt you down. No, I am not going to be any of this because I have decided to be a serial killer. Still, wanna ask questions?
Do you relate? Tell us in the comments section below.