I, Sumaiya Rahman, am a student of GWDD(2nd Sem) and my small world in Arena Animation, Park Street was limited in the Pinocchio Lab (our classroom) until the institute planned an activity based on FIFA World Cup, 2018.
Before going any further, I would like to say that this blog is not to hurt any individual; this is purely what I felt as a student of APS. Stay till the end to share a part of my experience.
The activity was all about craft and painting where every student contributed according to their capabilities.
It was just another activity like GWDD(2nd Sem) monthly activities (have a look at our previous activities here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=179172706238564&set=oa.1562464103877118&type=3&theater&ifg=1 | check our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4zwKMtQFh0&t=198s ), nothing special about it, students doing craft works, others painting, teachers guiding, casual-usual-normal. If you are thinking this, then you are WRONG! THIS WAS A SPECIAL ONE. This was a learning session for all of us. This was a genuine, perfect collaboration of the students of Arena Animation, Park Street.
The activity started on the first working day of the week and continued that whole week. I joined the team a day later, early morning and started working on the background of the miniature football field that was in progress. Along with me was other students.
Being from the same course they all knew each other very well while momentarily I felt confused. The coldness in the ambience was difficult for me to tackle in the beginning. An approach to start a conversation seemed to be an impossible task. All the boys out there, now I understand your problem.. I guess it is all about striking a conversation with someone you don’t really know, and here gender doesn’t matter. Eventually I started asking them about the work done the previous day. Slowly and gradually topics flooded in and we kept talking. When the image was kept in front of us, we all shared our respective ideas to execute. But the first thing I concluded was to have a rough planning of the whole project handed over to us. That was the time when the ice finally broke and we all became a proper team.
Co-ordination was a big problem at first since we all were newly made team, unaware of each other’s way of working and nature. Also, the ideas or the planning done to execute the project seemed to fail one after the other. After discussion we agreed on a common solution and started working on it.
We all have heard “Slow and steady wins the race.”
But here we had to be fast and steady which was a tricky job. It was as if the time has decided to run faster than ever, taking out all it’s grudge on us, the innocent people.
One thing that I learned is “back-up”, whether that be objects or man-power. There were times when I wanted to shout at people because of their behavior. Few experiments didn’t turn out to be as I expected. Other team members were panicking because of blunders made by the rest. But instead I decided to keep myself and them calm, discussed with them and found out a solution. The saying “every problem has a solution” saved me that day.
The week acted as a mirror to me, showing me my loop-holes, weaknesses and strength. Along with working the whole time, I could also evaluate myself, giving me a scope to add the missing factors to become a 360 degree professional. Time-management, man-management, proper instant planning, dealing with the unexpected troubles, and lots more are now added to my bucket list of improvement.
Never the less, the week had been one of the most joyful, jolly, interactive, and not less than a festival for the whole institute. Now when I look at the project kept on the table in third floor, hall room, all those giggles and gossips, shouting and laughing, planning and painting, finding and managing comes to me as a flashback of golden times of one’s life. We, Arena Animation, Park Street students would love to encounter such an activity in future where the main motive is to build memories and relations. This year, FIFA World Cup 2018 has united APS.
Well, alas! If there is one person whose presence felt to be mandatory to me was our very own Singham (our mentor Somnath Sir). That one day showed me how much we became dependent on him, his scolding and his threatening to make us complete our work in time. Somewhere, his presence would have refined our quality of work, saving us the time and resources we wasted.
But then, a true mentor set the soldiers free when they are ready for the war.
Here is a sneak-peek of our activity..