Hello everyone! This is my first blog where I would like to share my journey so far in GWDD (Graphics Web Designing & Development), 2nd Semester.
The true value of an asset is realized when we lose the asset. As far as I was doing a job I didn’t understand what contribution it had in my life. After working for 5 years in a telecommunication company, I lost the job when the company collapsed, leaving us jobless overnight. I reached a state of null void which seemed endless and infinite. I was clueless about the next steps in my career. But I knew I had to work for my family, not just any work but something where I could give my heart and passion. Since I started working from the college days, I didn’t get time to upgrade any other skills. Thus, I knew at first I have to update my technical skills in a very short span of time. That’s why I went for the suggestion by my brother and took up GWDD in Arena Animation, Park Street.
The reason to take this course was to get a job at the end of it, by any means. Our classes started with first semester. When it started, classes were just for two hours a day, thrice a week, as it should be. I knew my destination but not how to reach the destination. I worked but mostly I spent times with friends, not taking studies seriously. I really miss that life and the fun I used to have. Why? Because now , that life is nothing but a mirage to me.
At the end of first semester i got information that we will be sent to another faculty for 2nd Semester, to the man who was famous for his rude and tough nature, words he used and most importantly, his success in building up a student’s future. His reputation always preceded him. He was none other than Singham ( Somnath Sir). When our whole batch was ready and we had a small session with him. I cannot express what I felt like that day. We all were scared and nervous. Since my communication skills are not so good, I was afraid even more about how I would answer his questions. As the classes started, I took some time to get used to the class timings, working principles and environment. Every second I lived in the threat of getting scolded or committing a mistake. Slowly, sir explained me my faults and analyzed me. He told me to work on important areas and other loop holes I had. He told me to work for myself and not just to complete the syllabus. When I understood why I had to take the pressure or work so hard on my assignments I started working on them wholeheartedly. After spending the whole day in classes I still got home tasks which I had to complete after returning home late night. It became difficult to adjust with the late night working hours and waking up early in the morning. But with time I got accustomed to the new routine and loads of work. Of course, the pressure I took wasn’t for my teacher, my friends or anyone else. It was for me and my bright future. It was for the dream and the battle I was fighting to leave the null void behind and start a new life.
The best part of this semester is the changes I went through. I heard a lot of stories about other’s experiences. Now that I feel them myself, I understood the real taste of it. Sitting in a position for hours wasn’t something I could do before. But now , the coding keeps me engaged for hours and I don’t even realize time passing by. Gradually I learned to calm my mind and think before acting. I learned to organize my thoughts, my life, and also my folder system. Our classes became self-sufficient with the fun and entertainment right inside the classroom, among my batch mates. I have to agree, that they were as refreshing as productive and informative. Whether it be monthly activity or monthly seminar, Pinocchio Lab (our classroom) has always presented me with a gift and teachings that changed me as a person. I know I have a long way to go. But now, I have started enjoying walking on this path and know that this will lead me to my destination.
Sumaiya Rahman, GWDD-Plus, 2nd Semester, Arena Animation, Park Street
After a long time, typing to share own experiences is a different feeling altogether. This is not the last blog I am going to write, but definitely one of the most important and longest one till date.
No one can take what Arena Animation ,Park Street has given me. I am not that proud of my college life or never built any special moment there to cherish later. After third year I gave up on the thought of making good, fun memories in educational life or even later. Somehow, I was struggling to build my career and the rest seemed secondary. If I say that my first semester was boring I would be wrong. I did make many new friends and participated in events. But that became common when I came to 2nd Semester of my course. It took me time to adjust to the new ambiance, discipline, routine and lots more. Slowly and gradually I got used to it. And now, at present, thinking of leaving everything I am living here is a nightmare.
The first and foremost thing that Pinocchio lab (classroom of 2nd Sem) has given me is a family of six, not by blood but by relation. And I hope to carry forward that as long as possible. I agree that we fight, we get mad at each other, we stop talking, show our craziness, and sometimes unintentionally hurt. But we stick together and make it till the end.
Here, let me talk about one of the most interesting character of the family. He is renowned as Singham (Sir Somnath Chakraborty) and for a reason. He is that alchemist who brewed the elixir out of us. For me he is that “Silent Guardian” who protected us and made us who we are.
Yes, he gave us home tasks which took us sleepless nights to finish, assignments for which we had to work continuously for 5 to 6 hours without a break. That gave me an opportunity to start with a job in a company as Web Designer after I got selected in the machine test and personal Interview round. But it is here, in the same lab that we learned to upgrade ourselves everyday to become better than yesterday. And so, I upgraded to Digital Marketing to become a complete package before stepping out.
So now I know I am standing where I should be.
This reminds me of my first day in APS. I was sent to Rhythm Lab (our first classroom) and I noticed a wall painting, big enough to be looked at by all the people present in the room. It had a saying, “I may not have landed up where I wanted to be… but I have landed up where I needed to be”. First few days I took time to understand what it really meant. Being from Math background somewhere I still found ways to go back there. But today, while typing these lines I know and can say it proudly that I have landed up where I needed to be.
In my previous blogs I have already spoke about the monthly seminars and activities that we conduct, the lessons they taught, and benefits I received. Co-ordinating the activities and seminars not only taught me to organize the team but also myself which had an impact on my personal life too. In the movie “Spiderman” I still remember a dialogue,
“With great power comes great responsibilities..”
But in my case, my responsibilities helped me to discover the inner power I never realized I had.
Whenever the albums of those events got posted and the alumni commented, I could never understand what they missed when looking at those pictures. But today, when it is time for me to pass on the activity box to the next generation of Pinocchio Lab, hand over the “Satta” I can feel how painful and nostalgic it must be for them. And now it is like I want to collect as many sea-shells of memories as possible before leaving the lab forever.
Four walls make a classroom. The bonding between the students and the teachers of that class make it lively and a second home for each one.
After I leave, everything will be the same, the chairs, the monitors, the CPU’s, the floor, the walls. New people will take over my responsibilities, curriculum will proceed as they should. A new chapter will begin with new stories. And just like me, the lab will again start making new fighters. But my life will change for good, and with everything I got from here I’ll set out for another journey to another destination.
Life moves on, time goes by. After all, no one in this world is indispensable.
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Sattwik Banerjee, GWDD (2nd Sem), Arena Animation, Park Street
Hello readers! I am Sattwik Banerjee and it’s been near about 2 months since I started my GWDD 2nd sem in Arena Animation, Park Street. I am writing this blog to share my story of transformation from 1st sem to 2nd sem.
“Untill you don’t share your story,
There is no value for that kind of life story.”
After the miracle of birth and facing the light of earth there are lots of unknown things which we all have to face and learn. Gradually we all get accustomed to every unknown thing. This became a common question in life that after taking the traditional education, and then graduation, ‘What next in this life of rat race?’ Everybody chooses traditional line but choosing GWDD in APS is just like “ Zarasa Hatke ” career option.
When the time was very close to the end of my graduation, the most disturbing question came in my mind, “now what next?”. At that time it was a very critical decision to go for right options along with dealing with questions like ”how could I get a job very quickly?”. After searching for the answer everywhere I decided to take GWDD (Graphics, Web Design And Development) course. My well wisher suggested me the name of “Arena Animation, Park Street” for taking the admission. Even though I had no idea or knowledge about this field, I got some positive vibes from inside which encouraged me to go for it. In my First semester I was under Saptarshi Sir, and after that Sayani Ma’am. I learned mostly everything about graphics in 1st semester. That time was like soft cloud nature , floating in air however I want but it didn’t take much days to turn the tables.
At the time of ending 1st sem I heard so many rumors like “Ek Bar Jake Dekho, Puri Duniya Ghum Jayegi” and more such things. Though they scared me initially, it also made me eager to experience the journey. We four students were going in “Pinocchio Lab” with our ma’am at the end of our 1st sem class. Suddenly, the atmosphere turned from Arena Park Street to “Jurassic Park”, throat became dry , chairs were shaking , lots of atomic questions were coming to us & blasted in mind. We all faced those questions like cricket shots :“Front Foot Cut” ,” Hook ” ,” On Side Slog ” ,”Cover Drive” ,” Square Cut ” , “Helicopter ” shots. We all introduced ourselves with brief description. Sir knew me as “Jomdut”(In english “King of Death”), credit goes to a drama “Jomalaye Jibonto Manush” in which I played the role of that character in APS Spring festival.
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After that day three consecutive days we had orientation classes, we all had been getting ideas about our course , class system , rules & regulation , discipline , manner, way of talking, etc . Unexpectedly, one day we had senior and freshers orientation programe . Somnath Sir introduced us with seniors & talked about seniors’ perfection , duty , process of work and lots more. Seniors gave all of us a surprise gift that we liked. They made us feel special in their way and we felt more enjoyable in the room than before. In this room “I” got replaced by “we”, a team , a bondage . After that we all got some lone time to talk with seniors . All of them are very responsible , dutiful, sharing their experience with us, told us about the rumors, class system , how to present work to sir, in short, a trailer of our upcoming journey .The day ended well with a ‘group-fie’ (Group photograph)
Finally, after one day sir started our classes . Under his guidance we got more involved in this course . Each new day we learned a new lesson. All of us are really motivated with each passing day.
I am really fortunate to be a part of GWDD family , everyone helped us in every aspect . And we got our Singham Sir(Somnath sir) in “Pinocchio Lab”(our classroom).
And now, I believe:
“If you want to see the world, you have to be GWDDIAN and not a frog in a well.”
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Deepshikha De ( 2nd Sem GWDD )Arena Animation,Park Street.
Hello everyone, my name is Deepshikha De. I am a 2nd semester student of GWDD at Arena Animation,Park Street. Along with this I am also pursuing a graduation course in Mass Communication from St. Xavier’s College .This is my first blog. I would like to share my experience as an almost two month GWDDian of the second semester.
After finishing my first semester, there was an orientation program where Sayoni Ma’am (1st sem teacher) handed us over to Somnath Sir.(Our 2nd sem teacher/mentor popularly Known as Singham ) Honestly we had heard a lot about our “ Singham ”, we had heard he was strict and the only way to please him was by completing all the work he assigns on time. All this was true, but we also discovered Sir had a keen sense of humor , he always encouraged us to enjoy our lives. We were inspired by Sir as he told us of all the students who have transformed their lives. We realized with hard work and determination, we can also go on to do well and achieve our goals in life .Our seniors were also very friendly and helpful, they helped us to get accustomed to this course. We learnt a very valuable lesson from the seniors, they always did their work in harmony, and there is a sense of co-operation and unity among them, which is very essential for us as well.
Our seminars are a lot of fun too, sometimes our stomachs hurt from laughing. One incident that stood out was the “interview”. In our workshop, we were all being made to give our interviews to Sir, it was a nail biting experience, but it prepared us for what will come later in our life. Although I missed our first activity, I was lucky to be part of the second one. It was a great experience to work as a team in harmony to honor the brave soldiers who gave up their lives so we could have a better life. We celebrated Kargil Vijay Divas with a lot of pride as proud Indian.
I get inspiration from my class mates, they wake up at ungodly hours and travel such long distances to attend classes, they motivate me . Our love for samosa , elaichi chai and group discussions have increased in the past two months. Some of my bad habits has also reduced marginally. I don’t bite my nails anymore, at least not in front of Sir. I have stopped slouching while typing , I have learned to stop interrupting someone while they are speaking. I have also discovered I love html so much more than Flash. (Thank God Flash is redundant in my field.)I am working harder, at first I thought handling college and web designing together would be impossible, but I have learnt the art of time management. The most important lesson I have learnt is that failing is much better than not trying, so we don’t lose any more, either we win or we learn.
I have also noticed how reluctant our seniors are to quit ”Pinocchio Lab” they were very upset. Well, we can’t freeze time, one day we will be in our senior’s position, till then all we can do is live in the now and enjoy our ”today” in Pinocchio Lab .
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Sumaiya Rahman, GWDD 2nd Sem, Arena Animation, Park Street.
Greetings to every eye on the screen! I, Sumaiya Rahman, GWDD (2nd Sem) student have been sharing my experiences through blogs for a long time now. Whether it be a seminar or journey so far, whether it be an event or self-improvement, I have been sharing every ounce of it in these blank spaces of the screen (I would have said blank pages if it was not digital).
This time I behold an experience like no-other, gems more valuable than Kohinoor, ethics and morals which make us fit for industry (Get a glimpse here). Pinocchio Lab (our classroom) has a unique way to transfer these into us. And that unique way is called “Seminar & Workshop” (Click here to experience another such a seminar). Why am I calling it a unique way? You’ll soon find out if you stick with me till the end.
Saturdays are always special with some event going on. Similarly, last Saturday (relative to the time when I am typing this) i.e. 14th July, 2018 I witnessed a seminar and workshop most “hatke” (different) from others. The day started with photo shoot and I discovered my hidden talent and hidden affection for camera. When the clock struck 11AM, we all settled down in respective places and waited for Singham (Somnath Sir) to start with the presentation. Before starting anything he gave us a small hint of what is lying ahead along with keeping a bundle of suspense wrapped in white papers on the table, clearly visible to all. What a man!!!! Were we supposed to concentrate on his speech? Or the bundle ? But I tell you, as the seminar proceeded and he started speaking, every word seemed to be a capsule, a remedy for what lacks in us.
The first half went smoothly when we were on the comfortable seat and sir stood there, speaking endlessly. And then after a short time, suddenly the chairs turned to a hot seat and the ambience became heavier than ever.
In the trial interview that occurred we all realized how much more effort we still need to put. Some questions we could answer and some we couldn’t. But most importantly we understood the mental state we have to go through before an interview. Each minute passed by like an hour when we were waiting for our turn. Even though the interview was over, tension stayed back, probably waiting for the results. It was like a mock test in which we scored 40% but got to learn 200%.
The air became lighter when MAHAGURU ( Mr.Ramesh Ruia Sir ) entered and took a session. Suddenly the room was filled with positive vibes and a smile spread on each of our faces. He shared his experiences as an interview candidate and then as a recruiter as well, which gave us a broader idea of the whole system. Well, that didn’t last long. It was then time for unfolding the bundle of suspense kept on the table. When curiosity was at it’s peak we finally opened the papers and found team names with members and tasks written on it. We all sighed and went back to machines to execute the work. Suddenly, the known computers were strangers to us and we felt like we are sitting in another place we’ve never visited before. (Enjoy The Video Here)
The whole day took us one step closer to the job I believe. It was a part of our preparations and I’ll say the most important one, without which we would never be “Job Ready”. One by one, all the sessions left a long lasting impact on our minds. It taught us to be prepared for the unexpected, to handle the pulse when everything around you is going wrong. Technically we can still reach the benchmark. But it’ll be of no use if we cannot execute on the final day, i.e. the interview day. And thus, to prepare your mind not to get knock out under such tension is a big thing that we still need to learn. As said by our dear sir, now we know,
“Hope for the best. But, be prepared for the worst”.
Arindam Bhowmick, 2nd Sem, GWDD, Arena Animation, Park Street
” Confidence comes from discipline and training. “
Hello readers! I am back again with another experience of seminar & workshop based on job placement & interview I recently attended on 14th July 2018, Saturday. Speaking of seminar, you might be thinking I had gone through lots of lectures. Well only one way to find out. So, let’s get started !
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I was very much excited about this seminar & workshop to happen while it started with a bang by our mentor SINGHAM (Sir Somnath Chakraborty ) kept a bundle of suspense in some pieces of folded paper including an interview trial. We weren’t that much scared nor excited. We all were secretly whispering to figure out what’s going to happen.
The first half of seminar started with the importance of interview and what we should follow to get placed. There were many important things like behavior and mind set I have to set if I want a job. There were many common things we really don’t follow in order to lead a comfortable life. But what is it? That’s like cutting out my own branch I am sitting on it. I really like learning something with fun and interactively. Guess what, this was the perfect seminar for me.
” It’s not just about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen. Do it!!! “
The second half of the seminar was interview session. We were called and gave trial of an actual interview that we will face in the job interview. By this session we really felt we are still not enough whether it’s small or big mistakes we can’t answer. Answering questions wasn’t the real motive of acting in the interview it also includes our body language and our voice tones. Interview is not a piece of a cake whether you are confident in your theory or practical. It includes your 360-degree performance judged by interviewer that you are fit for the job or not.
” My attitude, not my aptitude determines my altitude. “
In between the seminar we got a surprise visit of our MAHAGURU (Sir Ramesh Ruia). He started with his advisory session with great suggestions and importance on job interview. It was very informative how he really explained the process he has gone through and some of his experiences. He really made some of the things very clear to us which gave an extra advantage to this seminar.
Check our moments in this seminar in the link below: –
At last but not the least bundle suspense exposed without guessing about it we were divided into 5 teams to give machine test. We were being assigned tasks along with respective team members. We were given a limited time to finish tasks. We were nervous but we worked together as different teams to execute the tasks. This Machine Test was an important lesson for me to check technical skills that includes the work pressure, planning and the deadline of the product.
” Imagine – Invent – Inspire “
Check out the video of our workshop in the link below: –
This was a memorable seminar for me and also a desirable experience working together with classmates. After this seminar and workshop, I am transforming myself from the one I was before.
” Whatever the mind can conceive & believe it can achieve. “
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