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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Jasmine Kankaria,GWDD,2ND SEM, Arena Animation,Park Street.
Hello readers! I am Jasmine Kankaria and I am writing this blog to share my journey in Arena Animation,Park Street. This is my 1st blog ever, so please do give it a read!
I am currently studying BBA (Hons.) from JDBI . And since I always had interest in Graphics and Web Design , I decided to join Arena Animation ,Park Street. In my 1st sem I learnt graphic designing under Deepak Sir. The 8 months there was fun and knowledgeable.
So just like any normal day I entered the class and he told me that he would take me to Somnath Sir and my 2nd Sem would begin immediately, on top of that I was the only student in the batch then so I had mixed emotions running of fear and excitement. Then we entered the famous “Pinocchio Lab” and Sir greeted me very warmly and took my orientation class, explaining me how my 8 months journey would unfold. He also explained me about the rules and regulations to be followed and was ready to solve all my doubts with a smile.
My first day of 2nd Sem at Arena Animation. Park Street had a great meaning to me. It was the beginning of my dream to be a successful graphic & web designer and developer. I had so many emotions running through me, that of excitement as it was the first class of the semester ,and most importantly eagerness to experience the transformation that I knew was bound to happen because I was told that I would learn under Somnath Sir, who was a very strict and senior teacher and popularly known as SINGHAM which also made me a little nervous.
Later, some of my friends also joined my batch and we became a team. Then we had freshers where we interacted with some of our seniors who were very helpful and friendly and spoke to us about their journey here. They welcomed us lovingly and told us that we were now a part of the GWDD family, which created an invisible bond between us.
Though not much time has passed in this Sem, still I have undergone some positive changes in me. Like, I have become more punctual, organised and focused in my work. I also learnt something, “The pain of discipline is lesser than the pain of regret.”. I know this for sure that if I inculcate these positive habits in future, it will act as a ladder for my success.
Now, my dream of becoming self-independent and making my near and dear ones proud seems possible and this mission has got a proper shape and direction. However, this could only be possible under the guidance of a mentor like Somnath Sir.
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
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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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Salina Marandi, GWDD, 2nd SEM, ARENA ANIMATION, PARK STREET
Hello everyone, I am Salina Marandi, a student of Arena Animation, Park Street. It’s been two months since I started a new journey as a student of GWDD (Graphics, Web Design & Development) 2nd Sem. And I am writing my first blog to share my experience till now with you all.
In July 2017, I became the part of Arena Animation, Park Street. I joined GWDD course with a firm motive to make my dreams come true, to be independent. The 1st semester classes were very fine and I was happy to receive the classes given to us. Our faculty taught us the software with proper guidance and solved our queries with care and patience. But now I have realized that just by attending classes, learning the software tools, being a self-centered person will not be enough to achieve what I ever wanted to.
And this realization came when a new chapter was unfoldedin my life. One fine day on 2nd June 2018, I came to my 1stSemester class, after few minutes our faculty told us,
“Time to go to 3rd floor, Pinocchio Lab”.
All of a sudden we started preparing ourselves for the introductory meeting, wearing ID card, turning mobile to silent mode, wishing each other good luck. As we all knew, we will be meeting the famous person known for discipline and regularity in Arena Animation, Park Street , Somnath Sir.
My first introduction with Sir was very “ darise hmisi” .And why not?Meeting the ‘SINGHAM’ of Arena Animation, Park Street for the first time.Additionally heard so many-rumors about him. I was as meek as a lamb. But towards the end of the meeting I was confirmed that to be a part of this lab and to achieve success, hard work and proper planning is very essential.
Our three days orientation taken by our mentor was genuinely an enlightening experience. I built self-confidence within me. Those days were the self-evaluation days, very much needed before proceeding in this course.Again giving me a realization that it’s I who can build my future and destroy my future too.
Our seniors have always been an inspiration to us with their team unity, confidence and straightforwardness towards their dream job.
The after class group discussion with the seniors and with my team members have turned out to be a fruitful one. Spending quality time with my team members, learning team coordination, helping each other in need was never a part of me but now it holds a great importance in my life.
The last two months have honestly brought a lot of change in me. It has taught me to be patience with my work, proper planning, time management, research, carry positive attitude everywhere and to be happy with the work that we do. I remember our mentor stated in one of the orientation days that,
“Aaj se 8 mahino baad tum apne aapko dekhkar yakin nahi kar paoge ki tum pehle kyathe or ab kya ho.”
I belief this whole statement, when there is a change in me within 2 months, then I am ready for more changes in me in the upcoming 6 months.
My life in Pinocchio Lab is going well and it will go well too. As the negative blockage from my mind and heart is slowly fading away. My dreams are visible now. And my motive has been inspired and motivated again to take real actions.
Thank you everyone, that’s all I have to write. And soon I will be back again in my next blog with interesting and exciting topics. Till then be positive and spread positivity Goodbye!
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Arindam Bhowmick, 2nd Sem, GWDD, Arena Animation, Park Street
Hello readers! I am back with my another piece of experience in GWDD PLUS journey in Arena Animation, Park Street. Hopefully it will put an impact on all of you and help to learn from my mistakes. If you haven’t checked my experience on internship, then check out the link below: –
Only 1 month left to complete this course. Now I feel lucky to choose this course to achieve my dream job as Graphics and Web Designer. GWDD taught me so many lessons which really helped me a lot to overcome challenges which might have been impossible for me to manage. Working as a Design Intern I really like doing graphics design but it’s not easy enough to manage web programming classes at the same time. At first I only stayed within the class timings (TTS 11-1pm only ), but now it takes an entire day in the class. The important thing is researching and updating myself with the latest trends (Graphics & Web Designing 2018 onwards) so that I can compete with current competition I have to face in the market. I tell you, web programming is not easy as a subject. For this I must be focused and passionate to learn these languages in more details .Day by day, I am sacrificing to do everything to achieve my target.
My mentor Singham Sir( Somnath Chakraborty) is really motivating me through this challenging time I am dealing with everyday. At evening, when I reach home, I work on my Internship till midnight or sometimes longer. After that I do my research work on web, complete assignments and projects in the course. In spite of all these I also participate in competitions like Creative Minds, GWDD monthly activities and seminars.
Check Our last activity on APS FIFA MANIA in the link below: –
Check out our last Seminar on GRAPHICS AND WEB DESIGNING in the link below: –
I got all the inspirations from my seniors/alumni’s, from their efforts, hard work and success stories which are motivating for me. All my alumni are well settled and succeeded to achieve their dream jobs. Whenever I get frustrated and feel weak, I always think about them, their struggles. If they could, why can’t I?
With this internship I am getting an idea what I will face in the job and thus helping me to have good communication skills, planning, organized work and maintaining the deadline. It’s never easy at first but I never like to give up.
At times I really feel very over-pressured handling both together. Sometimes I do lose my temper and become frustrated. But one thing never came in my mind, i.e. to quit. The experience that I am getting here, the struggles that I have to do and extra load that I am taking will pay off in the near future, I can feel it. I can feel the changes in me and improvement in my skills. GWDD PLUS is not just a course but a full training session where I got trained to broaden my thoughts, to come out of the well, to think out of the box, to see the world and live like how I want to live, different from the crowd, deviated from the rat race. The ethics and moral are now in my veins, which will never leave me. And thus, as life moves on I will move on with all these valuable riches.
I know I have to take risks. If I win I will be happy, if I lose I will be wise.
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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..