choice. The choice, of course, will be influenced by the marks you get in your first year, so make sureto study hard, all you Msc students.If you ask many people, they'll be able to tell you about the Pilani and Goa campuses. Pilani, because
it's Godforsaken Pilani,
and Goa, because it's been up and running for close to a decade now.Hyderabad is the shiny new campus which came up three years ago. If you are worried about the stateof facilities there, I won't lie to you. Not all of them have come up yet. However, the only ones thathaven't come up yet are the Auditorium and the sports facilities. The hostels, the academic block, themesses, the marketplace, all have already come up. The roads are built, the gardens are maintained (infact, they look like the gardens of a resort), the music club has a place to jam, the photography club hasa place to display its projects and the art club has a room to paint the hell out of.We also have a great gym. In fact, there are two of them, one for boys and the other for girls.Presumably, I know nothing about the girls' gym (peeping is kinda hard) but the boys gym is fullystocked. To the best of my knowledge, almost everything required for a full workout is present there.We've got footballers, power lifters (Yes, we do have a power lifter and he loves the gym. He alsoknows what he's doing seeing that he broke the BOSM Power lifting record when he went to Pilani.),casual gymmers and people like me who go once in a while. The gym accommodates us all.The Academic Block is awesome too. Seeing that we have no compulsory attendance, we just go thereto give tests (just kidding, we go there to collect papers too), but in our short time there, we can tellpeople that the place is amazing. Every classroom is fully air-conditioned (beat that Pilani!) and thelecture halls are amazingly modern. You can hear teachers boom out on JBL speakers and pretend tostudy.We have excellent faculty. The teachers know what to do and are not afraid of their students. Theyencourage you to seek them out at all times of the day and have no qualms in answering doubts wayinto the evening. They give out our results on time (how we wish they didn't) and keep us on our toes.True, we bitch about them, and insult them behind their backs (err... sometimes, not always), but everyone of us realises that the people we have are experts in their fields. Many of them get grants fromvarious organisations (there are TVs in the lobbies of the Academic Block which show which professorgot what grant, those interested can bore themselves there) and do research in their own time. Theygive a lot of time in designing our question papers (we wish they slacked off...) and spend a lot of timein checking them well. And frankly, they spoil us. We don't go to classes, don't listen to their advicethroughout the year, and yet when we come to them with doubts just before our exams, they greet uswith smiles and answer us pretty well.Enough about our faculty. I'll spend some time in explaining our society there. First, the students.See, the first thing you must know is that since we qualified for BITS, we can (and do) considerourselves the crème-de-la-crème of the engineering world. And oh yes we are! We encourage you tothink the same (and recognise that as seniors, we are infinitely greater that you will ever be, but thatwill be impressed upon you when you come to campus).People expect to find a bunch or nerds in a top Engineering college, or a bunch of geeks discussingQuantum Physics all the time. You will find them, true. But remember, they are not the majority. Avast majority of us here have worked long and hard to get where we are and now we want to stretchourselves. Polishing our hobbies comes first, and studying comes a distant last in our priority list. I ama keyboard player, my best friend is a singer and a dancer (or so he thinks), my neighbour is a reallygood footballer, and I've probably introduced you to the power lifter already, no? Another friend is acomputer whiz (and a coward to boot), I have friends who love keeping up with current affairs (likeme) and then we have those who scoff at our hobbies. We repay the favour by scoffing at theirs.