This last year has been, undoubtlessly, one of change, of doubt, and in some cases of suffering. But it has also been a year for new experiences, introspection and personal development. Although it has not been easy, not all about it has been bad. But what has this meant to EECS students? How have we faced this year, and what has it been like for us?
How EECS students have faced a year of uncertainty
This year, Electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) students have seen the importance of digital studying, forcing activities solely on computers and online communication. This change, which was due to happen sooner or later, although probably in a more progressive way, is a reflection of the vital role our studies play in the modern world.
For me, this realization has motivated me, even more, to continue with telecommunication engineering, since I have seen the need our society has for it and how we are really making a visible and positive impact. But not everything has been good. During the first months, the chaos and lack of preparation for an event like this were very noticeable, and most universities, including mine (the Polytechnic University of Madrid), had a really tough time switching to online classes.
The absence of familiarity with online platforms and the hardships online teaching has for professors, who are used to speaking to a class full of faces and not a computer screen, made last year’s second semester a difficult one. But after the initial surprise and shock, changes were made, and most teachers have managed to adapt. Even though online classes are not the same as normal ones, a lot of progress has been made to close the gap between the two.
But probably the hardest thing about online learning is, besides how easy it is to get distracted, not seeing your friends. Going to class knowing that you’d be able to chat with them during the breaks, and perhaps go out to have a drink or study together in the library after class made the days much better, and that is something online classes will never be able to match. But when talking about socializing and friends in uni, one can not forget to mention EESTEC. This association of European electronic engineering students is a place to learn, have fun, meet interesting and completely different people, and basically grow as a person.
Luckily, it has been able to keep doing most of its activities, allowing us to for example attend meetings to develop soft and hard skills, learn about PR, HR… It would be impossible to describe in this article everything EESTEC has done and still does. This year, I’ve been able to become more involved in it, and it has been one of the best choices I have made.
In a more individual aspect, spending more time at home has also allowed us to take up new activities. Long forgotten hobbies we had no time to maintain because of the university have been brought back, like drawing, playing an instrument, cooking… These activities help us relax, which is a vital thing in what sometimes can be a very stressful world.
Summing up, this has indeed been a year of uncertainty, but change and progress always implicate uncertainty, and I believe the key to enduring is facing them with a positive attitude.
What is EESTEC?
Electrical Engineering STudents’ European assoCiation (EESTEC) is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organization for EECS students at universities, institutes and schools of technology. EESTEC is present in 24 countries and 48 cities all over Europe, consisting of more than 4000 members and influencing even more!
EESTEC aims to develop international contacts and to encourage the exchange of ideas among Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students through professional workshops, cultural student exchanges and publications. With various activities that EESTEC provides, it creates opportunities for students to develop in their academic, professional and social lives.
Are you a student eager to improve both your hard skills as well as your soft skills? Do you want to broaden your horizons, meet and collaborate with people around Europe that share the same interests as you? Are you ready to travel, when the situation allows it, and gain professional experience?
Well, check more on our website and social media and join us!
This article is written by : Gonzalo Sáenz de Ugarte, LC Madrid EESTEC Branch.