The Diplomatic Life:
Engineering life is always going to be filled with diplomacy. This is an essential skill that sooner or later almost all engineering students have to and will develop. This particular skill usually comes in handy and might backfire if not executed with proficiency.
Where is this art of diplomacy used ?
Everywhere. Yes, even with friends sometimes. Deadlines and submissions and university exams play a major role in teaching us how to be diplomatic.
Especially when you need a signature from your professor on the project or practical record you worked so hard on, diplomacy proves to be a saviour. Generally, most of the professors, they go through your records and make sure to find faults in it no matter how insignificant that particular subject is in your stream. And, when they do find faults they will ask you to rectify the mistakes even though it is a really small and silly mistake. They also make sure that they send you back a couple of times. Because, it just feels so good to get sent back without getting any kind of acknowledgement for the record you worked your ass off on completing.
This is exactly the point in time where you need to be diplomatic and cook up stories in order to get your work done in time. Otherwise, you will be served with a decorated stamp of arrear. Who doesn’t want that ?
Real life application you ask ?
Let me tell you a little story of a friend who lied his ass off to get a signature for his engineering graphics record. He had been under tremendous pressure owing to the approaching deadline and workload. So, after finally completing his work he went to his lab incharge. And, as usual the professor started finding faults in his record. This went on for three straight days. Sounds fun doesn’t it? After becoming totally frustrated with that shit, he visited his lab in charge and told him that he had not been able to complete his file properly due to various family and personal problems. As for his family and personal problems…well…He killed off his still alive grandmother and he stated his wish of dropping out of engineering because of all the pressure. He told the professor how he had been under depression medications and how he had become a victim to insomnia. Well, to support his insomnia story, he did have dark circles thanks to the all night CS marathon in the hostel. I do feel that killing off his grandmother wasn’t a necessity. But, ok. To top it off towards the end, he told the professor how he found him to be the only understanding and supportive professor in the entire university. This little ego boost served as the perfect icing to his story. Soon after this his file was signed with no further delay.