Nikita Pinto, III Year B. A. English.
[Photograph Source: Yakshita Harish Kumar]
Nikita Pinto, III Year B. A. English.
[Photograph Source: Yakshita Harish Kumar]
Dalia N., III Year B. A English.
On February 21, 2017 the NSS and YRC units of Stella Maris College celebrated the achievements of its volunteers and its founding. The entire student body gathered at the OAT to take part in the celebration which also made non-members aware of the quantum of work done by the NSS and YRC units. The event started with a prayer song rendered by the Western Music Club, followed by a prayer delivered by our Secretary, Sister Susan. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Sr. Principal Jacinta Quadras and the Annual Report was delivered by the NSS and YRC unit’s coordinator Dr. Nirmala Alex. The event was presided over by Dr. Amuthavalli , IAS, Director of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, and Ms. Dr. J. Jayalakshmi, Joint Director of Social Welfare, Tamil Nadu. Senior volunteers were awarded in appreciation of the service rendered to the society. Dr. Amuthavalli addressed the gathering about the kind of work done by the Social Welfare Board of Tamil Nadu and explained their schemes. Her address was followed by a question and answer session, in which she clarified doubts. This was followed by a cultural programme that was a culmination of the various styles of dances and songs of Tamil Nadu, performed by Stella Marians who were trained by professional artists. The event ended with the College Song and National Anthem. Food stalls and stalls which helped women entrepreneurs were set up in the college campus.
[Photograph Source: Benitto Amirthem]
Mathangi M. H., II Year B. A. English.
Horizon 2017, Stella’s first club day, was celebrated on the 25th of February and was one of the most awaited events organised on campus. The President of the Student Union, Catherine Saranya, began with the welcome and invited the college choir on stage to sing the prayer song. Following that, the welcome address was delivered by Monica M. H., Cultural Secretary of Shift I after which Horizon 2017 was declared open by Sr. Principal. Most of the clubs put up brilliant performances for the audience. The Stellaeidoscope sold copies of their issue while the Dramatics Club staged a play at F 2-1. Most of the clubs also organised various workshops conducted by professionals in their respective fields. Amidst the happening atmosphere, the students danced to the tunes of DJ. Overall, it was a much-needed break for Stella Marians.
[Photograph Source: Stella Maris Students Union Facebook Page.]
Sneha Mary Christall, II MA English
Medha Kinger, III Year B. Comm.
“Beta, what are you planning to do after college?”
Plan your funeral.
This is exactly what you wanted to say to the aunties and uncles who torment you with the worst question that should be asked to a college student.
Waiting for college to get over – because well it’s college – but not waiting for it to get over because you will have to decide what you want to do next? Envy the cousin/friend who’s got his/her career sorted? Work after college or study further or just get married and chill (for girls it’s actually an option given by many parents)? Do I like this career option or love this career option? What is my yeh jawani hai deewani Kabir Thapar type passion?
If these are the questions that are circling in your mind well then you’re reading the right article!
This article however (sorry to disappoint you!) is not going to give you a list of career options for you to choose from. It’s, on the other hand, going to help you deal with the existing queries regarding your future that make you worry all day and all night.
Firstly, let’s face the fact that marriage is out of question. We are strong independent women building a career because a career won’t ditch you but a man will. (Okay, go ahead and facepalm!)
Pro tip and a mantra that everybody should always chant while making his/her decision is: what you are today, you may or may not be that person in the near future.
No matter what you choose as a career path today, you may or may not be pursuing it later in life. (Even engineers end up doing a management job after college!) A chartered accountant may decide to quit the daily routine and travel the whole world. A doctor may want to start a bakery. This is the age where one can explore and experience various fields. Why stick to one line of thought when you can experience so many? It is not the end of the world if you don’t like a course you are stuck with. Try something else and do what you love to do. Often one gets this fear of failing/losing. If one doesn’t pursue what they want to, how will one know if they’ve failed or passed? Unless one thinks he/she is Nostradamus and can predict his/her future.
College is a place where all of us are in the same boat. None of us know what we exactly want from life (if you do, hats off and all the best, you’re very lucky!). It is twisted to expect a 19-year-old to make life decisions when she still has to ask for permission to use the restroom. But then that’s life. It’s not easy.
Give a confident smile to anyone who asks you about your future and say I haven’t decided yet. You’re not alone. Be proud about accepting you’re cluelessness. Continue talking to kids to get a few potential career options. Till then keep exploring different avenues of interest that excite you. Try everything you love doing. If you are worried about what your parents or the world will think about you please watch 3 Idiots once again. Sometimes, it’s good to leave some questions (“and then what?”) unanswered (like the ones we leave unanswered in most of our answer papers).
Till then, love and live your three year stay at college to the fullest because during this period you always have time!
[Photograph Source: Google Images]
Annapoorani K. H., I Year M. Sc. Chemistry.
As children, we’ve all grown up hearing about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and of course, the Easter Bunny. A few would’ve heard of Jack Frost. More importantly, we believed in them. We believed that every Christmas Santa would leave us presents for good behaviour, the Tooth Fairy would give us a penny for being brave when a tooth fell and so on. Our good dreams come from the Sandman and the Easter Bunny was why Easter is so much fun! When nightmares came from Pitch Black, we crawled into our parents’ bed and took comfort from their presence.
As we got older, we grew up. We quit believing in it. Well, this movie will re-instate your belief! A gripping story with an equally well-crafted screenplay ensures that the movie keeps you riveted. While the age-old good vs evil concept is at the base of this movie, there’s no element of predictability.
Movies with an all-star cast have been known to fail at the box-office but this isn’t one of those. The characters have the right voices, the right messages and exactly the same amount of screen-time. You’ll love the gruff wisdom of Santa, the sweet support of the Tooth Fairy, the constant sarcastic banter between Bunny and Frost and above all, the quirks of the Sandman. Jude Law’s Pitch Black will ensure shivers run down your back and have you wishing for his defeat. Cold, cunning and terrifying are the words to describe him.
Fast-paced, thrilling and brilliant, this is one movie that will ensure that we never stop believing that there are guardians that watch over you. You can watch it over and over again without getting bored!
[Photograph Source: Wikipedia]
Rochana Mohan, III Year B. A. English.
SPOILER WARNING: STORY DETAILS ARE REVEALED WITHOUT SHAME. I MEAN IT’S POKEMON, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT.
The first Pokemon console release after the phenomenon that was Pokemon Go, Pokemon Sun and Moon had to meet the towering standards of being the best console release till date. With new fans entering the franchise and retired fans deciding to return, Pokemon Sun and Moon had to balance innovation with simplicity. Well, does it succeed?
The overwhelming response to that question, coming from a fan of the franchise for the past 17 years, is a yes. Pokemon Sun and Moon met all the exacting standards of the hard-core fans, achieved the simplicity needed for newer fans, all while reminding the older fans that you had to ‘Catch ‘Em All’. Oh, but I will most certainly go into great detail.
With each new game comes in a slew of new Pokemon. Now that we’re on 801 Pokemon in total, it does get rather difficult to keep up. However, unlike in Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Sun and Moon brings in newer Pokemon designs that are not only simplistic but also memorable. Crowd favourites include Rowlet, Litten, Oricorio, Mudsdale and my personal favourite, the adorable puppy Pokemon Rockruff.
The graphics have advanced greatly from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Comparing the two games, the design models for all characters have vastly improved. The diagonal movement allows for realistic exploring, and the new style allows for little details to be noticed. The in-battle designs have improved greatly, with newer animation designs and models bringing out little nuances in the game – Lusamine’s Pokemon have angry expressions on their faces when you battle them.
The plots of Pokemon games have been very predictable in the past. This time, Game Freak and The Pokemon Company tried to show the development of character and more unique characters are presented in a different manner. The character of Lillie is most impressive – she grows and matures from a terrified, mysterious girl to a confident, brave young lady.
The addition of Trials rather than Gym Battles was a stroke of genius. It brings innovation to the usual Pokemon game for the older fans without removing the quintessential element of collecting the Gym Badges –in this case Z-Crystals – from the game.
Pokemon Sun and Moon was a game I was itching to play – only to want to play it again. It made the Alola Region feel like a living breathing new environment that was fresh with strife, strange new creatures, and adventures. This hard-core fan is excited to see what The Pokemon Company has in store in the future.
[Photograph Source: http://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com]
Vidhya R, III Year B. Comm.
Out of the 593 students who registered at the Career Guidance Cell (CGC) this year, 235* students have secured their placements successfully. The Commerce department, the biggest department in the college, had the highest recruits totalling 112 students. The Economics, Literature, Maths and Chemistry departments also fared well this year.
The Chemistry Department saw a new entrant this year in Sun Pharmaceuticals. Another new development seen this year is the entry of Mathematics students into the Business Analytics, Banking and Financial Services domains. Top Companies like Google, McKinsey and Ernst & Young have shown keen interest in the Department of Mathematics this year.
The Literature, Sociology and Fine Arts Departments predominantly took up Publishing and Teaching job profiles. Top recruiters in these departments include Velammal College, R R Donnelley and ZOHO.
Ms Sarala Vasu, Head of CGC feels that this year has not been the “representative year” for the placements in Stella. “This is mainly due to the global economic and market conditions. Due to Brexit and now Trump’s administrative rule, there has been a cap on IT export,” she says. The Computer Science Department was the worst hit, with several IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Polaris and Mahindra Tech not making it this year, resulting in lesser numbers.
The best package this year was Google – CTC Rs. 5.6 Lakhs. This figure is excluding Bonus and ESOP which by itself is valued at close to Rs. 6 Lakhs. Other top packages were offered by companies like McKinsey, Shell and Deloitte. Royal Bank of Scotland and Ernst & Young (GDS) recruited the maximum number of candidates. Other notable recruiters that are expected in the following month are DSP BlackRock, Accenture and I-Thought.
*As on February 1st 2017
Source: Career Guidance Cell