A Higher Loop

A space that makes you be­lieve in, ques­tion and chal­lenge your­self—the feel­ing they call the magic of LSR

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - By Un­nati Sing­hal

LSR—THESE THREE let­ters beau­ti­fully sum­marise three cru­cial years of life. When I joined, I re­mem­ber be­ing filled with scep­ti­cism and un­cer­tainty, won­der­ing if I would be able to fit in. The ex­pe­ri­ence was con­sis­tent with what I thought—LSR chal­lenges you with fierce com­pe­ti­tion, and awes you with the bril­liant minds who have trav­elled here from across the coun­try. It is a place where you first crave and then end up striv­ing for your own per­sonal iden­tity. It in­tim­i­dates and de­mol­ishes stu­dents’ as­sump­tions that they

IF YOU ARE FROM LSR, YOU HAVE MOST LIKELY BEEN ASKED FOR EX­TRA PASSES—AT LEAST ONCE IN THREE YEARS—TO THE AN­NUAL FEST, TARANG

are ‘some­thing’; ev­ery other per­son in this space seems far bet­ter, in their unique ways.

LSR slowly takes you in, giv­ing you the space to find your own rhythm, and then chal­lenges your no­tions. It teaches you to em­brace dif­fer­ences, to ac­knowl­edge the cul­ture of dis­sent, to ques­tion, dis­cuss and de­lib­er­ate. An en­cour­ag­ing set of pro­fes­sors, batch­mates and the myr­iad op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­po­sure that the var­i­ous so­ci­eties of LSR of­fer—I think that’s the magic that pow­ers us us in the con­gre­ga­tion of thoughts, in­tel­lec­tual dis­course and cre­ative stim­u­la­tion. Rightly de­scribed as ‘Lead­er­ship with So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity’, LSR gives its stu­dent body a sense of power, and to each stu­dent as well, em­pow­er­ing us to make a dif­fer­ence. Along with 31 so­ci­eties, there are also stu­dent ini­tia­tives like Basta, the Be­cause You Mat­ter cam­paign and the Peer Sup­port Pro­gramme which aim to make small yet sig­nif­i­cant changes.

A slow un­con­scious process of evo­lu­tion be­comes ev­i­dent by the

end of the sec­ond se­mes­ter, and then one comes to terms with the real­ity of carv­ing out one’s unique­ness. It’s a sur­real feel­ing—from jug­gling at­ten­dance cri­te­ria, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, class sched­ules, re­cur­ring in­ter­nals and as­sign­ments, all the way to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing one’s own evo­lu­tion. LSR is about the sur­vival of the fittest; it is a roller coaster ride, but in the end, one can­not even be­gin to imag­ine how much the memories of these three years come to mean.

LSR shat­ters each stu­dent’s con­fi­dence and then re­builds it to the ex­tent that we all be­come ready to face the world and any chal­lenges that come our way. Sum­maris­ing my time at LSR, I would say that I haven’t ever been so self-dep­re­cat­ing; but at the same time, to­day, I couldn’t be more elated that I be­long to this space, that LSR is and will al­ways re­main an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of me.

For­ever in love with the space that makes me be­lieve in, ques­tion and chal­lenge my­self, this is the beau­ti­ful feel­ing they call the magic of LSR.

STU­DENTS PRAC­TIS­ING FOR LSR’S AN­NUAL DAY

STU­DENTS PRE­PAR­ING ART­WORK FOR COL­LEGE FEST

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