It’s all gonna end one day.
IIT lifestyle is way different from what happens outside the campus. So at the end it becomes difficult to adjust back to the society. You end up having way too much expertise in some aspects and almost nothing in some other. Balancing out can be tough.Too much competition
Whatever you do, there is usually someone out there on campus who can do it much better than you. So unless you are absolute best, you do not get appreciated. This could be really hard for someone who is learning something and needs appreciation to continue. You get to see some of the best people in the country and they are truly remarkable. This makes you wonder, whether you are worth it or not.Too much drama
IIT name brings out too much drama. If I ask my non-IITian friends some question like “Which website lets you do X” which they were just discussing, they are like “Hey you are an IITian go figure out”. I mean wtf.
Too much expectations
You are expected to be the best at everything. Quiz, Word games and every other remotely “IQ” related activity. Any loss and you get “This is the best you got?” And if you win, its like an expected result.
The most important thing in a man’s life is to be appreciated by the fairer sex. After a few years on campus you start wondering what is wrong with you. Most of your non-IITian friends from college have good relationships and the best girls are taken. So you try to seek external validation by earning more money, building cool websites, basically all the things we are famous for.
Burnouts due to overwork
Most of us are constantly striving to improve whatever it is that occupies our mind. We work at it 10+ hours a day for weeks on end, not because we have to but because we want to. Sometimes you wonder (towards the end of burnout, when you start to plan of partying) is this worth it. A week later, you are back in the cycle.
But then again, given a choice to do it all over again? I would, most definitely!