Shre Roy, Alum
School of Engineering and Applied Science 1989
It was 1987-1988 when Electrical Engineering was a still a popular major to pursue.
I still get shivers when I think of my E&M class with Professor Diamond. That was the mother of all weeding out classes. If Circuits level 1 didn't do it then this one really sent all aspiring Electrical Engineers to reexamine their futures: "perhaps IE was not so bad after all."
Diamond passed out the midterm exam with a cocky grin and then I found out why. It was the most difficult exam I had ever seen, hands down. I flipped through the whole test to find something I could comprehend so I could use the set of equations I had in my brain. I had done what Columbia Engineering students have done through the ages, I pulled an all nighter and crammed for this test. Greens theorem, H transforms I was ready. (how bad could it get?) I would soon find out.
That nightmare that I used to get where I couldn't solve the questions on the exam was happening to me in real life.
After the first midterm exam was graded, Professor Diamond passed out the marked tests. A girl upon receiving her paper broke down, most people including myself had that deer in headlights look on their faces.
I fared badly and didn't think I could survive the finals. He had to move the grading curve to a new low just to be able to grade people. I decided not to give up and leave the class since I still did better then half the class.
I persevered and stuck it and passed the course.
The saying "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" really applied to Professor Diamond's class that year.