If there is anything that I have learnt in the past year at IITGN, it's that life is hectic.
It's literally impossible to reach a point where you feel that you are "free". There is always something to do. I guess it's one of the things that come attached with a new IIT and a small population.
When I went to IITGN on the day of joining, the institute put us freshers into something called the "foundation programme". It was basically a way for us to unwind. We engaged in a ton of personality development activities (and a ton of fun stuff)(you should Google it)which I suppose makes us get used to life at the institute. This was a time where you get to know everyone at your own pace. This stretch lasted for 5 weeks and ended with an event organizers by us, for us. Compulsory sports for 3 hours everyday made us a tad bit fitter
And then acads began. MA101 Kicked us right back into where we left off during JEE. All the usual stuff started and we realised that all professors aren't that good. I attended all classes anyway. It's better to sit in class and listen to something rather than waste time.
One good thing (also a bad thing) about IITGN is that the professor has complete control over what happens in his class. We have had courses where attendance is not required (0% attendance) (but everyone attends), and courses where 100% attendance is necessary.
We also have compulsory sports during the first year (1.5hours a day) is IMHO a very good thing. I lost a ton of weight and am part of the Inter IIT team for TT in my first year!(Went to IITG for sports meet)
Apart from all of this, there is some or the other event that keeps happening. At the start of each odd semester, we have a sports "fest" and a technical fest. At the start of each even semester, we have a technical summit!
Mind you, all of the above events are handled by freshmen and sophomores. This means that all the planning and stuff happens during the night and extends till about 2am.
Apart from this, there are a ton of opportunities for a person to get involved in different activities. I am currently engaged in 4 different external projects apart from academics, will be organising a workshop next week, organized and will be organising Amalthea(tech summit), and am part of the table tennis team( meaning 2hrs of practice every day). Being in such a hectic schedule means that you get to become amazing at managing time whilst still maintaining a decent CPI
A cool thing about this place is the fact that professors have the option to give a grade point of 11. Ofc, you have to get an insane amount of marks to get that grade.. I know quite a few people who have a net CPI greater than 10 as of today.
As for what @fog856 said, I agree with him that one finds people who are like minded at an IIT, but I believe that being at an IIT is much more than that. It's a place, provided you are motivated, gives you a platform to help you test your limits.
In all honesty, it is not possible to understand what a person experiences at an IIT unless the person has experienced it him/herself.
During counselling, I was in a place where I didn't want to settle for anything less than the top 5 IITs. But now I realise that it actually doesn't matter as it's not where you are, but what you do that counts.