Q1. What was the role of your school in your admission to SRCC?
A1. To give you a little background, I have studied in same school since play group till 12th, been a topper throughout. My Principal and teachers there believed in me more than I myself did. I am a sleep-lover and I will tell you how it used to happen. My accountancy teacher used to give me a call 10 minutes prior to my tuition timing whenever she felt she was going to teach something I didn’t know. My mom used to be always complaining about how careless I was, how I didn’t care to study for more than 2 hours even in February, a month before boards, at which The Principal used to laugh and asked me to increase the study time to 2 hour 5 minutes. That’s how they believed in my abilities and inspite of having high expectations from me, they made sure that I did not crumble under pressure(Though I never took any). So, ya, my school had a HUGE role in my admission here. Right guidance, infinite efforts and belief!
Q2. What is that one factor which has helped you bag the first position in the first year, consistent excellence in academics and selection in A.T. Kearney?
A2. If I am to tell you just one factor, then all this happened because that’s how it’s written. Destiny,if u believe in that.I do. Having said that, I also believe that destiny favors only when you put in something. So, it’s not a single factor which has helped but a mix of various factors. Focus- I was pretty focussed on academics in my first year and I think focus comes when you are able to see the bigger picture, as in what really do you want and how is this step contributing in reaching there. Also, belief in self. Quoting the title of the book-“You can win”. This feeling is very necessary and it should come from within. Also,the worry about result is a big hindrance in the path. Focus but don’t worry.
Q3. How much do you think has the campus ambassador programme of KPMG helped you?
A3. One of the best things that I have been a part of. It started in January and ended this September. During the programme, got to participate in a lot of fun activities and more importantly, worked for various business projects under the guidance of KPMG professionals. Got the chance to attend training programs, otherwise meant only for employees. Networked with a lot of experienced people, helped in enhancing knowledge about various career paths and well, it was during this program that I got really sure about working in area of management consulting. High learning experience!
Q4. What elements according to you are inevitable to make your CV outstand everyone else’s?
A4. Well, I don’t think I know the exact answer to this one. Particularly at our college, everyone is doing so much and is involved in a lot of activities inside and outside campus which are great. But, maybe for my CV, it’s academics because in every interview that I’ve given, I have been praised for my academic section, All India ranks and state and district ranks in commerce Olympiads etc. Though I don’t think it outstands everyone else’s CV but this is one section I have been commended for in all interviews.
Q5. What do you have to say about the stay in college’s hostel?
A5. Haha. I lived in Hudson line in my first year, wondering about how life is inside the campus hostel, this was the one big picture for which I worked on academics in my first year. So, pretty excited when saw my name in final admission list, I moved to hostel. Had a terrible first day, got a scolding from warden for being two minutes late at attendance, yes, just 2 minutes. Couldn’t bear the 7 pm in-time, went to principal’s office quite a few times complaining and there’s thing called mess duty-God! This trying-to-adjust phase went for around 2 months, I think. Adjusted with the procedures and some very weird rules(the reasons for which I still don’t understand), I got habitual of this place, I knew I wanted it for my third year too and now, the thought that I will have to vacate after a semester upsets me. It’s a different feeling to be a part of college hostel and this different is very very beautiful for me and the weird rules I talked about, I think, somewhere makes hostel life all the more memorable.
Q6. Who has been your inspiration in college?
A6. A lot of people and majorly, student community. Someone inspires me to work hard while someone out there teaches me how to live it fully and someone’s actions teach me how not to stop, no matter what’s the amount of hardships in our lives. We have high diversity here, talk about geopgraphical, cultural or financial backgrounds but we’re all united in the sense that everyone’s trying, making efforts to achieve what they want leaving behind their complexes. This diversified community, hearing a lot of lives has definitely inspired me.
Q7. How important do you think rejections are in shaping ones career?
A7. Rejections are bound to take place. Noone can always be successful at everything s/he tries hand at. About rejections shaping one’s career, it depends on the way we handle them. Rejections might just be spoilers if we lose confidence and stop attempting. We need to know the reason, maybe we’re rejected because we aren’t meant for it which is definitely helping in shaping our career the right way. Or,we’re rejected because something went wrong during the process. For this,there are lines of one of my favourite poems-one by Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan- “asafalta ek chunauti hai,ise sweekar karo. Kya kami reh gayi,dekho aur sudhar karo. Jab tak na safal ho, neend chain ko tyaago tum,sangharsh ka maidan chodhkar na bhago tum,kuch kiye bina he jai jaikar nahi hoti,koshish karne walo ki kabhi haar nahi hoti”.
Q8. What is your goal in the long run?
A8. That’s the toughest question you can ask a person whose long term goals vary with monthly or at most quarterly introspection. But one thing that has been common in all my plans till date is entrepreneurship plus community service, don’t ask what,how etc. because I myself am not sure.(I have volunteered for Pratham and the satisfaction felt is immense). For that, I wish to be capable enough to give back something worthy to the community. And that will be the journey-making myself capable enough. I hope it answers a little bit.
Q9. What message would you like to give to your juniors that would help them grab great career opportunities and clear personal interviews? A9. Explore your interests, the kind of job you wish to work in and then develop the required traits .At the same time, know that communication is the face of your knowledge. Well, web will throw a book at you if you ask for tips. I would also mostly tell the same if I do. So,I will just tell you to learn from every source but don’t let your individuality or originality hide under the mask of advices. Also, let your attention on career not grow that much that it spoils the fun in the journey and let your fun in the journey not grow too much that it spoils your career. Basically, balance!
Best wishes to you
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