College life draws to an end

Yesterday was the last official day of my college. Now I’ll be going for my exams in the 2nd week of November and after that college will be over, for real.

College Friends!

College Friends!

I’ve been feeling down over this for the last couple of days, wondering where I would be next year in October, will I ever get such relaxed time of life again, and is it really the end of my student life? I know that once I join my office, I won’t get time for myself, no care free days, no time to just lie in the bed till 10 am as I do after bunking a class! On top of that, I’m really gonna miss my friends. Over the years from school to under graduation college to post graduation college, I have lost contact of most of the friends and now this may be the last set of real friends I’ll ever make or get to bond so much. And I’m not really ready for goodbye…

To celebrate our last day together, my friends and I decided to go for a lunch party at a fast food joint, Gurukripa. My friends love the Chole Bhature dish there! You can see the dish below 😛

Chole Bhature!

Selfie before eating!

 

After my exams end, it’s not only goodbye for college, but also to my home, since I’ll be shifting to Pune for my internship. Though I’m excited of the new change, I wonder if my home will feel the same when I come home on holidays! I have never been away from my family in the 23 years for more than a couple of days and those couple of days had me calling my parents at least twice a day. I’m not shifting to a very far away city (just over 2 hours drive from Mumbai), but it still feels daunting!

Talking about holidays, my short Diwali vacation has began (Diwali vacation plus a Preparation leave for exams, this one is :P) and like we usually do, even this year my family has planned a short vacation for a couple of days. It again may be our last vacation in Diwali since my sister has also started with her college life and getting holidays for her is even more difficult that me, as she is constantly running from college to competitive exam classes to her Japanese Language class! I hope we enjoy this vacation!

And tell me about you all, what did you feel when your student life ended? How did it feel to move out? 

Happy Diwali to you all people! 😀

 

Month in a Nutshell – July to September 2016

I am back from a very long hiatus. I actually open my WordPress Dashboard to put up a new post everyday but I end up not doing it eventually. On top of that my layout needed a change. The one you currently may see is not a permanent one, I’m still trying to get that I built myself up soon (fingers crossed). So I’ll just dive into the post and tell you where I had disappeared for the last almost 2 months and about the highlights of them!

  • I am PLACED!

So, I am in my last semester of college, which will end in December, after which I have to do a 6-month internship for industry knowledge and to complete my course and after that I’ll begin with my full time job!

I have got my internship with the Isilon unit of EMC2, whose location is Pune! So I have to relocate and leave my home for at least 6 months and go to Pune. For my final placement, I have been accepted as a Technology Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (yay!)

The best part is my placements happened in a span of less than 24 hours. I got my acceptance letter for JPMorgan on 10th August at about 9 pm and on the following day I got shortlisted for and cleared the interviews of EMC2 internship before 6 pm! And I was the first one in my class to get a final placement 😀

  • The Placement Committee

We, the students, have to call companies for our internship placements and usually the final placement recruitment is handled by our Training and Placement Officer (TPO). So the students form a committee for this purpose (calling and arranging the companies and also coordinating with the TPO for the companies that he brings). Since I am a part of it, it is one new responsibility which has the highest priority and takes the most time for me. At least one day of the week goes in the procedure for some company of the other and a few of us have to be present just for the coordination work! So far we have got 26 student out of 50 of my class who have got their internships!!

  •  Reading!

Oh I have been reading so much these days! I am still about 20 books away from my reading goal of 52 in 52 for this year but I must say, since I bought my Kindle, I have been reading much more than before with an average of 1 book per week… Not much, but given that I read the most during my daily commuting, this is better than not reading at all! But sadly, I am heavily behind my schedule of posting reviews and I have got a few Author in Spotlight posts lined up which I want to put up ASAP but just don’t seem to get any time for it 🙁

  • The mundane college work

Now since I am in the final semester of my Post Graduation course, the teachers expect a lot from us. With the placement work on our head, this term work comes as an additional burden which keeps increasing with the ever increasing amount of assignments and tests we keep submitting!

So, this is a short MIAN post, but something is better than nothing, right? I am trying to put up some scheduled posts so you may be seeing a few more things soon!

How have you all been and how were the past few months for you all?

 

 

Month In A Nutshell – February 2016

Wow, there was not a single post in February! This makes me feel so bad.
Well, in any case, here’s another post in the MIAN category.
February had so many highlights that I think this is going to be a nice long post!

Weekend 1 : workshop at Mastek and IST begins 
I think I have mentioned in my previous post that my team got selected in the top 25 for the project Deep Blue by Mastek Ltd. That project has a lot of things included with it to help with the project development. One such thing is the workshops they conduct. The first one was on Design Thinking and since it was conducted in their office it was a very nice change to our regular college life.
The workshop was on Saturday and since my first internal exams were to begin from Monday, the rest of the weekend was spent locked up in my room with only books for company.

Week after weekend 1 : IST and results
The first 3 days of the week went in preparing for and writing the IST.
We even started getting the results on the subsequent days after the IST. Luckily the results weren’t that bad.😆

Weekend 2 : The Valentine’s Day weekend…
I mostly relaxed at home on Sunday but Saturday was awesomely hectic.
I met Anirudh and Riyal (my project team and best friends) at Thane for a meeting with our Mastek mentor. After the meet I had to go to Ghatkopar for some work and since was a Saturday with not much work, I decided to go and watch Deadpool.  I’m so glad I did! 😊
The latter half of Sunday went with my family since one of my uncles had come home, so we all went out for dinner, which was a very difficult task since it was Valentine’s day and getting a decent big table for us was a mighty task! Still it was a well spent evening.

Weekend 3 :
Saturday saw me back at Mastek’s office for another workshop for project Deep Blue. This time the workshop was for UX.
Following the workshop, my team along with two other teams went to meet the NGO for whom we are making the software. It was a very different experience since I have never been to an actual client meeting, so understanding the requirements from a non technical person, was really awesome.

Week and Weekend 4 :
This was one of the fastest week of month!
I had participated in an online quiz contest called IT Olympiad and I had managed to clear 3 rounds which were based on aptitude and technical knowledge. I didn’t expect to go on after the last round, but I was selected in the 2nd last round which was a Skype call interview round. It was the first time I had given an interview over Skype. Though the round was nice I again didn’t think I will clear it. (pessimism too much,  right?)
But I did and I was selected as the top 10 finalists from a total of 13500 participants and was invited for the final round which was to be conducted at College of Engineering, Pune on 27th Feb. I will write a separate posted following this exclusively on IT Olympiad.
On top of that, on 25th Feb, I became a proud aunt, for the first time!
On 26th it was my mother’s birthday but since my sister’s final SSC exams are starting on 5th of March, we didn’t celebrate it.
I even had an aptitude test for Credit Suisse summer internship, which was terrible. 😂
27th was the big big day of the Mega quiz of IT Olympiad and I won the 1st runner up prize!!
Sunday went in relaxing from the hectic journey and accepting all the congratulations from everyone and I had also one for a lunch party at my uncle’s place!
The extra leap year day again went in a great and tiring way since I had to bring my trophy and meet the director of vjti!
All in all, February was a great great month!

How was yours, readers?!

A Day In The Life : September 2015

This is supposed to be a post in Georgie‘s monthly link-up but since I am late by a day for September’s post, this one will be an individual post.

30th September marked as a day when my In-Semester exam would come to an end (thankfully) .

The Exams

The day began in the way all days with exams do for me, at around 5 with a start, because I hadn’t finished my studies. My first paper was at 9:30 and then next at 1:30. Commuting to the college was uneventful and I reached college on time with some time to spare for revise for GIS (Geographical Info Systems).

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