I started college with mixed feelings and zero confidence in me as I thought I would fail in the path I have chosen. I joined Uni knowing not one thing about Java or C#. But still I had worldly dreams of becoming a Software Engineer *Ah, the nerves!*. However, looking back at my journey makes me realize how far I have come in my life and how I have proved many people wrong along the way. My only dream was to become a Software Engineer, but I achieved more than that. I currently hold a First Class Honors, an All-round performance award from my University and a few places for my final year project at competitions.

The journey was tough of course and all you undergraduates will agree with me as well and if someone like me who came in with no confidence at all, is walking on that stage with full confidence, I think you can also do it. These are my lessons that I learnt which I want to share with the world.

About Opportunities

I learnt that opportunity will only knock once at your door. I was asked to be a member of the team that was competing at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. I was on the verge of declining it with the excuse being I may not be able to focus on my final year, but something somewhere within me just asked me to give it a try. And I did. And the rest is sweet victory. But there were still people who called me names and mentioned that I was “giving ass” to people. What a wonderful figure of speech. And all I did was offer help to the team.

About Helping

I always loved teaching and I learnt that by teaching others, you are teaching yourself too. You are re-revising what you already know and sometimes you also can find out where you are stuck and go back to revising the areas that are grey to you.

I also learnt that help will never come to you but you have to go to them. To all the egoistic people, no, you cannot do everything on your own. You will have to ask for guidance and help at some point. So if you think that people are going to walk over to you and ask you what you need, then darling, you are living a dream.

I learnt that people are busy and it is not because they don’t like to help you that they don’t. It is because of their workload. But I also learnt that there are some people who will go along the way to help you.

On the other hand, sometimes, some can show the true nature of their ungratefulness as well…

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Written By : Kripa Jayakumar, Software Engineer, 99X Technology