The year that was 2012 !!
by Ravi Tandon
The year that was 2012 – An Intro !!
2012 was an eventful year, with a lot of disappointments, some success and lot of things to learn. The year started off with a series of rejections, apparently my resume was not competitive enough as compared to other applicants who applied to those schools. So, that went there and I ended up through one of the saddest phases of my life (blog), which ended up pretty well I guess.
It was also the last semester of our college life. The end was pretty much evident. A beautiful span of four years was finally going to end. My feelings were pretty much mixed. I was happy to have graduated out of a college I had aimed for and that do with a satisfactorily performance; sad that our batch was going to be segregated and would eventually break up. The last semester was a get-together sem. We had a lot of parties to celebrate the placements.
The pressure was pretty minor since GPA was never an issue. This pic will always remain of a batch that I was a part of, all friends in one single frame – priceless !!
We had our convocation on 25th May, 2012. The convocation was a humbling experience. A batch passing out, leaving this institution and entering the real world. Each one of us was going to pursue our own goals, our own way and this was going to be fun I guess. Here are some pics, that make me nostalgic.
The last semester was also the one where I tried the hardest in terms of completing my projects. The idea was pretty much to start publishing my work in order to prove myself as a good researcher.
A lot happened over the summers. I toiled hard, started to submit my work, and eventually by July-Nov had more than 4 publications. The journey was pretty satisfying. The summers helped me discover my love for poetry. I dived into the concepts of life, courage, individualism and investigated Buddhism to some extent. It brought happiness and peace into my understanding of life. I saw a transformation in myself, a sense of pride in my work and belief in my own abilities to work hard at my projects.
July – Nov, 2012
By the time the summers ended, I was pretty much finished with my work. It was time to join Flipkart. I was pretty much opposed to the idea of joining as a software developer at such an early stage of my career. My belief was to discover my own interests, learn to understand my own interests and excel in that. This ensued a long debate with my parents as to what should be done. The debate was pretty much on having a secure and safe life Vs going for your interests. My parents were on the former side, and so I went with the former.
During July-Nov I was pretty much occupied by my applications, and waiting for my submission results. Some of the results were on the negative side. However, a few were beyond my expectations and those congratulatory mails such as this one
We are delighted to notify you that COMSNETS 2013 accepted your submission #24 “CRP: Cluster Head Re-election Protocol for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks” for presentation at the conference and publication in the conference proceedings.
really made me happy. I knew that probably I had made the cut, at least achieved further than I could ever expect to do in a short time. The success rejuvenated my interest in research.
The publications meant that I had to go into a series of journeys. During December I went to two different conferences. The first was in Solan, Himachal Pradesh. The journey was a three day journey. Presenting my own ideas in front of people was an exhilarating experience for me. It made me happy about my self. Here is a picture of my presentation below.
The next conference was in Pune. The conference exposed me to some to some of the best researchers in India and around the world on High Performance Computing. My idea was well appreciated and it gave me encouragement to go on with my aim of pursuing a doctoral in computer science.
There were occasional parties with my company mates, a trip to Hyderabad to meet my friends, and lots of movies that I watched.
Overall, the year was a nice one. It had its own ups and downs. There were periods I was afraid of the future and periods where I was able to figure my way out; there were times I felt lost, down and out and then there were some when I struggled my way out, realized myself and believed my own abilities to prove myself and achieve my own goals. May be this is what we call life. A lot of struggle, hard work and some good rewards !!!!
THANK YOU 2012 !!