This is a continuation of the post I wrote 8 years ago – http://thejkumar.wordpress.com/2006/11/18/everything-happens-for-good/. If you haven’t read yet it, would suggest reading that before this.
This is 7 years late in coming but better late than never.
Let me tell you the story of how I got into MS. Like Irfan says in Life of Pi, you might start believing in Fate if not God J
My grades sucked in college and I decided getting a good score in CAT was the only option as no company in its right mind would look at those grades and hire me. I prepped well and was getting good scores in mock tests.
T- 7 days:
This was the last day for applying for MS Campus Selection. Rajesh wanted to apply and wanted me to accompany him to the placement cell to drop the resume. I said bug off as I wasn’t going to apply and my GPA was too low anyway. He pestered a bit and I gave in. Decided that I might as well apply if I am going all the way. But I hadn’t even prepared my Resume, so he gave me a blank Resume template that he had a print out of. I filled in a bunch of details with my pen. I think I was the only one in that entire year would have submitted a hand written Resume.
It was a Tuesday and I already had a BABA beard. But since all barber shops are closed, I decided to bunk the MS interview. Someone, I don’t remember who said he had a unused blade and for the first time in my life, I shaved (obviously a few cuts here and there). Went for the written exam, seemed pretty easy, wrote some algos which I thought would have worked. Now, I was in a stupid full hand checkered shirt and torn jeans. What usually happens is folks announce who got selected and ask them to come for an interview in an hour during which we go, change into the formals and come back. Here, they called a bunch of names and asked us to stay for the interviews that would start in a minute. I was horribly dressed for the occasion. But I was super confident that I wouldn’t get through and my mind was very relaxed which resulted in solving every question posed to me with ease. The interviews were over and they asked us to wait in the conf room.
Now, though I had no hopes initially, I though I might get selected because the interviewer had told me this after I solved the problems.
He: I see a spark in you
Me: Million dollor smile
He: Not a bright spark, but spark all the same. (not the exact words)
Me: Sad face but realized I did the interview okay.
So we were in the conf room. One guy came out and called out somebodies name and said he was selected. The second name he called was ‘Tej’
I was prepared to say, “I wish to thank my friends, my teachers, my parents…” but before that he said “Tej Pal Singh” and the guy next to me stood up. He was an MCA student who shared half of his first name with my full first name.
Then he again said Tej. I thought, yea we already heard that no need to repeat, when he said Thej Siddhotam. And that is how I got into MS.
Now, I was getting a freaking 9.1 package but I still decided to save 1000 bucks by not applying for CAT.
Something wanted me in MS, I don’t know what yet but I am sure it will make sense someday and I will write the part 3.
Note: A few points that I know belong to part 3 have already happened but I still don’t see the full connection which is why I am not writing it yet.