It’s the summer of 2010. Vacations have begun, and there I was, idling away the most boring period of the year. Yes, I hate vacations. They give me a sense of restlessness. Maybe it’s because I’ve no friends in Gujarat.
And like every other 3rd year, I was waiting anxiously for the grades to be out. For those who don’t know, I had a gpa of just 6.8 (Instrumentation). This used to depress me a lot, since my best friends were all nines. I got 7.6 in my first sem, and no matter how hard I tried (although usage of the word ‘hard’ is questionable), I constantly got 6.8 after that.
But in the sixth sem, I finally let go of my gpa insecurity, and decided to be passionate about stuff I like. This consequently led me to my biggest achievement in college yet. I was chosen as the HR (Hostel Representative) of my hostel, for the literary inter-hostel festival called Acumen. Actually there were three HRs, but since I was senior to the other two, I was the one pulling the strings.
No, that wasn’t the achievement. Our hostel won it, and I led them to it. And for those not familiar with it, it is a big deal.
Anyway, it has a great relevance to my story, that’s why I had to give you a gist.
So this time, when I got my grades, I was prepared. Prepared to accept the fact that everything has a price. Sure enough, I’d ended up on 6.5 this time, with my first ever D grade.
But guys, getting your lowest ever gpa, right before the placement season was about to begin, gets you bothered. Perturbed.
My gpa ended up on 6.86. I was heading into job-hunting as a six pointer. Scary. And no matter how many seniors I talked to, none gave me a positive vibe on the placement front. So I finally accepted the fact that IT is my only hope. And so, in the last two weeks of my vacation, I started solving placement papers of Accenture, TCS, Infosys etc.
As I waved goodbye to my parents from the Volvo to Ahmedabad, I couldn’t tell what was on their minds. I had tried to assure them that I’ll find a way into some IT company, somehow. But parents have their own magical way of knowing things, and they could clearly see, that I wasn’t sure of anything myself.
Coming up next: Season 1, Episode 1, The First Interview.