I was very disappointed and so were my parents, and I felt somewhere I have let them down. My father had to use contacts and (some extra money) to get me an admission at an engineering college, and I was low on confidence.
I had to prove myself, and gain back the confidence from my family.
After my admission, I did only one thing, "I enjoyed", I kept my spirits high and started to learn to acquire knowledge and did not care about exam scores. I started learning to understand. I didn't study much, but I studied just enough that I understood how exactly a particular thing works. I stopped focussing on the curriculum and more on expanding the breadth of my knowledge, and working on practical applications than "memorizing" theory.
- I was in top 2 teams at inter-college level for Infosys CampusConnect Aspirations2020.
- I got "decent" marks at first, and started being somewhat consistently in the top 5 students in my department.
- I got through Google Summer of Code twice (2011 and 2012).
- I was in the organizing committee for my college festival.
- I got an awesome job just couple of days after my final exam.
"People now know me not because of my ranks/scores, but because of my work and knowledge, and that is all that matters in the end, my knowledge. Period."
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