In class 11th, 2014, I was shifted to CBSE board from ICSE board. I had originally planned to travel to Kota to prepare for IIT JEE, but I later decided to stay in my hometown. I was an IIT aspirant.
I did however ruin my two-year IIT JEE preparation. This is not an anonymous story so I won’t go into detail. You can read my story by visiting my profile.
Fast forward two years. Year 2016, I failed JEE mains 2016. I also failed class 12. For two months, I was depressed.
My friends advised me to not take a drop for one year. Dropping is a bad option, as it can lead to a loss of interest in your studies.
I live in Gujarat. I completed the application form to be admitted in colleges affiliated with GTU ( Gujarat Technological University).
Since my teenage years, I have been interested in programming. So, I decided to study computer branch at any college affiliated to GTU.
My marks were so low, I was unable to obtain Computer branch at any college.
The only option left was to choose. I studied Electrical Engineering at one of the most prestigious private colleges. Maths is my favorite subject. Since my childhood, Maths has been a passion of mine.
During my school years, I loved the chapters on Physics that dealt with Electricity, Magnetism, and Electromagnetism. Although Astrophysics is my favorite subject, it is not part of Electrical.
So I chose to study Electrical branch. My dreams of going to college and pursuing further education, as well as a career in Computer branch, were crushed on my first day. It was not the end of my life, but I began to realize that it was just the beginning. I realized my error and began a new life filled with new hope.
Fast forward to 2017. GTU Techfest was held at my college. I had participated and won 2nd place in the coding competition. Everyone was impressed with my programming skills and encouraged me to concentrate on Programming. I did well in both semester 1 and 2 exams.
I joined a competive programming website, CodeChef, HackerRank at the start of my first year. I began practicing on these websites after I finished 2nd semester.
I thought to myself, “Everyone is an enthusiastic coder and goes for Computer branch. But it doesn’t mean that anyone who isn’t a CS student can’t do coding.” This is something I’m proud of, and it’s different than many other students.
Every week I code and study Electrical engineering without any pressure. 🙂