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KIS Alumnus Akshit talking about his Life at IIT-Guwahati

It was after Class 10 that my parents suggested that I should take up a non-medical stream and pursue engineering. As a child, I was always interested in Computer Science and after my parents’ suggestion, I began thinking about it as a career option. I researched about it and really liked the career prospects and decided to pursue engineering after Class 12.

When I started out, I was really weak in academics and was not very confident about my selection but through hard work, determination, and the support of family and friends, I was able to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

I secured an all-India rank (AIR) of 1129 in JEE Main and AIR 1673 in JEE Advanced in 2021. I got the Electronics and Communication Engineering branch in the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Though it was good, however, I wanted to shift to Computer Science Engineering (CSE). I worked hard and secured a 9.44 CGPA in my first year and shifted to CSE. Currently, I am in my third year and the classes for the fifth semester have just begun.

My life at IIT Guwahati

My day at IIT Guwahati usually starts with labs from 9 am to 12 pm, then we have our lunch break, and then classes from 2 pm to 6 pm. After 6 pm, students are free. Until my second year, I would chill with friends, roam around the campus or go out to eat, or take part in club activities. I was a part of the coding club and the game development club. But now, I am focussing more on getting internships and doing my projects.

When academics get overwhelming I like to spend my time at the Serpentine Lake or go to the Viewpoint, from where you can have a great sight of the campus. I usually cycle around the campus, it is my favorite hobby. There are three lakes on the campus and the view from each one of them is serene. Students generally go there after classes or during breaks. The other place that is always bustling with activity is the new Student Activity Centre (SAC).

My IIT Guwahati experience has been nothing short of amazing — the teachers, the activities, and the opportunities that I have here I don’t think I would have ever got anywhere else.

At IIT, I am a National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer. As a part of it, I went to a village to teach computer basics for two days. I went there for two hours each day and it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. We focussed on teaching essential computer skills. Along with teaching, we would play with the students as well, especially on the laptop.

Success comes to those who don’t give up

All in all, my JEE and IIT journey has been an enriching one. I have learned a lot and understood the importance of family and friends and how their support could help you face any adversity. My most important learning has been that one should never give up, try and try again, you will eventually succeed.

pics courtesy: TOI E-paper

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