The Secret to trasform yourself by Harjas Singh

Before you start reading this post, let me tell you I haven’t included any of the cliché advices which you’ll get from your parents, teachers, and seniors at the beginning of your college life. I have included certain things which I was lucky enough to come across, and these will help you transform yourself as a person by the end of four years.

When you take admission in college, don’t forget what you’re there for. You’re there to attend classes and study so that you can get that degree.

But is it wise enough to only study your textbooks in college? Definitely not.

So rather than just spending your time in college attending classes, studying, and then watching TV shows in your hostel room, you should get different experiences.

During the entire course of your college life you’ll study 42-45 subjects. A very few of these, and in most cases none of these will have anything to do with what you do in future. You may not even remember what you learnt in these subjects one week after the exam.

So don’t spend your entire college life isolated in the library or your hostel room studying. Instead, try out different things you wouldn’t normally do. When you have different experiences than the normal course of events, you can look back at them and make connections that other people can’t. This will make you innovative and creative in life and separate you from rest of the crowd.

You can read books on self-help, spirituality, or biographies. You can go traveling with your friends or all by yourself. Fall in love and get your heart broken. You’ll learn a lot from these things.

Another way to get different experiences is to participate in co-curricular activities that enhance personal growth.

18 to 22 are the years of personal transformation. One way to transform yourself into a better person is to look out for opportunities and participate in co-curricular activities in college.

I’ll give you an example. If you join the Debating Society of your college, you’ll learn

  • Effective public speaking
  • An effective way to put across your views
  • Fluency in English language
  • How to expand your knowledge base
  • How to work in a team

These are some of the things that formal education will never teach you. Participating in such activities in college is a way of investing in yourself.

Also, try to build a network.

Always interact with people around you – your batch mates, seniors, and juniors. These are the people who’ll hold good positions in big companies in future. Some of them will have companies that they’ve built from scratch. Some of them might be in creative fields.

You never know whom you might need at what point of time. So it is always good to be in touch with such people – they be your friends or mentors.

If you’re in first year of college, you can find friends and mentors from the fourth year, third year, second year, and your batch. Once you are in fourth year, you can interact with people from the three years junior to you. If you do this, you’ll have a network spread across 7 years in total.

Again, building a network happens outside of the classroom. And one very effective way to do the same is to participate in co-curricular activities.

Finally, if you really want to learn the value of money early on, get different experiences, enhance personal growth, and build a network outside of college – try earning some money. It doesn’t matter what amount you earn, just earn something.

A few ways to earn money while in college are:

  • Give tuitions
  • Build an Application
  • Build a startup
  • Write a book
  • Become a freelancer
  • Invest in stock market
  • Join a Multi-Level Marketing company

If you read biographies of successful people, most of them started earning and learnt the value of money early on in life.

But even if you’re not able to earn money in college, prepare yourself to earn money. For this, learn a skill. This could be a coding language, marketing, or anything at the intersection of your interest and success in professional career.

Real learning happens outside the classroom when you experiment with life because life is the greatest of all teachers.

Again, in this short span of college life we don’t get to do many things. So whatever we’ve chosen to do, let’s do that in a great way.

All the best.

Harjas Singh (2017-Alumni)

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Exploring Thapar and the world around!

So now the time has come, you have become undergrads! Welcome to Thapar University , Freshers!

Getting into that extreme feeling of freedom, where you have to plan your time, you have to plan your priorities and you have to plan your life! Great one it is! You feel like the free rover on the breezy common of the universe. Time has come to explore yourself and the world around you. It’s been a year I have spent in Thapar University and there’s a lot I have explored about myself and the people around me. For now is the time to realize that there’s a beautiful world beside your books, exams and competitive world.

Well let me tell you, it’s not an easy task to find some places worth embracement, in Patiala. Ask your seniors! But then if you got a caravan of rovers, believe me you’ll know Patiala better than localities.

For this one year of my life, I have been lucky enough to get those free rovers with me. So I have explored some places in Patiala which are worth visiting.

But there’s no universal bucket list, you need to be done with. Each n’ everyone of us has a unique taste of travelliasm, but since you have made efforts to search for this topic, so I must get you with the best possible places you can hang out with your friends in Patiala.

Leela Bhawan zone– Tired with a messy mess food, and want to hang out with friends? Leela Bhawan got some of the awesome places to feed your stomach with Pizza Hut’s Pizza’s or Subs from Subway or chilling Sundae’s at Havmor or bucket of chickens at Kfc. And most importantly Boston Bites, this place is so popular among Thaparians, that Boston Bites provide free Chocó Lava Cake to their Thaparian Customers. We have always believed in maintaining a legacy all around.

Feeling stressed out! Need a perfectly peaceful aura around you, visit Dukhniwaran Sahib Gurudwara, I and my friends usually used to visit this place after our exams in early mornings. Watching the rising sun with your feet in cold water is an amazing way to depart all your worries. Another place to enjoy the nature around are Baradari Gardens, but better to visit these gardens in a cool weather.

The only place where you can watch movies is SRS cinemas in Omaxe Mall.

Sheran Wala gate: Just wait for few months and you’ll be used to this place. Soon you’ll be given a lot of projects to work upon, and you’ll need a lot of electronic stuff, Sheran wala gate has got the most needed Electronics Hub of Patiala. You’ll get any electrical component you need, at a reasonable price.

Sheran wala Gate also has a very popular Chole-Bhature point. Real fun is to have it in breakfast in early mornings before classes. You’ll love cycling out in breezy early morning and then getting a yummy breakfast.

Well you won’t need to get out of Thapar always. You’ll find a lot many things to explore in Thapar itself.  Join societies, visit places, make friends, have fun!

Well as I said there’s no universal law of exploration. There are a lot many other places which will suit your interests. But the key point is to keep exploring and keep learning. For me there’s nothing as good as learning from the world around you. Well 60% (just an estimate) of your friends will end up their lives on bed with earphones plugged in the ears and finishing web series. It’s not like you should not watch of course you should! But spending entire year with this virtual world would not be a cool option.

In the span of one year, I have observed people under three categories, Introverts (their world lies within them), ambiverts (they like socializing to some extent) and extroverts (they never land on a lone planet). It’s tough for an introvert to socialize with people and to have the kind of fun they need. But if you won’t open, you won’t be able to get your preferences. Interact with people around you; be they your classmates or your seniors. Interaction is an most necessary key to widening opportunities. After all when your juniors ask, you must not end up with the thought in your mind that what I did except sleeping.

Have a wonderful year ahead! There’s a lot much waiting for you ahead. Share it with your friends and keep exploring!

Bliss Reading!


Fresher’s guide to Hostel Life

Students keep me questioning about hostel life, food quality and living conditions of hostels. But frankly speaking I don’t even remember a single struggle in my hostel life but still I cherish each day spent in hostel. Want to know what made my hostel life memorable? Want to know how I survived 4 years of hostel life and why I would pay any cost to live those days again? Read this article till end and you will get all your answers.

So how did it all started? It was first time I was away from my parents. It was first time I felt responsible for my own stuff. It was first time I was wishing someone to hold my hand and tell me I was not alone. It was first time I was among them as a stranger. It was first time when I met my friends. My hostel buddies. My life. My Memories. My everything.

Everything that happened between the time of our first hello and last goodbye was hostel life. This one sentence is enough to sum up hostel life but I would like to elaborate that “everything” a bit. What happened between this time were countless sleepless nights, late night cooking, hostel lawn cricket matches (trust me those were intense than India Pak match), late night campus walks, gym resolutions that were never fulfilled and night canteen sessions. I might be missing many points but if I mentioned all then there would be nothing for you to explore in your hostel life. I will discuss few chapters of this book called hostel life and will leave rest for you to explore.

Let’s start with chapter one. It is about night before exams. You will really get to know the worth of last night group study in hostel room because that will be the only time you will get to study (at least happened with me). And still one thing that will beat overnight study is revising notes and discussing topics you studied last night while you are heading towards your examination hall. Wait, story is not over yet. Suddenly you will see your topper friend explaining biasing of bipolar junction transistor and Mosfets and many other horrendous topics. That will be the time when you will realize you have ruined your whole semester just sleeping in hostel, playing guitar and discussing startup ideas which were never implemented. The silent words and enigmatic smile that you will exchange with your best buddy would act as your armor as you will walk towards the battle field. Story continues but I will leave this chapter for you to complete because I don’t want to give you spoiler about how one-night study will help you to survive those exams.

Second chapter talks about how hostels enhance your skills. Apart from providing you with 4-5 hours of sleep in non-exam days (don’t dare to sleep in exam days) hostels will make you multitalented. You will learn how to wash your own clothes using a manmade device called washing machine. Most of us would have heard this word once in a life time but while operating, first thing we will be figuring is, “Where the hell should I put my dirty clothes?”. Once you figure it out, other thing that will bother you is how much detergent to put and where to put? Wait detergent! Why nobody told me that I need to bring my own detergent? Yes, you will surely shout these words. Now how to arrange for that detergent and finally manage to wash your clothes after 7-8 hours of struggle will be your task to complete this chapter successfully.

Chapter three is about phone calls. Finally, at night when your parents will call you to ask about your wellbeing you will notice changed behaviors of your friends. They will try to distract you and assume that the person you are talking to on phone is a girl/boy (assume according to your interest) and will try their best to make you uncomfortable. How you will manage to successfully discuss your day with your parents? Till now you must have figured out what I am going to write. Yes, you are right my friend. That’s your job to complete this story.

There is no limit to the chapters that can be added to this book and yes you again guessed it right. That’s your job to as you will be writing your own book of hostel life. What! I forget to mention about some other common points? You must be waiting for a chapter about disgusting food, bad facilities, everything bad about hostels. I have survived all these evil elements and after my 4th year of college I am at that point where I don’t even remember worst mess dish. These memories don’t even deserve to be a part my book as I had some wonderful people who never let me bother about such experiences.

I would like to end this by saying “At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart forever but not in life”. All I have is nostalgia about hostel memories.

Best of luck for writing the book called “Hostel Life”. Write worth remembering.
Happy Reading 😊


In case you are reading my writings for first time this was Sahil Gogna- a normal guy who survived hostel life. You can know about me in about us column. And comment your chapters down here in comment sections. I would love to read yours. Thanks for reading.

Amandeep Singh’s Jubilant Life Sciences Interview Experience

“Amandeep Singh Balangan” who was placed at “JUBILANT LIFE SCIENCES” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what he says about placement season.


Cgpa cutoff:  6 Throughout

Interview difficulty level: 7/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

Here are the questions we asked from Aman to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer : I am a person who always ready to face challenges and beleive in making challenge a friend. I love to have friends in my life as they completes my life. I am a poet too and write Hindi, Punjabi poetries. I am also a national level sports person( shot put and discus throw).

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer: FIRST ROUND– There was an online test having 4-5 parts- personality test (psychometric test), verbal , aptitude test (needs practice), technical test (basics of your core subjects), logical reasoning(very easy). This test was conducted by amcat. Kind of elimination round.
SECOND ROUND– Group discussion ( social topics), my topic of GD was ” Should India break diplomatic ties with pakistan or not” Tips- Just take a chance to speak and say only few valid or confidential points , they only check your confidence level. ” BECOME A CONFIDENT BEE ”

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer:  THIRD ROUND– Its totally based on your projects and your core subjects. Gather knowledge of your core subjects and they only ask basics and want to check your confidence about your answers. This round is the main hurdle for your selection.
“Tension nahi leni during interview , bas answer karde jao , jo bhi aata hai, sab sahi hoju”

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: In HR they asked my introduction, about my branch, about your weakest and strongest points, they also tried to trap me by asking location preferences (don’t say any specific location, tell them that I am ok with any location). Be yourself and confident and don’t bluff .

Question 5: What do you think were key factors for your selection?

Answer: My cofidence, knowledge about core subjects, and smile .

Question 6: What would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop for this company?

Answer: Go through your core subjects, learn the basics and make any one subject as your favourite.

Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer: Be Confident, smile, be yourself.

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