The experiences at UPES that shaped my life

It has been an incredible journey filled with learning – both inside and outside the classroom

College life is memorable for all of us; the same goes for me as well. The time spent at UPES will always remain one of the best years of my life. It has been an incredible learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. I also met some wonderful people.

I was always into books right from my childhood. Therefore, my parents had high expectations from me. They always supported and encouraged me to work hard and do well in life.

After my board exams got over, I applied to a few universities and gave a couple of entrance exams. I learnt about UPES from my colleagues and relatives and gave the entrance exam. I wanted to pursue a course that was comprehensive and had practical utility as well. UPES offered a wide range of specialisations to choose from. As I was interested in electricals, I opted for Power System Engineering.

With a dream to soar high and an ambition to make my parents and teachers proud, I stepped into UPES. I got an opportunity to learn from some of the highly qualified masterminds. The professors at the university taught with finesse, making every lecture interesting. They were always keen to help students.

I developed close acquaintance with many of my professors; some of them who guided me at every step were Dr. Ugur Guven, Mr. N.B Soni (HoD), Mr. Amarnath Bose, Mr. Ram Mohan, Mr. Vineet Mediratta, Ms. Noopur Jha, Dr. Asha Kaushik and Dr. Sangeeta Pant.

For four continuous years, I secured the first rank in B.Tech. PSE (2013-2017) batch, scoring an average GPA of 3.74/4. I got a scholarship for my meritorious performance, won the University Medal and got the golden opportunity to become a part of the International Exchange Program.

I had never thought I would get a chance to study at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia, one of the world’s best and oldest universities. I went to Russia for my seventh semester. The exposure I got from the internationally-renowned faculty not only helped me improve my intellectual and cognizant skills but also made me a responsible and an independent adult. From managing the household chores to surviving in the average temperature of -30 degrees and burning the midnight oil to get an SGPA of 4/4, all of this made me more competent.  

This overall experience boosted my confidence and taught me some life-long lessons. I will always cherish the time spent in UPES. I will miss my friends and teachers. I will always be grateful to my faculty as they helped me hone my skills and prepared me to face the upcoming challenges of my life.

(The writer is an alumnus of UPES, B.Tech in Power System Engineering)

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