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October 5, 2010

Manual for Undergraduates – IIT Madras

Filed under: B.Tech, IIT, Inspira, Life, Tec — Tags: , , , , , , — Vivek R @ 3:11 PM

Here is the first version of UG Manual written for 2009 freshers.The responsibility has been taken by “Academic Reforms Group – IIT M”. This gives good glimpse of the challenges faced by a student joining B.Tech at prestigious institutions like IIT’s.

PDF Here

This is a little effort towards providing quality information about student life emphasizing the importance of hard work, commitment and discipline while making the best use of the resources put at their disposal.

An updated version will be added soon.Please spread the word and feel free to share.


August 13, 2010


Filed under: B.Tech, Fun, IIT, Inspira, Life — Tags: , , , , , , — Vivek R @ 5:09 PM

Lil more Quality Content from MIT:

As you begin your college experience,I thought I’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful.

Here goes…

  1. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.
  2. Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.
  4. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that.This may be the only time in your life when you can.
  5. At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying
  6. If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure – so I always procrastinated… and always kicked ass.
  7. Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too – in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors
  8. Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn’t count.) 😉
  9. Your health and safety are more important than anything.
  10. Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (IM does not count as “in person.”) Often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.
  11. In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
  12. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
  13. Wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on Wednesday night the week is more than half over. You should celebrate accordingly. (It makes Thursday and Friday a lot more fun.)
  14. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.??
  15. Take risks.
  16. Ask for help. Often.
  17. Take the serious things seriously, but with everything else have as much fun as possible.
  18. It’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now.You won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.
  19. Welcome failure into your lives. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.
  20. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.
  21. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.
  22. Don’t always lead. It’s good to follow sometimes.
  23. As a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have – don’t waste them.
  24. On the flip side, don’t try to do everything. Balance = well-being.So Strike at a perfect balance on what U really wanted to do and what You ended up doing.At-least, It  should be convincing to You.
  25. Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. Switch, even if it complicates things.
  26. Enjoy every second of the next four years. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.
  27. This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. That too to Your maximum extent!
  28. The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume.(The Same holds to any IIT`ian).
  29. Eat badly sometimes. It’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.
  30. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.
  31. Don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combination’s that your new friend from across the country loves. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. Expand your horizons
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  32. Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. Knowing this, forget the embarassment and skip to the good part.
  33. Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn’t take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, so you have no excuse.
  34. Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.
  35. Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.
  36. When your friends’ parents visit, include them. You’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.
  37. When you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. If you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”
  38. No matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. You’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.
  39. If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. They usually know better than you do.
  40. Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it.
  41. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.
  42. Read This Tomorrow Once again 😀 😉

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Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. Grow. Laugh. Learn. Love.

Welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

That`s all folks for now……

A BEN STORY (From MIT Blogs).

August 11, 2010

What MIT Expects from You

Filed under: B.Tech, Inspira — Tags: , — Vivek R @ 11:36 PM

This is One more Copy-Pasted Article.

This is One section taken from Admissions Page of MIT. (Admission to UG Program.)

Some students feel so much pressure to get into the “right” college that they want to make sure they do everything “right” – even do the “right” extracurricular activities. Fortunately, the only right answer is to do what’s right for you – not what you think is right for us.

Choose your activities because they really delight, intrigue and challenge you, not because you think they’ll look impressive on your application. Go out of your way to find projects, activities and experiences that stimulate your creativity and leadership, that connect you with peers and adults who bring out your best, that please you so much you don’t mind the work involved. Some students find room for many activities; others prefer to concentrate on just a few. Either way, the test for any extracurricular should be whether it makes you happy – whether it feels right for you.

By the same token, some applicants struggle to turn themselves into clones of the “ideal” MIT student – you know, the one who gets triple 800s on the SAT. Fortunately, cloning is still for sheep. What we really want to see on your application is you being you – pursuing the things you love, growing, changing, taking risks, learning from your mistakes, all in your own distinctive way. College is not a costume party; you’re not supposed to come dressed as someone else. Instead, college is an intense, irreplaceable four-year opportunity to become more yourself than you’ve ever been. What you need to show us is that you’re ready to try.

You Know what..! Last Paragraph is worth reading Again.. 😀

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