The Two Best Years Of My Life

I had just started preparing for next year’s i.e. 2013 prestigious CAT exam, when I received a call from my friend regarding D.C.E.’s new venture -a M.B.A. course exclusively for engineers and I thought to give it a try.

And so, here I am, giving the GD and interview for a college, which has been here for almost 100 years, but the course programme I was joining had just started. Perhaps, I would be probably one of those few laying the foundation stone of this programme ( definitely only if I get selected !). When I along with 59 other students joined D.S.M, we had a lot of anticipation, dilemma and anxiety regarding it.

Two great friends of mine who had joined D.S.M. with me, left the college on its very first day as they weren’t satisfied with the provisions there. But I stayed back, as I have always believed that one should always complete the task on which one has put ones foot forth . I believed in connecting the dots and imagined everything happening for a good cause.

The initial months at D.S.M. – D.T.U. were not very great as it took time to settle, to know new people (in reality, I still don’t know many of them) and to realize the fact that we are becoming Managers from Engineers or as our V.C. says, ‘Techno manager’.

There were lots of stupid discussions about the future, which I avoided most of the time as they were not fruitful but I realized that D.T.U., in particular, has a lot to give and I could really interact well with engineering students who are really doing some amazing work.
So, I started checking the notice board on a regular basis and tried exploring interesting things.

But, to many of my classmates I came as a hard, no-nonsense guy, who loved to live in his own world and behave as someone, who is working on the next big thing. But, I did try to interact with other students through activities like playing basketball, solving CAT questions, discussing about the latest on-goings.

So they thought of playing a prank on me and rang a beautiful girl in my batch with my name ( the news spread like fire !) but turned ugly, when one of her friend not knowing me, told me about it in a language which I still think she shouldn’t have used with me !
Hell had broken loose, I was all over the place and it became quite official that somehow, I was a guy with whom a girl in her senses shouldn’t interact with ever ! (But it did made me a little popular. There’s always a silver lining in everything !)
Yeah, I liked her as she was really beautiful and sincere but I am not a person who fears his own action. I would have taken the complete responsibility if I had done it. Also it was a blessing in disguise as I got to talk to the girl, whom I really liked. (This time, I also learned a new chapter that never tell your friends if you like someone, it may turn nasty !)
My reputation in class worsened up day by day and I began coming along as a very  ‘peculiar’ kind of person. Somewhere, I really liked the term meaning strange or different. Though, I would call that being unique ! Actually, it was a term given to me by my Marketing professor during my absence in the class. So you can imagine the ‘nice’ bonding I shared with that professor ! 😀

But then came the gala time and everyone wanted to have fun time and do something and this is the time when I was introduced to the E-Summit -a great platform for budding entrepreneurs, I liked the idea & thought to join its team (irrespective of others in my batch, who thought they were above Engineering students as they were pursuing a Management course).
I met some really amazing people and made a lot of friends there and also came to know some secrets of D.T.U, which really helped me later. So keep yourself surrounded with the right brains !

So, I thought to submerge myself in the field of Entrepreneurship and Blogging and undoubtedly, they gradually became one of my biggest strengths. It wasn’t a smooth ride initially as I wrote some  really trashy posts and also got some really ‘awesome’ reviews but I continued. Some of my friends still hold the same opinion regarding my posts but I kept thinking about the B-plans till the time I made one and thought to present it in D.C.E. Fest and luckily I won it and it was on the topic of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ – which would later become my destiny.

Soon I applied in the Tata Jagriti Yatra (in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s an amazing journey of 18 day, highly recommended !) and organized a donation camp in collaboration with Goonj . In the meantime, I somehow was able to convince some professors to help me get a FICCI and CII membership (I used to attend more of these and less of my classes, as I always preferred the former over latter and was able to meet some of the India’s best minds !).

My M.B.A. was going smooth till I got a call from a friend who asked whether I would be interested in organizing the TED conference and it became more smoother .Wow ! I always used to watch them and now I would be organizing it. I joined the bandwagon and we really pulled every string to make it successful (I do admit I learned a lot and did made some really silly mistakes while organizing it) but somehow it was a success and I was thankful that I was again able to meet some great students.

My love life, that was one issue that I really missed while in D.T.U. and I still think I should have concentrated a bit more on that (but you can’t have everything) and so I will leave this section incomplete while I will admit that I do liked two girls in my class (one for her beauty and sincerity)  and one for completely different reasons which I still think happens most of the time with me ! (that if I logically put in words, I would never like to date her). Though I still wish to meet both of them.

I opted for IT and HR as my specialization, I really didn’t have any inclination in either of them, it was just that I was going with the flow and was knowing somehow that I would still be spending most of my time bunking the classes.

My 3rd semester went smoothly, made a lot of new friends, went to various places and somehow made a very strong bond with my room-mates (which I do know would remain intact till my last breath ! 🙂 ).

The Real excitement started in 4th semester, D.S.M. was buzzing with placements and I was desperately looking out for one. But most of the companies were either not for H.R. or I was not fulfilling their criteria.
But, somehow I made through one company and I was the only H.R. student to make through it and I thought that’s it ! Life is going to get smooth ! 😀

I came to know about the Stanford program called A.S.E.S. (Asia Pacific Social Entrepreneurship Summit) and applied for it. I was rejected but who are they to reject me and I again used D.C.E. in flamboyant manner sending them my recommendation and giving them all the reasons why I should be there….and here I am, ‘Prashant Agarwal Selected’ .

I planned, arranged for funds and everything in less than a week, it was really a hell of a week and on returning I came to know that the company in which I got selected had already conducted the interviews and I was put on hold.

But, somehow Teach For India came and as I had previously taught and respected this organization a lot, so I thought to give it a try and I got selected.

Meanwhile, people in D.S.M. started liking me and I thought to give a try to the girl whom I liked for completely different reasons, so I tried but I didn’t see it working. But I do tried till the end of my D.S.M. days and maybe I will still try sometime in future (just hoping that she doesn’t get married !).

Our 2 years were getting over and I was a bit sad and hoped for a farewell but came to know that our juniors had no plans of giving one as we didn’t give them their Fresher’s Party(and I think that’s completely valid !). But I have to do something, else how would I be able to end this post. So here I was, organizing my own farewell keeping it a secret from others. 😀

I started planning with 3 friends with a corpus of Rs 800, which somehow grew to Rs 10,000 with the support of D.S.M. faculties and which with the help of D.C.E. then grew to Rs 80,000 and it was a gala night. Thanks to the contribution of my friends, we were really able to give a memorable time to everyone in D.S.M.

So, for me D.S.M. has been an amazing place where you can pull off as much as you want, you just  have to have the right conviction and the right attitude !

Few tips from my side (of course, you can ignore them) :-

  1. Keep yourself surrounded with the right guys…it helps you in long run.
  2. Do form a strong bond with your room mates.
  3. Always lookout for various notices on the notice board else where the hell do you think you can find an opportunity.
  4. Just be close to D.T.U. Administrative building, there’s a lot going around here.

P.S. :- I just love D.T.U. and the two years I spent there.

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