Shiny Choudhary from IIT Kanpur shares his internship story under SURGE.
Shiny is a Mechanical Engineer and hence applied to the Aerospace Department. He wanted some experience in modelling so made his SOP proposal in line with modelling nozzle optimisation in rockets.
Due to some unavoidable circumstances, Shiny could join the internship only after 15 days from when it started, he was unfortunate to not get himself into the task he wanted to explore.
He was not happy with this line mainly because he had already an internship on this and needed some experience in modelling.
He felt like the internship was not going to be fruitful. He was grumpy, irritated and all the while cursed his fate.
Not only him but had you been at his place would also feel the same.
Shiny says “To add to my miseries the work I had to do was kind of mundane and even to approach it and to make out any relevance of my data I had to read a whole new subject!”
He felt miserable in every possible way, and probably even his task seemed to be a burden for him, but it had to be done.
Until one day he found something peculiar in his analysis. Initially, he told his lab mates about it, and they analysed more, and it was pretty staggering. Then he told his Professor about the same, and even he got excited.
The peculiar thing worked as a booster for him, now he no more felt miserable rather he started to work super hard on that.
“That moment of discovery when you only you know something exciting, something novel something staggering. No matter how small! That moment of epiphany was all worth it!”
Every experience teaches us something, nothing goes in vain when we do some research and work on a particular thing, let it not be of our interest or may we have done it multiple of times already, but there is always neoteric to learn.
Even Shiny learnt a lot from his experience.
He has something to share with us about what he learnt.
- When you are assigned a professor, and he gives you work, be a blank sheet of paper. They are people with years of experience and observation up their sleeves. They know the best.
- Sincerity pays. You might not be able to see it at that moment; you might not even get anything new out of it. But that sincerity you put in will take you a long way.
- Stop complaining. I observed most of us were peevish the whole internship for not having some new results. But trust my discovery is not an easy task. Most of the time we stumble upon it, so we need to stop looking!
This is an inspiring story of Shiny, which teaches us a lot. We should never feel depressed for what we didn’t get but should be happy with what we have and try to give our fullest to that.
The grass is not always greener on the other side.
It’s just that we have to work on our side to make it prominent.
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