Hi there! I am back after a very long quarter for not a conventional update blog post. I will be sharing details about what I have been up to for the past three months, but this post is about something more than just these past three months.
This past year has been a memorable. Perhaps the defining year of my life till now and it was not just due to the success I had professionally but also because of factors in my personal life. I started off the year with a huge smile, happy about the over 2-year long relationship I had been in of which over 1 year was long distance. End of January, things took a bad turn and I felt broken. Throughout February, things never appeared to get better and perhaps I even cried myself to sleep all the nights during that period, but I did take a wise decision. What possibly is most un-Indian thing I could have done (because of the stereotypical definition of ‘man’ people bind to), I decided to go to my college counsellor and pour it all out in front of her. I didn’t know what to expect but it did make a huge difference along with some subsequent appointments.
There are many things that came out of that experience and I am not here today to tell you the details of each day during that period or how it all happened but of the things that followed. Going into that period, I did not have the major of my choice, an on-campus job, or a summer internship. By the time I came out of it, I had achieved all three of them. I was happy that I had not let the most challenging experience affect my academics or my professional plans.
Today, as I am writing down this post, I can say that I had the best experience of my life this past summer at Library Innovation Lab at Harvard and this past quarter, the two graduate level classes I took, Machine Learning and Deep Learning did not disappoint. I am happy to share that this coming spring I will be going back to Harvard to work on an Art and Deep Learning project and interning at a big tech company upcoming summer in addition to starting out Deep Learning research from next quarter onwards.
I never felt too elated by the good results I achieved before this year and the same was true when I got into my major or the job/internship opportunities for this past summer but it is only now that I realize and start to feel proud of myself for the first time of what I have been able to achieve. I want to conclude my story by telling everyone that yes, things do get hard and giving up seems the easiest option but persisting and getting to the things at the end of it have made me the person that I am today.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you have a great holiday season!
P.S. – I spared all the technical stuff I did this quarter, but it will up in ‘About’ section soon.