Updated: Jun 29, 2020
The story of a guy who got admission to his dream college after trying 4 times!
Admission season can be hard. Since the last month, I've received several messages from students, who had been performing well in their mocks but, that day - that one day, when everything that was supposed to go right, went wrong. It was really difficult for me to convince them that it was just a one-off incident and that they must not lose hope. I wanted to tell them to try again, but not having gone through the same pain, I felt I was not capable enough to give that advice.
So, I talked to a friend of mine. A guy, who is known for his perseverance among his peers. When this guy appeared for the CAT exam for the first time, he had a goal in mind. He wanted to get into IIM Bangalore, the institute of his dreams. He went all in and gave his best shot - not once, not twice, not thrice but four times back to back! I was in touch with him the year I got admitted to IIM-A and having missed out on his dream that year, he congratulated me with all his heart. I was devastated, so must have been his state, or even worse. But, you know what he said? He said, "I'll try one more time!"
How many of you have been in that place when you couldn't muster the courage to say, "I'll try one more time". This guy is here today to give you his piece of advice and tell you why you should get up and get going!
I asked him, "What would you say to the students who missed out on their dream colleges this year?"
And, this was his response:
Stick to your dreams. Never settle! If your heart wants something, let it ache and fight for it. You don't have a job? People convert B without work-ex also (IIM-B is the college which gives the most amount of importance to work-ex) You have bad academics? Get 100%ile. 2 out of ABC should call regardless of academics. You are an engineer? Don't worry. Most finance and PM roles are awaiting you. You're old? A very senior dude from IIM-B received a domestic role (CTC INR 2 Cr+ with a major chunk as fixed component) Remember, every college is offering more than a single seat! That seat will be yours only if you stop making excuses and start spending your time on working hard for your dreams. ❤ All the best for next year, go full-throttle this time! And yes, it's hard but not impossible!
Guys, we all lose out on our dreams. But, what defines us is not how hard we fall, but how stronger we are when we get up! The best thing about CAT is that it gives you multiple chances. The dream might not be yours yet, but it's only a matter of time. It will be yours, without doubt!
Let's start all over again - The step-by-step approach to score 99+ percentile in CAT and not give up, ever!