Journey of a CS student
Here is an excerpt from an interview published on www.careers360.com that talks about the journey of Shruti Goyal, a CS topper who hails from Chhattisgarh (article dated: August 23, 2013)
Q. Congrats Shruti. Tell us a little about your background.
A. I come from an academically-driven family. My father did his double post graduation (MCom and MA in Sociology). And both my elder brother and sister are chartered accountants.
Q. You did your schooling in Hindi medium. How did you confront CS modules scripted in English?
A. The barrier is psychological. I studied in a Hindi medium school in a small village called ‘Bariyon’, Chattisgarh. When I switched to English for professional course after Class 12, I had to break that language barrier. I took a lot of help from my CA brother and sister who were like good translators - it was rather easy to understand concepts from them. I used to comprehend and read the text repeatedly, so that I could remember it. I never tried to mug up my work in English, because I know it won’t help. Now I feel that I managed to get a grasp of the language.
Q. Is this your first academic success?
A. I excelled in studies throughout my school. I was always listed among toppers. I got 1st rank in CS executive level in the state level and all India 6th rank in CA-PCC level exam. Since I was listed in the merit list of toppers, I was felicitated with Institute of Chartered Accountancy of India (ICAI) scholarship. I get a postal cheque of Rs. 7500 twice a year from the institute.
Q. Why CS alongside with CA? Did multiple courses help?
A. I wanted a broader knowledge about the finance field. Since both these courses are related to accounting profession, the course contents more or less overlaps. I felt 50% of syllabus is similar. I chose CS because it stresses more on applicable company laws and rules. So with a systematic planning, it was easy to handle both courses.
Q. What was your concentration strategy?
A. I am sharpest in the morning - mentally best from 6 am to 9 am. I scheduled the difficult papers for morning and easier ones for the following day. I effectively studied for 6 to 8 hours. When I would feel sluggish, I used to go out for a walk, chat with friends and family. Relaxation is must for me – so that all my energy goes well to my brain. Proper sleep, chatting, walking released a lot of tension. I believe one should study smarter not harder. God has given us beautiful brain. You just have to apply 1-2% of it and you can rock the world!
Q. Tell us about your last minute preparation…
A. Last minute preparation was easy for me. For exam takers, time is a major constraint. The one year consistent daily preparation helped me in the long way. It gave me the strength to revise my books in a jiffy. I kept myself cool in the exam hall. I was clear before hand that I should not leave a single question.
Q. Your advice to CS aspirants...
A. Befriend your course books as you love any other novels. If you get stuck, take guidance and sail on, without sleeping on it. If you fail, don’t get bogged down, keep trying for it. Success will come to your door!