Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kevin O' Brien shares my blog on his facebook page!!

This was on April 20th.

He also tweeted it here ->!/KevinOBrien113/status/193082377822683137

The whole day, I was like "OMG. Kevin O' Brien read my blog."

Thank you for making my day Kevin! :)

OMG. I got into MUWCI….In another universe.

Edit : This post was written last year when I didn't get in after attending the interview... If you got here from google or something, check out this thread ---> MUWCI Interview -- If you already know that, never mind..

.....“OMG. I got into MUWCI!” That is how another Adarsh would have started his blog post in some parallel universe on his blog.

Not in this one.

In this one, I didn’t get in.

....Here's how the call went.
“Hello, is this UWC Mahindra?”
“I’m calling to know my result. Application number *6*.”
“What is your name?”
“Adarsh Rao?”
“We have sent your letter today….and it is a reject letter.”
I said “Oh. Okay.”
“Thank you.”
“Thank you.”
*Call disconnected*

To be honest, I was expecting it all along so, I wasn't surprised per se but yeah it did feel like crap.

 I'd recently come across Kubler-Ross's model of grief (Wikipedia Link)

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Those are the five stages. I'm closing in real fast on the last stage if I haven't reached it already.

It was an experience I didn't mind experiencing so, I don't really regret applying.

I've been trying to write a blogpost about my 24 hour stay at the UWC Mahindra since the past 20 days. I never really could get myself to write one. Guess some things are meant to be memories just for yourself.

I just thought I should post here that I didn't get in after that really-really long post about me making it to the interview stage.

Until Next time,

(PS : If you are a future applicant, you're welcome to ask me anything you want to know about the interview. )

Edit 2013 : I would appreciate it if I didn't get any more queries about the interview process anymore. It's become a thing of the past now and I would prefer to keep it as one. I hope you understand. Good luck to everyone applying anyway!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Random Ramblings - 5

            I’ve been hammering away at this keyboard for the past 30 minutes trying to write something but as soon as I  finish writing a paragraph, I’m like “that’s not good.” And then press ctrl+a and delete it.

            I don’t know what to write yet I want to write something.

-          I’ve been off facebook for almost 48 hours (technically) so that is probably fuelling this urge to write something, anything.

-          I’ve probably grown an addiction to the likes on my status and now that I haven’t received any in the past 48 hours, I’m growing restless.

-          Do check out Fast Car by Tracy Chapman if you haven’t. Amazing song. link ->

-          Read “The Sins of the Father” by Jeffrey Archer in about 4 hours. I wouldn’t call it ‘awesome’ per se but yeah, it was good.

-          Also give a listen to “The Scientist” by Coldplay

-          Word’s intelligent. Word as in Microsoft Word.

-          I’m waiting for an e-mail from MUWCI. It can come any time during the next 5 days so yes, that’s another 120 hours of feverishly checking the e-mail. But yeah, whatever happens, it’s for the good. Actually, whatever happens, I’ll make up some ridiculous story to show that it happened for the good. People who know me will vouch for that. *wink*

-          There’s an ant on the screen of my laptop.

-          Learnt some Fluid Mechanics today. It was ‘interesting’. It was kinda hard at the start but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it.

-          Not blowing my own trumpet, but I sometimes look at the speed with which I type and grin.

-          It’s 58 minutes until the latest episode of Missing. Missed the last episode because I was playing the Wall at MUWCI. *dreams*

-          Got another Chris Ryan novel from the British Library…It’s called “Killzone”.

That’s about it for now.

Until next time,


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Once you've been introduced to something better...

Once you have been introduced to something better, you don't feel like going back to the earlier thing even though you managed to live with it in the past. You start craving for the better thing because you know you deserve better.

I’ve got some time to reflect on my experience at MUWCI and that precisely explains what I’m feeling.

During the interview, I was asked “Why do you think friends are important?” Honestly, I was dumbstruck. I had no idea what to reply. But then, I said “It’s because of my friends that I have fun. Were it not for them, I’d probably have been sitting in front of the computer 24x7.” and then proceeded to explain ‘why that was important’. That’s when one of them interrupted me by saying “You don’t need to justify having fun.” And the other 2 interviewers nodded their head saying “Yes..”

            Now that I think about what they said, I’m surprised… I realized that I always keep justifying why I have fun. Be it watching T.V or just chatting with someone on Facebook or playing, I keep justifying why I’m having fun. 

“You don’t need to justify fun.” – wow. That statement is so profound

The article here -> is exactly what I’m feeling.

I spend far too much of my time trying to justify why I'm going to do something. Before I buy a new pair of pants I have to determine the reason why I'm doing it. Do I need these pants, or am I just buying them because I like how they look? When I go to eat a candy bar I have to justify that now is an okay time to eat it because I haven't had one for a while. If I decide to just relax and watch a movie I have to justify that I really do need a break and I'm not just being lazy. 

Can't I just do fun things for no reason at all? It's like I'm putting myself in check every time I'm doing something just because I want to. I've noticed myself justifying my actions constantly and I don't like the habit. The only actions I don't question are ones that involve hard work that will lead to an ultimate goal I've set for myself. For example I never question whether or not I should be taking photos because I want my photography business to grow. I never question why I'm practicing dance moves because I want to win a an Open Championship competition someday. It's like I've subconsciously decided that fun things are only allowed at certain times while work is always acceptable…..”
 (Click on the link to read the entire article. It is time well spent..isn't that ironic?.. All I've been trying to convince myself is that some activity is to be done only if it is time well spent. Sigh. I guess that's been hard-wired into me. I want to unwire it though..)

Earlier, I was all set to go to colleges that make you study 24x7. But now that I’ve been given a taste of the MUWCI experience, I do not want to go there. I want to have fun. I so, so badly want to get into MUWCI. Yes, I do realize that they will be rejecting about two-thirds of all applicants but I want to be in the remaining one-third….

I’ll have to wait until the 23rd (or 24th or 25th) of April to find out. That’s about 12 days from now…

The waiting sucks.

Until next time,

(PS : Expect more of these ‘reflection posts’.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

36 hours have passed but still....

Even though it’s almost 36 hours since I left MUWCI for home, my thoughts are still revolving around the events that happened during my 24-hour stay at the campus. I keep thinking about the stuff that I’d done and wonder if I could have done it differently. But then, AM tells me “Dude, stop thinking about it. There’s nothing you can do about it now.”

To be honest, I don’t feel like writing about my experience there because I don’t think I can justify it with words. You have to be there to experience it.

            The people there were so open. They talked about everything so freely. The environment was intellectually stimulating, the discussions were interesting. It was fun to see the current MUWCI students keep pulling each other’s legs. Everyone was very friendly. The old graduates and the faculty were so ‘cool’.
I’d call it a utopia but then again, not everything was ‘good’. There were certain instances that made me feel like I probably didn’t belong there. But then, later, I realized that it’s probably just because it’s my first day there. Maybe if I get in and make some friends, I’ll feel like I belong there. And, there are some things that I wish I had done differently but there’s nothing that I can do about that now.
             MUWCI seemed a really cool place to spend my next 2 years at. No doubt about that.

There’s nothing left for me to do but to wait until the 23rd of April (which is probably the day the results will be announced). I’m understandably curious to know if I’ll get in or not.
I have no idea what my result will be. It could swing either way.

No matter what happens, the 24 hours at MUWCI were an amazing experience for me. I’m glad to have got a taste of the UWC experience and it felt good. I was happy being there….

Until next time,

Harads (Let’s see who can decipher that one.)