Workshop: Journey from Impact Sector to your dream college

With exams knocking at our doors, each one of us each one of us stands on the diverged road of dilemma and confusion deciding on which college to opt for our higher education and us at MASH also find ourselves in the valley of thoughts surrounding us how working in am impact sector will help us face the screening tests of the myriad of colleges we are exposed to keeping in mind our chances of studying abroad.
On the 2nd of April, 2017, Abhishek Singhal, an alumnus of Harvard, MIT, IIM, along with his wife Vidisha pulled a string in helping us in figure out the answers to these pool of questions we have in our mind. He brought in an ‘inside view’ of life at IVY League and poured in insights on how to get into a university of our choice, their main focus being on how our work in impact sector could help us pave a path to secure our entries into some of these institutes to pursue our future interests.
The session was conducted in Spring House, a social enterprise establishing collaborative and cooperative cultural spaces. Basically, a launchpad for startups.
Abhishek talked about the 21st-century skills. The skills required to tackle the present scenario; the skills being even complex for machines to operate on. He talked about incorporating multi-dimensional skills that you can build upon. People working in the impact sector are much of an ace on, in this area because they get to work in different fields.
We further discussed how we always are focused on having our products and ideas sell, rather than actualizing them. We do not invest enough time in building ourselves or our ideas and molding our potentials. We always hurry and hence our focus lies around the fences of selling.
In the process of making ourselves fit for the present scenario, the education institute we choose plays a very crucial role. Abhishek talked of how one should never do settle in for a  narrow case and look into broad courses. However if one chooses a narrow course, they can sprinkle it with various skills. We should always choose the university creates an alignment with our character and the comparison between colleges can only be done catering to our needs. For instance, if one’s focus lies on entrepreneurship, they must choose MIT but for someone who would like to create impact through innovation should go to Stanford. This, however, was his personal opinion and may vary from person to person and this is where personal research plays an important role.
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The most important point was the time one needs to invest in the research work. Ideally, 300 hours are needed to decide which course is best for you and get the college of your choice. Remember not to outsource your decisions.
We even engulfed ourselves with knowledge of how college applications must be prepared depending on different colleges. Henceforth, the session was a fabulous learning experience and most of our queries couldn’t be addressed and answered better. We couldn’t feel more privileged to be a part of MASH and such knowledgeable sessions, looking forward to more of such events.
– Shambhavi Tiwari
Communications Head, MASH Project
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