At Atmiya Vidya Mandir, we students are fortunate that alongside academic activities, our teachers also provide us opportunities to get invaluable insights into the real world. As a part of this process, an interaction session was conducted with one of our alumni, Dhyanbhai of AVM Class of 2018. Being a BITS Goa graduate, he shared with us the habits that helped him remain focused amidst various distractions during his journey so far.

The session started with a brief introduction of Dhyanbhai. Upon being asked his 12th grade results, he said that he had managed to score above 70% as per Swamishree’s agna, although he was the topper of the Science class with 95%. A TRUE ATMIYAN!!!

Thereafter, he lured all the students to the topic of the session, ‘Bits about BITS’. He commenced by informing the students about the advantages of getting into the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He said that a student at BITS gets access to excellent professors and resources and a fantastic learning experience due to the presence of brilliant and competitive people around.

Moving on, he said that getting into BITS is never easy. He then added that the students can get into BITS by following these steps:

  1. Blindly follow whatever our teachers say
  2. Revise NCERT as many times as possible
  3. Solve PYQs of BITSAT
  4. Prepare for English vocabulary and Aptitude section also.

He then informed about the academic programs available at BITS which range from Engineering to MSc to Dual Degree Programs.

Later on, he shared his experiences during his stay in a place like Goa. He said that right friends, a habit to work 10-12 hours a day (developed at AVM) and friendship with AVM teachers were the only things that helped him stay focused in the whole journey.

Adding on, he suggested that the students need to be very choosy about the events to attend, place to sit in the library, people to stay with and many more to not get distracted. He elucidated it by suggesting that we must have a fixed daily timetable along with clarity of goal. It is better to keep ourselves as a ‘low profile’ person as all sorts of people are attracted to individuals who maintain a ‘high profile’. We are fortunate that Param Pujya Swamishree has taught us to remain humble and focused so as to remain ‘hidden’.

At the end of the session, Dhyanbhai emphasised on the fact that it doesn’t matter where we end up in life. All the things that matter are:

  1. Regular attendance of sabha
  2. Friendship with AVM teachers
  3. Open-hearted relation with saints like P. Suhradswamiji

This was one very remarkable session and gave us all a very good dose of motivation. Dhyanbhai inspired all the students to take up a goal in life and strive to achieve it.

Reported by: Kavi Patel, Sarjak Parmar (Grade 11)