How to Win Scholarships? Share your Ideas

Don`t be scared to share your ideas with people especially when you are studying at a University. Testing and trying different things build the attitude of solving problems and makes you sensitive to handle problems effectively.

Most of the students believe that their ideas are not perfect but perfection is a subjective theme. So, don’t use perfection as an excuse.  Proposing and expressing your ideas independently allows you to initiate at a small level to apply the wisdom and experiences of others in multiple ways if you can follow the potential opportunities where you can express your ideas precisely and clearly can contribute hugely in the world along with personal success

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I will share a very small example from my personal experience—

I proposed a few simple experiments to my supervisor which aligned perfectly with the ongoing research in the laboratory.  My supervisor permitted me to execute the idea. The objective of the idea was to replace the standard nutrient or food solution of algae by the cattle waste to reduce the cost of producing algae. If you are a biologist or studying the related field, you might understand it more. Just imagine that you are trying to replace the plastic with bioplastic.

It is usual if you feel a bit anxious in the early stage of research or start-up because of inconsistency and setbacks. You must keep your concentration and consistency in your project where it belongs and learn to respond with a conscious and calm mind. There will be moments when you will think to quit your project which is mostly due to compulsive behavior or desire for quick results. Let them pass as most of the present problems won’t matter in the coming five months. And remind yourself about consistency or any positive experience that you have read will help you overcome the hurdles. These small choices that you will make for your project will be eventful and culture you to become a problem solver. It is your responsibility, but if you quit the project then your responsibility is over, so make your progress. This is why a student should utilize his University time effectively to have that an extra edge among the cream students.

I was learning and unlearning quickly because I was setting up experiments and failing regularly; therefore, I was producing more data and eliminating the things that were not working. Eliminating things in work or research is one of the best ways to increase the efficiency in your decision making and reaching your final professional goal.

Well, the idea of working in a laboratory is different as compared to attending classes as it is not the standard way of learning in the day to day life.  Occasionally, you will have doubts in your strategy as working on a project without any hope of getting a quick reward is not the way the regular school or university teaches you, but it shows you that it takes time to create something new. It will guide you to respect the audacity of your dreams. You will need to strengthen the ideas by diversifying the experiments or conditions.

The experience of undergraduate research will always have a lot to teach you and will give you important questions to think about.

There is always something to learn in every failure which teaches you to create your problem-solving equation. This attitude of working makes you an extended and better version of yourself by developing your planning, long term patients, and communications skills. More importantly, enjoying the experience of science or creating an independent project is the most rewarding feeling. Consistent trying improves your persuading skills which always give you a prejudicial advantage as you will learn to express better.

I made frequent mistakes which caused me to repeat the whole experiment from the starting. Sometimes, it was taking two months to repeat the complete test because of one small error. The results will depend on your efforts and positive mindset to embrace the passion for science and learning from every mistake.

To win scholarships or convince the selection committee, you need to build a strong foundation which will only progress with time and consistent efforts. You need to understand expressing your ideas in words is very critical for your application to be shortlisted for final selection. It gives you the edge over other applicants and increases your success rate in various forms.

Stay tuned. it is about to get more interesting 😉

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How to Win Scholarships? Consistent Interaction with scientists, investors or leaders.

In my last blog, I shared the importance of networking in University and high school to build your diverse networks that have Huge impact in your profile to Win INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS.

Today, I am going to share one of the important networks that I made in my University time which has helped me in every step of the journey to winning International Scholarships.

Here is the link

https://talkwithnik.com/2019/05/09/how-to-win-scholarships-work-on-your-networking/

Continuing the Journey after the director of the department introduced me to one of the Young Scientist working in the area of Algae Biotechnology.

When I first met the scientist, I didn’t have any clear idea about what I am going to say. So, I explained to her my broad interests and shared the past research projects that I had done in High school. She said that her funding is for a specific project but, I will get to learn everything new. Getting a chance to be a part authentic laboratory is an excellent opportunity. I got introduced to various projects about industrial applications of algae which have now booming industry.  I was ecstatic. My supervisor introduced me to a Ph.D. student who was my instructor in the laboratory. It was just six months past of my 1st year of undergraduate school, and I have already landed an excellent place to work.

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Some of you might call it luck, but It was the constant communication with seniors, professors, and director of the department that led me to this lab. Reaching out all the possible options will increase your overall value and chances of being a part of something bigger than you, and as a result, you will receive far more diverse knowledge than other students. To extract the maximum juice from your university life, you need to acquire more non-cognitive skills in addition to cognitive skills.

The way you interact with all the team members in the laboratory is the way your learning ability and career curve will progress. Since the beginning, I had great relationships with all the members and Ph.D. student who was my guide in the laboratory. She gave me the related reading material to know about the become project in detail. Though I knew that reading hardcore scientific articles will be difficult at that time, but I continued the process to know the right way to develop my scientific reading and writing skills. It was my responsibility to take the personal initiatives by going through various online blogs and magazines which are the best source of interdisciplinary information in any subject which was indeed useful to know more about the renewable energy market and research. In the next few weeks, I started learning new techniques like to grow algae and make biofuels from them. Taking a course which is opposite to regular customs of the university such as exams and assignments will expose you to brilliant ideas and inspire you to think differently.

Ph.D. and other senior students are aware of their responsibilities and daily tasks.  It is an official program where faculty, department and other team members regularly interact to keep track of every aspect of an individual project. The things will be different for an undergraduate student but if the student makes the excellent use of the opportunity both in lab and bench can turn out to be the most fulfilling experience. Students who work in their undergraduate school either scientific or non-scientific by learning new workflows, tools, processing data and formulating further questions.

For much of your school and university life, you are trained to be a right part of the system which is essential for law and order of the society. But if you want to think beyond this single and defined strategy. One must adapt to the change with technology and market to attain a more diverse experience. Undergraduate school is the best time to know if you like the idea of research or if it meets the requirement of your career curve. Getting into the laboratory or even in regular contact with one supervisor working on a secondary research project gives you a broader idea of the scientific world. The working experience in a laboratory or field will teach you additional vital skills that can be incorporated easily in other domains of work such as time and project management. A biologist will experiment either in a laboratory or environment whereas a business student can research the specific market or clients.

One should adapt to use bold strategies in undergraduate school as it expands the profile in many ways which shows the potential of the student. Most of the students have assumed that securing good marks will make them achieve the fulfilling experience or dream project which is the tragic way. Instead, they should expand there horizon by learning from the experience of your supervisors or seniors. One way to do this is to communicate frequently with your supervisor and next immediate senior about your doubts and ideas through email, WhatsApp or any other medium which is acceptable by both parties. Have the presence of mind while communicating with your colleagues. What makes your undergraduate successful is not the efficient completion of monotonous college routine which million other students are doing around the world. But it is the diversity and richness of your experiences that make you unique.

Working with a collaborative mindset increases the efficiency of research in the workplace; therefore, sharing ideas with colleagues and supervisor will bring out the maximum output for the team. It is critical for personal and group success in science or any other venture as it increases both individual and group participation. Furthermore, with positive guidance from your supervisor and team members can strengthen your ideas. It is important to coordinate your ideas between two or more people to achieve the final purpose.

Next blog will be focused on Ideas and expressing your ideas without fear…

Stay tuned 😉

How to win Scholarships?

The next series of posts are needed because of lots of young people have been asking repetitive questions related to studying abroad and winning scholarships. Especially for students from low-income countries or who wants to win scholarships to keep their financial status better while they are studying and living abroad. Chances are if you are reading this blog, you want to study abroad and live a unique experience.

This section of the blog is written to guide undergraduate and Master`s students to develop there academic and non-academic profile which can help them to win International Scholarships and work abroad. Students always have different questions and doubts about the essential requirements to win scholarship and funding at the national or international level. Although there are many blogs and information available on the internet along with certain personal experiences.

As no such detailed experience is available, so I am sharing my journey with unusual and exciting experiences, traveling and networking. Once you have read this series, you can use this unique and untapped strategy as a reference or template to develop your unique ideas.

It took me a lot of hit and trials to design my own toolbox to learn both within and outside the framework of the University. Both play an essential role especially if you want to stay in academics and wants to win the scholarship. But once I figured out the potential opportunities that we have today is exponential.

Nobody in the past – your parents, your elder siblings or your grandparents had these opportunities. By the end of my Undergraduate school, I had already won two short scholarships, obtained 4 good recommendation letters and immense experience in both academic and non-academic fields.

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What was the golden rule behind this efficiency? Consistent networking and communication.

 

 

And it is time to accept the truth that simply scoring the top grades won`t win you an International scholarship. Therefore, when you prepare for the final task to apply for scholarships, it will be tiring to prepare for completely new things in quick time.  In contrast, I adopted and worked on the skills by spending time in various events and volunteering where I could learn more by eliminating the excess pressure in Undergraduate school.

After completing my graduate school, I got won two International scholarships to conduct research in Spain and then in Canada. A lot of undergraduate students started texting me to know the secret. Fascinated to realize, I have jotted down some points that I had done differently made me realize that I should share these tips with future undergraduate kids. So, I thought writing this new series of blogs which could be the easiest way to share these untapped strategies.

It will discuss the simple yet effective ways to build your overall profile and develop networking skills while you are studying in School or University. The detailed tips and tools will help students, especially if you are not from a top-tier college or have poor grades in their previous semesters. However, the student needs to show determination and constant hunger to look for more clarity in this experiential journey. Now, you have multiple ways to improvise your profile to compete in both academic and non-academic industries

In the upcoming blogs, you will find the detailed experiences of undergraduate school, my internships, case studies fellowships, summer schools, and networking that I could share in words.

Stay Tuned…

 

The Mountain of Lakes

In continuation to my first blog. I spent six days in KASOL, visiting different villages and going on small hikes. I had an amazing time just like everyone else  . Sometimes i wonder wherether there is someone who has been here who wouldn’t want to spend the rest of their lives here. I stayed even though my friends left for Delhi after six days. I came to the mountains to relax and rejuvenate and take a real break. I went to my cousins place in Kullu who lives near the river stream to plan a hiking trail in KULLU Valley. Luckily, I got a contact from my brother who organised these amazing treks to less explored and desolate hiking spots. He was taking a group to the peak known as FUTTASAUR. So, I took a bus from Kullu and reached the base camp at Haripur,Manali. I met my organiser with whom i bonded very closely and we became the best of friends right from the start. They were living a life with nine dogs and a small apple farm, this sounds like this has been taken right off the pages of a book but trust me its all very real.  I did my first hike to TRIUND in 2013 when I was doing an Internship in Naddi, Dharmashala. That’s a different story, but we can talk about it later.  So, Futtasaur was my first major hike at approximately 14500 ft located in Kullu Valley.  Surprisingly, there were only 3 people in the group along with 5 team members and 2 hiking dogs- Troy and lizzie . The best part of hiking and the adventure is that you always learn many things in a different way. I met a guy who wanted to be an adventure photographer and he came to test his limit and survival threshold.  7th August,2016 was the first day of our hike and all I saw was heavy downpour and usually it’s not advisable to start your trek in this sort of weather conditions. But all the team members were pumped up and had already packed their stuff. Another thing that is not good for hiking is fog, and the fog was so dense that it surrounded and covered whole house. We were just waiting for the rain to stop, so that we could start our hike from Sohail village which is also the oldest village of kullu valley.  Before I begin with my hiking experience, I wanted to tell you the meaning of FUTTASAUR; Saur means lake and Futta is the name of goddess of sohail village, So it’s a lake at 14000 ft which is a very pure and sacred place for all the villagers and They believe that even if a single matchstick or a thread ends up on the lake,it is blown away by the wind or taken up by a bird.

Apart from this congress and some private organisation had proposed a skiing project in this range of Haripur-Futtasaur which was estimated of worth 40,000 crores. They wanted to make this valley a tourism spot just like Switzerland  but it was the opposing party  and villagers who voted negative for this project because of their ritual beliefs which I believe should be respected. Because it is more important to build schools and educate people before building such projects as these projects will never help villagers at a big level. Only government and private organisations will make money out of such projects. I think it was great decision by villagers which has maintained the integrity of the environment in that region.

 

I couldnt wait to start the hike and soon I realised that my feet were getting wet, so I covered it with a plastic cover. We reached Mindua for our first base camp which was a beautiful camping spot surrounded by  Marijuana farms and lush green vegetation. The marijuana of this region is known as Banara cream which is also sold as Malana cream in various parts of Himachal and Delhi. We reached at mindua and set up our camp and waited for the other team members to join us. Well the party started and the dinner was prepared. All we had to do was enjoy the moonlight, cool breeze and eat like kings. The next morning we had fresh tea extracted from the barks of Taxus wallichiana usually found the hills of manali, kullu and Shimla. Locally it is known as Rakhal. The tree has been listed under the endangered species due to illegal smuggling to western country laboratories. The extracts from Rakhal has various anti-therapeutic properties and specially used to make anti-cancer drugs. You can check the further details in this article :- http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/taxus–treat-23274.

After day1, the climate was pretty bad as it was monsoon and we had to walk every day in rain for almost 5-6 hours. But guys hiking during monsoons has it own perks as you can see the million shades of green color like you have never seen before. Its more green and vibrant along with all the different herbs and flowers blossoming with little fog droplets on it. We were walking down the trek and listening to the stories by fellow hikers. I made quite exciting new friends “Tunu”, Joginder, Gangaram who were quite interesting people and had many stories and lessons to share. They told me about Nagshatri “Trillium Govanianum” a small herb easily grown in these mountains preferably in shaded region. It is illegally transported to many parts of the world because of its increasing international demand.The demand of the products obtained from this herb has been constantly increasing and with rise in demand the herb has been already listed in endangered species.  Constant poaching of this drug is a serious global threat which requires the urgent use of advanced conservation strategies.

Note: The smuggling of these endangered herbs are usually done in luxury buses through various routes of Himalayas.

I have many more stories to share which I’ll cover in my subsequent blogs. For now, let me skip ahead  to 4th and 5th day of our trek which were really tough because of the harsh climate. The main hurdle was the constant rain at 10,000 ft till 14000 ft as it was raining for about 10-12 hours/day. It is not easy to walk in heavy rain specially in alpine region. Alpline region is the plane region of the mountain that has no trees and shrubs just like Mount Everest. Just think of hiking the Everest under a strong rain. Ultimately we made our base camp at parkurni at the end of our 4th day where we also met a shephard who told us about this mountain range and short cuts to reach the different lakes in the region. That very day me and tunu went to the lake which was just across the mountain. It was a pretty small lake which looked like a hangout place for grizzly bears. The next day was harder as we had to climb another 1000-1500 ft to reach the lake of FUTTASAUR………….

 

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