"Over thirty years of IITs, yet, all it does is train some bring kids to work in multinationals. I mean look at MIT in the USA...," it was the first time I had came across 'MIT' in 9th grade when I was reading Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat who himself was an Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) alumni. Later in 10th grade when I was reading Jumpha Lahri's Namesake again I dashed across MIT, this time in a deeper context. I was astonished by knowing that there was something that was even better then IIT, yet even after knowing that fact I was determined to go to IIT. That was the best I could have got in India and may be even in the world.
I had been preparing for IIT's entrance exam since I was in 8th grade. That's how it is in India; bright students spend bulk of their time preparing for the IIT's Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). I wasn't any different, but the only thing that separated me from the others was that I also used to give time to other things in life. I used to exercise daily(Students ignore even health keeping), I was involved in many activities(this is the main thing that Indian students lack), I used to equally pay attention in school(As IIT requires only a minimum of 60% in 12th grade students totally ignore school). Last summer I when I moved to US I realized that I would not be able to go to IIT anymore; my parents are not ready to send me back to India this spring for the IIT test.
When I came here I was amazed by the opportunities this country had for me. I started grabbing all I could and the best one was when I joined Chicago Android Group. At Chicago Android Group I met the best minds from my area including many of the MIT's alumni. I was not ashamed to be the only high school student in the group, but I was proud that even though I was a high school student I was invited to give a presentation. When I joined school I was overwhelmed with the excitement of joining many clubs and contributing to the community. I also have plans to volunteer at a Kinder Care next semester.
Lately I have been thinking how my life would had been like if I were in India. Especially with just few months for JEE I would had been studying day and night for it. Even if I were not destined to come to US I might had given up my position from the board of advisory at the Science Museum due to the pressure from the test.
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