Saturday, June 09, 2012
How are y'all doing?
Been a long time.. a whole lot of things have happened and I've partly written about those. Will try to finish those posts in the next few days. I can't wait to share it!
Very many things to share... Hopefully, I'd finish all of this on time.
And then, as luck would have it, on the day of the final robot demo, I met with a freak accident with a skate-boarder. Got a torn lip and some chipped tooth. Had to get 15 sutures and left a scar. OK, that was bad, but the saving grace was I cracked the algos final while on Narcotic drugs. I gave my robot presentation with that big fat lip, and it went well. Well, I now sport a scar on my face and gives me a bad-ass look.
Ok, in January, I decided to take life head on. Decided to graduate in 3 semesters. But still had quite a long way to go.
> 3 graduate courses to do
> 2 undergrad courses with exams
> be a TA for a introductory Java class of 180 students
> Take a supervised teaching course
> Since I'm graduating, search for a full time job. (was travelling to the bay-area everyweek for interviews)
>And keep in touch with loved ones at home.
Needless to say, I was quite busy and didn't have much time to do anything else and guess what
I did it all. I completed my coursework and projects on time and applied for graduation! yay!
I know, I'm not doing justice to any of the important events here. But, I wanted to tell the story.
It was a pretty spectacular event and my brother few in from NJ to celebrate with me. I wore an oversized fancy black robe and walked across the stage, got my hooding, had a few photos clicked, raised the champagne glass.. in all was a very memorable happy day.
The job search
Well, this was easily the most stressful part of the whole ordeal. Planning to graduate without a job(leave alone a dream one) is super risky here. Since I'm on a Student Visa, the I20 will expire on the day of graduation and I had to file for a OPT or H1B inorder to stay in the US. Well, I tried everything, prepared whatever I can, read every bit and attended a total of 18 interviews. Yes..18!!
And most of the initial ones were rejections. The companies, failed to see why I'm switching from VLSI to Machine Learning. I was constantly trying to read and prepare for the bigger companies later on.
During the spring break, I gave 4 interviews in 7 days and got 2 of them. VMWare and Bloomberg offered me good positions in Palo Alto and NYC respectively. These were good. But not good enough. I didn't take the trouble to come to UT to join these.. And then I cracked a start up in Dallas. Lymba gave me the position that I wanted NLP/DM but the pay was way too less.. So, it was either VMWare or Lymba... And then on Mar 28, I interviewed with Google and cracked it!!! Yes.. Google!
And I'm starting on Monday, Jun 11. Super excited.
Well, I missed another major event. It is special on its own and didn't want to merge it with this post. More about it next time.