Name – Urvashi Sharma
College Name – Jai Hind College, Mumbai.
Course Name – BBI
Which year – FY
Rank in FY : 5th
GPA / Percentage: 6.7
- Tell us about yourself, your background, why did you join BBI and what do you plan to do after BBI?
I belong to a defence family. I have been born and brought up in the Naval fraternity in Mumbai. I completed my higher education from the Navy Children School located in my defence locality. From the small alphabets to all the theorems, ethics, morals and principles have been inculcated in me from my respected teachers and my beloved family. My inquisitive interest in the field of commerce made me choose this field for my future. For now I just plan to be a good student who aims for even a higher grade and maintain this respectful position. I want to reach a platform in my life, where all of my well-wishers would be the proudest of me; a place where I can actually feel satisfied.
- How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in Semester exams?
It is a great feeling to reap the fruits of my hardwork. I really worked hard to be one of the toppers in the college of my semester-1 exams. I plan to work even harder and aim for the stars because sky is not the limit.
- Whom will you credit your success to?
Without thinking much, my parents are the first ones whom I owe all my success and happiness. Their endless support, comforts, luxuries as well as the best of education provided to me is the main reason for the person I am today. The abundance of knowledge, my teachers: high school as well as the college faculty of F.Y.B.B.I, their enthusiasm as well their support has paved my way through this journey of my success. My sister has been the greatest source of inspiration as well as the first reason for me taking up this stream. The reason is her being a student of the same stream and of her working in a profound company successfully. Last but not the least, is my best friend, who has been there with me throughout my school life and even now; in all sweet and bitter times.
- Did you start preparing from the first day of your FY / SY?
I did not actually start preparing from the first day of Semester-1, being honest. As my internals started approaching I started to get serious and worked hard every day to give my best performance. Also, attending lectures on regular basis are the number one reason for the clarity of my basics and concepts.
- How did you study for Sem I?
The very first step includes being regular in lectures because that reduces the last minute stress to a great extend.
For every subject I personally study in the same manner, i.e. by making notes simultaneously as I read through the matter. This is the best way to retain the important pointers in all subjects possible.
- Which are the easy subjects in Sem I?
- Effective Communication (E.C.)
- Principles of Management (P.O.M)
- Informative Technology (I.T.)
- Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?
From my school times, we have been taught to write answers in the form of points and underlying the key words to make it simpler for the teachers for their correction as well as highlight the main pointers of the answers.
- How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?
There isn’t a special cheat for cracking case studies according to me. I just read over it twice and apply a little common sense. 😛
- Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?
Drawing diagrams definitely fetches you marks in most of the subjects, especially ECONOMICS by drawing required graphs. It is always a plus point for gaining extra marks or for gaining some marks if you aren’t sure about your content.
- Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?
I do not follow any special time table for studying.
- How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?
I happen to face many mood swings as well as distractions during exam preparations. This happens to be the case of almost every student. Mood swings are just feelings that tend to pass with a matter of few minutes, by not thinking over it and studying the subject with even more concentration.
- If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?
First and foremost, we would want to eradicate the textual learning system. We would love to be taught experimentally where rote learning is not an imposition. Secondly, I feel, subjects like Economics and Quantitative Methods (Statistics) should be combined so as to teach us to apply two concepts jointly; which apparently lacks in our present system.
- Many students prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear that they are not from big college / not from English medium and eventually lose confidence. What message would you like to these students?
There is nothing like a different medium or background that can divide knowledge. Hence, losing confidence is just not the right thing to do since knowledge has no boundaries. The harder you work, the farther you go.
- Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? What is your message to the upcoming BAF / BBI / BMS / BFM / BMM / BBA students?
I personally do not believe in competition as for what I have learnt from the years gone by. We should just know about ourselves (strengths and weaknesses) and prepare even better than our limits.
- Your feedback for BBI.CO.IN ?
Study hard no matter what, because this is all the time you have in your hand to mould your coming future.
INTERVIEW TAKEN BY VANITA GODWANI, JAI HIND COLLEGE