> Following post was shared by Sarthak Dasadia

I am Sarthak Dasadia, a PhD student at The University of Alabama. My story involves many ups and down of my life. Here it is …

After a depressing result of 12th science, the best option left for me was to choose further studies in pure science.

I was completely unaware what my life had to offer me.

Completing M.Sc previous (1st year) I join Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) as a summer research student.

Accepting what life had offered me, I decided to focus on my M.Sc. I found my science subject very interesting.

It was the second day of my M.Sc final exam. I was checking my emails before I went to bed.

Surprise !!

No email in inbox, and around 25 emails in spam ! I was having a look at those funny subjected emails.

I suddenly found and email with .ch at the end.

When I looked at that email, it was from @cern.ch.

CERN is one of the biggest institute working on Atomic and Nuclear physics.

That email was a notification that I was chosen to spend my summer in Switzerland.

I couldn’t believe on what I was reading. I immediately called that number to verify my selection.

God ! it was. I was going to work on world’s largest experiment i.e LHC (Large Hadron Collider).

I was so happy and meanwhile I also got approval from The University of Alabama for PhD in Physics.

I could believe that life had something totally different for me.

Having a Swiss VISA and an opportunity to work at LHC, my US Visa interview at Mumbai was less than 50 seconds.

I am not joking, it was just a friendly conversation with VO.

She approved my VISA saying , “You deserve it !“.

I was offered no funding when I got F1 Visa.

I spent my summer working on LHC experiment in Geneva.

It boost my confidence and also gave a professional touch to my career.

I arrived in US directly from Switzerland to focus my education in the direction of a doctorate degree.

I got full funding within a week. My experience earned me an another great opportunity.

I was selected to work for US army.

US department of energy with the co-ordination of Oak Ridge science institute awarded me a fellowship this summer. I will be working on some interesting astrophysical system which may have great military applications.

I have a message for those who are reading this. Please never underestimate your self. Life has a lot to offer you. All you should is accept failure and look for success. Best of luck !

(A message to HSB, I don’t want 250rs coupon or $5. This is for the first time I am sharing my story, hoping somewhere in the world there is another Sarthak waiting for some boost up !! )


AMAZING Experience.

I certainly hope more people like you come forward to share such motivating experiences.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sure several others reading this will get motivation and encourage to pursue their dreams.

What if you hadn’t checked your SPAM folder? Life would have taken a different  turn right?

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  1. easwaran on April 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    just fabulous , sky is not the limit for the one who has the will and determination ,it is just the beginning ,keep going further friend
    god bless you
    my son too is hot on phD,
    wishing you wonderful time , thanks to happyschoolblog for sharing it

  2. Kumari Nidhi on March 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    It is a great post HSB.
    Congrats Sarthak Dasadia!! All the very best for your all future endeavors.

  3. Aravind Revuru on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Please Help !

    How can i apply for internship in CERN/LHC ?

  4. Kim Youmans on June 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Congratulations Sarthak and I am not in the LEAST surprised that you have come so far, but of course I have know you for some time. Here’s wishing you many years of continued success!

  5. Manaswi on May 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Great Post!!

    Very very inspiring. I was also feeling low and demotivated about my potential.
    It really helped in restoring it.

    Congrats and all the very best for your future!! 🙂

  6. Donna on May 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Wow!!!as the proverb goes…where there is a will, there is a way…..great persons like you make opportunities, they don’t keep fumbling for them. Hats off to you!!Have a brilliant research career ahead!!Thanks HSB 4 sharing this..Cheers!

  7. ederelk on May 30, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    best of luck. thank you

  8. Siddhartha Saggar on May 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Why the hell are we calling it SPAM then ????? Better.. to name it “Potential” Mails…

  9. Sri on May 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    and Good luck for u r career…

  10. Angelo Kurian on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Congratulations 🙂 , i should start checking the spam folder too 😉

  11. Ravi on May 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Congrats for your achievements. It would be great if u share in details about what u did and how u approached to things/internships that would guide students. merely saying some Sarthak would be waiting somewhere for your story wont boost up anyone.
    What we lack is the research infrastructure and It would be great if u could share how u manage to work on this. Also how u manage to grab ur internship in Switzerland. u must have done some research in India. What we lack is proper guidance So it would be great if u could give that.
    What u did in your Bsc. Which areas/subjects u focused on and internships/projects.

    • Sarthak Dasadia on June 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      I did B.Sc with Physics and M.Sc with Spectroscopy.

      • Ranjith on March 14, 2013 at 5:43 AM

        I am currently pursuing B.Tech in electronics(4th year), which I am no longer interested in. From the end of 12th class i am quite intersted in Physics, and usually would score more in physics than in any other subjects. I thought that engineering is the only way so i had to take up engineering. The lack of knowledge about education system was the main reason and there was no one who could help me at that time.Now I want to change my course to physics and I was thinking that i could do M.Sc in physics with some extra work, but I don’t know where to start and what to start with. I would be more grateful to you if could help me with this.

  12. Lin on May 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Just becareful that you did not involve in a deceitful project that will kill millions of lives

  13. Art on May 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Wonderful sharing.

    Congrats too.


  14. Vandit on May 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Truly Amazing!!! Congratulations Sarthak. Very inspiring post.
    There is a lesson for me to check spam folder because I delete emails without reading them (sometimes).

    @HSB or @anyone_who_could_help, I suddenly can’t find ‘Log in’ tab on HSB….How do i log in? It may be a silly question but still how do I log in?

  15. DEV on May 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    wwwwwwoooooooowwwwwwwwwww! but did they come to know of u? i mean the lhc people. did u apply?

  16. Vandit on May 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Amazing !!! Congratulations Sarthak. Very inspiring post. There is a lesson for me too to check emails in spam folder because I get bored and delete some of them without even reading.

    @HSB or @anyone_who_can_help, I suddenly can’t find the ‘Log in’ tab on HSB…how do I log in? It may be stupid question, but still how do I?

  17. Anish on May 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    great thanks for sharing….and heartiest congrats

  18. Laav on May 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    That’s wonderful to hear. Congratulations and good luck!

  19. abhijeet c on May 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Good to see that your life is moving in a fantastic way…
    May be we will meet in University of Alabama fall 2012…i will be pursuing PhD in Mechanical engineering ..

    COngrats again

  20. Chinmay on May 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Sarthak Dasadia lots of thanks from bottom of my heart .I am going through the hard phase of my life and ur post has really lifted my self confidence .Thanks a lot.

  21. SAI KARTEEK KANDIKATTU on May 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    great going dude.You serve as an inspiration to me and many other who are dejected with their lives.

  22. Anuradha R C on May 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Hey Sarthak! Are you the Sarthak from M.S. University of Baroda, M.Sc. Batch 2009 – 2011?
    (I had joined the M.Sc. batch and left it by the middle of the first year)

    Congratulations!!!!! It indeed is an achievement! And it is also about the attitude of keep trying and doing your best!

    Hope to see you at Alabama in 2013 as I come to US to do my PhD!

    • Sarthak Dasadia on June 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      I did M.Sc in Physics during 2009-2011 from The M S University of Baroda.

  23. Abhinav Sharma on May 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Man, congratulations, thats is called purity of Peace towards your Goals. I think everyone just have to patient because there is a great saying “Good things comes to those who wait.”

  24. vibhashu on May 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    great ,congratulation

  25. AruniRC on May 29, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    this is really an inspiring thing. that what you do matters way more than where you come from. i.e. meaning that a not very remarkable early academic life doesn’t screw up chances of redeeming it later on.
    really great to hear about it.

    @HSB – this restores a lot of faith. an article like this is really nice on your blog after a long while. there were too many opinions and diatribes rather than helpful tips or inspiring stories. thank you. 🙂

  26. rajarshi ray on May 29, 2012 at 5:15 AM


    calling it inspiring would be sheer injustice. really, you and your story deserve much more, a better adjective than inspiring.


    did you make any change to the site? for the past couple of days i’m searching for the login button from the drop-down menu but couldn’t see it anywhere.

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