lack of motivation

lack of motivation

Photo Credit. Even this guys is frustrated.

Abhinav Sharma lack motivation and sent me the following email.

I am from Punjab. People from Punjab don’t really get admit in USA universities like how south Indians do.

Because of Lack of motivation for GRE and exact knowledge of GRE exam an its preparations take us to pathetic Visa refusals and University refusals too.

Plus students who are really good with academics and don’t have funding can never even think about to study in USA.

In my case, I was really a great student. I did my schooling from Punjab, Distt.

Hoshiarpur which is not big and got 80% marks from Punjab school education board. After my 10th grade, I cleared my JET (Joint Entrance Exam) with 549 rank among all my state. With concentration in Mechanical Engineering, I did my 3 year Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with full tuition waiver because of top academic performance.

Due to good academic record i directly got admit in 2nd year of in Mechanical Engineering from Chitkara college of Engineering under Punjab Technical University. After completing my Degree in Mechanical Engineering with 80%, I got chance to work with Research and Development department in Automotive sector company as a Design Engineer.

After 14 Months of working as a design Engineer, I started preparing for GRE for Fall 2013. Due to lack of motivation and bad teaching, I scored only 290 score in GRE. My friend who is in Texas still motivating me to prepare for just 2 months and then give exam.

He know that I can do that but inside I am not motivated much because of family troubles. Please share your views what should I do now in this situation?

Lack of Motivation

I don’t agree to you about being in Punjab is affecting your preparations and reason for low GRE score.

These days, all you need is an internet connection and a computer to find information about GRE prep and higher education in America.

Don’t blame your environment for lack of motivation.

Take responsibilities for your action.

Motivation must come with within.

If you have strong desire to Study in America, then you have to work towards that goal.

Read the following articles to kick start your Higher Education Journey

Your personality plays a major role to stay motivated. Read and watch this video where I talk about Personality type vs Academic type.

If you are type B, then change your mindset to Type A.

Question to You?

How did you motivate yourself and what do you think Abhinav should do to stay motivated?



  1. Rithesh Francis on November 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    dude, if it is your real dream, nobody can ever ever stop you..u got me?., work on it..all you need to do is ask urself ‘ what do u want in ur life?’ and how you want see yourself in coming years?.you will be alrite buddy..i know you will make it. Cheers

  2. Hina Qasim on November 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I have a Doctoate degree in pharmacy (Pharm-D) with 3.0GPA and my GRE Scores are 276. I have two years of work of experience in diffrent health projects.
    I would like pursue my masters in Public Health Epidemiology(fall 2013) could any one please suggest in what school I sholud apply? Also, tell me about the funding opportuneties and Assistantships.

    Thank you.

    • Hina Qasim on November 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Or any other suggestion/advice/kind comment, please share.


  3. verghese on November 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    You should really think about what you can gain by studying overseas.That should be the motivating factor.

  4. Venkat on November 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Hmmm lack of motivation……. Okay my friend, If u have a strong desire to do Master’s then there is no need of motivation, bcoz the desire will make u to run behind it. Even i am preparing for GRE & TOEFL whenever i feel tired of while solving some stuff, I will just go to my dream college websites and few reviews of GRE student, That will re-energize me again & i will be in-track.

  5. Vignesh on November 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This is an absurd article.
    Reading these articles weaken reader’s grammar.

    • Raghu on November 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I hate to say this, but I’m tired of your comments. How old are you? Like 16?

      • DEV on November 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        yup raghu! this kid is either fed up of everythng or thinks he knoz evrythng!!! heyy vigs!! get a check up u need help! i hve nevr seen u giving postve comments to ny post!! and keep finding mistakes in this comment too! sick!

    • vish on November 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Why are you reading then?

  6. Abhinav Kumar on November 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I appreciate the responses give to me and holy you people are really nice to boost my old level of motivation. I m glad that nice people are always there to boost me like this. This was my first blog. I am not a great user of internet. Yes I understand the points given by Raghu. Special thanks to him.
    Yes, Gunnar Fox is right. I have to fix problems or have to find a way to study and manage everything.
    Asvikki – Yeah man, I am trying to schedule my 2 months with full dedication. I am not working or doing anything in next 2 months and now gonna prepare fully fledged.
    Geet – Yeah, sometimes we have to see the failure at least once in life, which hit you so hard and that failure always lead to success. I am not gonna miss this opportunity this time!

  7. Abhinav Kumar on November 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Yeah, I understand the point from where it is coming. I think, every person fall once once in life. I never saw failure in my life. But yeah those who learn from failure are true hero. I am trying my best to get back on my old track of getting the pace of learning things. thanks Aksh for your experience. I appreciate that!

  8. Aksh on November 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I am from a very small village of Rajasthan, where going america is like an impossible dream or even you can say “We saw AMERICA only in TV, never heard even a single person from our village or near by”, and higher education itself was like no way we can get… Today I’ve finished my B.Tech and currently working in R&D with leading IT company. I took my GRE last month and scored 311. I know it might not be good score yet I’m happy I can go USA and pursue my higher studies.
    There is never like a dead-end… all you have to do is to stand after every fall..
    I’d say, I always faced what you are saying… However I kept my self on and tried my best.
    Only and only way to win is NEVER GIVE UP…

  9. asvikki on November 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Scoring low in GRE isn’t the end of the world. Not many ve come out with flying colors in first attempt. I have seen people, taking GRE thrice and getting admit into reputed universities.

    I disagree to the point that, since environment did not motivate you , you ended up with a low score.. Like what raghu mentioned, Internet is the best resource. Most of the people who study here have never attended any GRE coaching classes, whatsoever. Now that you know the pits occurring in GRE, you ve a better chance to give ur best shot next time.

    Universities don’t blindly consider just the GRE score for admit. there are a large number of factors. Your work experience, undergrad score, lor, sop etc all comes into picture.

    It is worthwhile to note that, US universities are student friendly.If you are truly a deserving student with good acads, you may get a scholarship or some other kind of assistant ship.

    Utilize 2 months to the fullest. Itemize your schedule. Take as many mock exams in between time and again.So, that You ll know where you stand and you can rectify your mistakes. It is up to the individual to inculcate the passion and give his best. So, never lose faith on yourself.

    I hope you ll bounce back and reach great heights, Wish you all the very best my friend.

  10. Gunnar Fox on November 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Abhinav, the academic feats you have previously accomplished far exceed the GRE in terms of difficulty. Also, that you are from Punjab is of no particular interest to American universities, who tend to view India as a unitary monolith. In America, you are fundamentally Indian, and plenty of Indians will continue to be welcomed to study in the USA. You may as well be one of them. There are particular strategies that make sense for Indians in the application/admissions process and these do not differ depending on what part of India you hail from.

    My main message to you would be to understand that you are in control of your mindset. As I always tell students, whether you realize it or not, whether you intend it or not, whether you like it or not –- the first thing that affects anything you do is your mindset.

    You are a great student but right now your mindset is not allowing you to celebrate this. Right now, the way you are approaching this process is not unlike starting a boxing match three rounds down — only YOU have beat yourself up, not the opponent.

    Your Punjabi background, your family problems, your previous performance on the GRE (which has nothing to do with your future performance if you prepare properly) — you are beating yourself up with all of these things, which are really irrelevant to your academic potential. If your family problems (which I do not mean to minimize) are not manageable at the moment you will need to resolve those so that you may focus properly. You can do it.

    Best of luck!

  11. Bikram on November 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I dont agree with you Raghu .. He is right at his place .. I went through similar situation .. however succeeded with lot of hard work ..

  12. Geet on November 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Last night I was talking to my mother about how she got job in top company of India 30 years back. She lived in such a far flung area where there was no electricity , no big exposures like today ,women were not encouraged to study and family income depending on farming ,in which every one had to participate. Punjab is not that backward.
    So if you are determined to get what you desire , if you really need something , you will have to very work hard for it and no one can stop you from achieving it. I find my motivation in this, may be it will help you too.

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