Today’s My Life. My Work series features Arnab Banik from Brooklyn, New York. After reading the previous article This is How I Live, Work and Stay Motivated in this series, he reached out to me to share his story.
This is going to be one of the best inspiring stories here in the blog.
Arnab’s Dad sent him to USA with a BIG condition. Read the rest of the article to learn how he survived here in USA.
- Name : Arnab Banik
- Occupation : Electrical Engineer,Beltran Technologies
- Location : Brooklyn , New York
- Current Mobile Phone : HTC One
- Current Computer : Dell Inspiron
- Current Vehicle : Scion FRS
- Best Place You have visited : Tough to pick, but Gwalior Fort in India and Philadelphia,NYC in USA.
- What kind of books do you read? Usually suspense, adventure, mystery related books ! Anything that gives me a thrill to read. Huge fan of historical facts !
- 1 Year Goal : I don’t really set goals, but I think it will be to learn my work more sincerely and try and find something which I am really excited about. Also will like to travel more !
- 2 Year Goal : I don’t know !Where ever life takes me ! I believe it’s too far a time and there is no point fretting over it. I try to be sincere and honest towards my work and myself.
- 5 Year Goal : Same as above
What do you like most about your work/school today?
For my work, I get to work in the field and get a hands on for what I learned in school and get to apply them now ! Learning about the technology and business aspect of a company is very interesting in itself.
What is your dream career?
Finding a place to work for where everyday when I wake up , I actually look forward to go there ( I haven’t found it yet !)
What is your dream salary?
Varies ! (Work is important, I hope that one day I will be competent enough(read earn enough ), that Iwon’t have to fret over salary 😀 !
How do you stay motivated?
Usually I draw my inspiration from real life people. Hence I love watching and reading about people who have been through hard times and went on to do something amazing with their life !
What is the Best advice you have ever received?
My dad said once ,”Whenever you do something, try to do 100% and once you are done, ask yourself honestly whether you could have done it better? If your conscience says , NO, that was the best you could, then you have done enough and there is no point regretting the results. So try and gve your 100 % so that later you don’t have to regret ! ”
When would you say you are successful in life?
This is very subjective, but even right now I think I am successful. I took decisions and worked hard to get it, so I am successful. Can I do better? Certainly ! Am I hungry to improve myself? Of Course I am !
Study in USA
Why did you come to Study in USA?
Honestly speaking two reasons :
- To see the world
- Opportunities to grow
Which University and Year?
University of Memphis, TN,USA ( Graduated May 2013)
What is your degree/specialization?
Masters in Electrical Engineering ( Power Systems/Wind Energy Systems)
What changes do you see in yourself after studying, living in USA?
More positive and confident. Respect other people for what they are and not try to be judgmental.
Few things you learned about life after coming to USA?
Even though I attribute Indian Education system, my upbringing and the kind of life I lead in India as pillars of whatever I have done with my life so far.
Coming here I have seen people has the guts to stick it out for their dreams.
There is a reason why USA is one of the better countries in the world.
They respect each other, work hard and do their work honestly.
My request to all the people reading this, please do not judge an entire country by their movies/sitcoms ! They work hard and hence they party harder !
Photo and a Story
I always wanted to visit this fort, one of the biggest in India.
It is absolutely majestic looking over the entire city of Gwalior !
I am particularly proud of this trip because this was my first trip alone with my best friend on a very strict budget ! This was the trip where I was hooked with traveling 😀
Any other interesting story or experience you like to share?
When I got my admits way back in 2011, I didn’t get any scholarship or financial aid.
Studying with your own money was too expensive and out of question and my dad was against taking such a huge loan ( which in the hindsight, I believe he made the right decision ).
I was working in Cognizant Technology Solutions during that time (a very comfortable job and I was working from Kolkata from comforts of my home.
I asked and requested my dad to give me money for one semester.
I made a deal with him that, if I can’t manage an assistanship , I will come back and join Cognizant or other software company , but at least let me try.
I am thankful that my parents supported me and I took that risk.
What I had to lose? Nothing.
But I didn’t wanna spend the rest of my life thinking “what if ?”
Even though if I wouldn’t have got any, I still would have been happy that I tried !
Regrets in life is a bitch !
Please chase your dreams and work hard to get them !
Stay Hungry !
Thankfully I got one later in the semester from a different university and transferred there.
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