SRM Amaravati encouraged and backed a cohort of five students to be a part of the Startup Semester Program in University of California, Berkeley. Following is an account of the program by Tuhin Sarkar, a part of the cohort.
My endeavors for the Silicon Valley.
So, on 5th January 2018, I land into San Francisco International Airport with zero international experience and a million expectations. The sub par temperature freezing my ears off brought amazing excitement into my body. Although I stood there frozen with no clue of how my life’s gonna be, I was beaming, beaming with joy, maybe just because I was here, maybe because I was gonna be in one of my dream schools, or maybe the life and my world was in for something new.
Berkeley is an amazing place. The epitome of peace and yet chaotic, beautifully landscaped and yet full of concrete. It’s even more appealing that this is where it all merges, the academy and the industry. And so I see myself, the one who receives knowledge down here at the University of California Berkeley and goes exchanges it for money south down at the Silicon Valley. I aim that some day I stand inside the VIP area of the California Memorial Stadium with the banner of my company hanging there. The University has provided me with enriching and life changing experiences that have changed my understanding of the world in and out, and it is just a few weeks into it. Now I will test my chances in the valley that takes in silicon and showers gold over you ( if you press the right keys 😉 ).
I imagine myself learning in and about the Silicon Valley. Being familiar with the tid bits that go from how to handshake in San Jose to how to manage my money in San Francisco, will be my main objective for this class. This program will enable me to feel home with the practices here and introduce me to the people that align with my ideas and are ready to support me. I see myself not only creating but also having a nourishing experience here at The Introduction to the Silicon Valley.
And as Reid Hoffman says,
Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.
I plan to grow one myself.
And how can I forget to thank SRM for providing me with this golden opportunity 🙂
Joining the SRM family is a decision I’d never regret.
Thank You 🙂
Article By: Tuhin Sarkar, CSE, 1st Year
Edited By: Aayusi Biswas, CSE, 1st Year
Supported By: The Student Council, SRM Amaravati, AP, India