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No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it. – Grace Slick

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

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12 Creative Ways to find a Summer Job

Now that school is winding down, a lot of students are looking for summer jobs. You want to find the best job possible – one in your field of interest, that pays well, and gives you a ton of relevant experience…. but how? Continue reading

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Airbus – Fly Your Ideas Challenge

By Arush Chandna


The Airbus-Fly Your Ideas Challenge was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Thanks to this competition, I got to work on a really cool idea, with two very intellectual peers under the guidance of a really inspirational and experienced mentor.


Since a very young age, I have possessed a penchant for aviation. One day, as I was browsing through StudentEvents, I saw that Airbus was organizing an event for students. I was elated. I knew I had to do this.I got in touch with two of my friends, both aviation enthusiasts like me and we decided to start-off.


We were working together on such a project for the first time and I believe that the instant cohesion of our team was one of the main reasons we made it to the semi-finals of the event. This was also the first time that I got to work under a senior employee from the industry for a competition.Our team’s mentor, a highly experienced Airbus employee not only came across as an excellent and inspirational guide, but also as a model professional.


We were absolutely amazed by his ability of pinpointing the loopholes of our 5000-word report and presenting them in a very precise, yet articulate and convincing manner. By the end of the 9 and half months over which the competition spanned, I gained memories that would last a lifetime. What had actually started out as a task to build my resume actually turned into something much more than just that.


From our initial brainstorming sessions to eagerly awaiting our mentors feedback every time we sent him a draft of our proposal, I believe that the lessons that I have learnt from each phase of this competition will go a long way with helping me in my professional life.






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Meet Arush…

Position: Head Ambassador in India

Study Field: Bachelor in Engineering

Uni: Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India

Recently, it dawned upon me that I have just passed the halfway mark of my Bachelors course. This thought further instigated a session of self-reflection – a look back at all the memories, learning and occurrences that have shaped the most memorable two-and-a-half years of my life so far.

One thing that I noticed was that all these experiences had a common link that was instrumental in their realization – student events. Be it the competitions that have acted as an avenue to bridge the gap between the theoretical notions of my curriculum with relevant practicality or the conferences at which I have so often been left awe-inspired, it is without a shadow of doubt that I can affirm the positive contribution of student events in my undergraduate odyssey thus far.

“All these experiences had a common link… student events.”

Also, I have realized that some of the most inspiring moments in your life come through some of the most unexpected avenues. For example, it was at a conference on ‘sustainable lifestyles’ that I met an academic who enlightened me about this really cool concept called ‘design thinking’; a topic that I am now considering for my thesis. So next time you get the opportunity to get involved in a conference, competition or seminar, make sure that you go for it!

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From the Classroom to Consultancy #8

Shadowing some of the organization’s activities and services this Monday has been, hands down, the absolute highlight of my week. Who would have thought it?

Our team split up into three groups, and I went to check out a tea dance. It’s basically a Victorian English-style afternoon involving tea and dancing (ie. Waltzing and cucumber sandwiches, that kind of thing).


I was very glad to have gone, mainly on account of a rather interesting factor concerning the event:

the average attendee was in their mid-eighties.

There were several older gentlemen present for us to interview. We were able to gather many valuable and interesting responses (boy they had some stories to tell!), but it was talking to one particular 94-year-old lady that gave me a much appreciated new-found sense of optimism and possibility. In between rounds of dancing her little butt off, this nonagenarian talked about her love for conversation, education, keeping the mind active and the brain curious.

”You’re never too old to learn something new”, she stressed.

The woman earned her university degree in history at the age of 70! Now that’s something to think about, isn’t it.

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The Leadership Question

By Oladeinde Adewale, Campus Ambassador (Middle East Technological University)

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

I believe that the current global trend of student events that is spanning across the world (be it in economic, social, environmental and political dimensions) is calling for more young people to become future leaders.

The world is in need of leaders that will think and act differently; young and potential leaders that will take the bull by the horn and act swiftly to the rising modern era of different challenges facing the world. As can be observed, the world has rapidly emerged to be a more dynamic system that requires continual need for more credible leaders in different capacities and human endeavors.

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A Reflection on Rejections

By Arush Chandna, Head Ambassador in India

First of all, let me share with you why I chose this topic for my post.

To start off with, I have received 5 this week. So you can say, I was just in the mood for it.

Many of you may be actively involved in extra-curriculars (as I’m sure a lot of you reading this post are) will be quite familiar with this feeling. It sure can be gutting to get rejected for a business plan competition when you’ve worked on it for 3 months.

Recently, I received an email from the organizer of a conference that my profile was amongst the top three they were considering for the position, but they only had to select one.

The last line of the email read, “We advice you not to get discouraged”. Aww c’mon!!

But believe me, there is a way of overcoming this disappointment. And although this, I know is easier said than done, it is pretty easy and works quite well for me. Whenever I’m feeling a bit low, I just take half a day off and start working on 3 new applications. Trust me, in time; this does pay its dividends.

Because when you get that one mail that says, “Congratulations, you have been selected” or “We would be glad to invite you to…” oh boy, it sure does feel special. 

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The Engineering Scenario in India

By Arush Chandna (Head Campus Ambassador in India)

The Indian education system has seen drastic changes in the past few decades. The expansion of the Indian economy in 1991 through liberalization and globalization has led to a massive increase in the number and variety of jobs offered to professionally educated individuals – most notably engineers. This has ignited a tremendous interest in most of India’s educated youth to receive a college level education in engineering, clearly visible in students right from high school.

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A Postgraduate Perspective

By Sreekanth Daruvuri (Campus Ambassador for S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai, India)

Ever since I started my MBA course at SPJIMR, one of the top ten B-Schools in India, I have wanted to participate in B-School competitions apart from studies.  However, I didn’t have any information regarding such events until I found out about StudentEvents.com

StudentEvents helps management students like me to find out about various competitions and events happening across India and abroad.   Continue reading

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2 Events with Incredible Prizes

Money and goodies: two of the best reasons to participate in a competition!! There are lots of great competitions out there, but the news of these competitions rarely reaches its  target audience. That’s why we’ve decided to locate and list some of the best that also offer some of the coolest prizes.

Whether it’s a world-class adventure or just a pile of cash that you are after, these competitions have got you covered!

The 2011-2012 International Student Design Competition for a Sustainable Laboratory in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Field: Technology & Engineering; Architecture
Open to: Bachelor, Master
Deadline:  1 May 2012
Prize Offered:
1st Prize: $14,000
Are you an architecture and/or engineering student? If so, then you are invited to participate in an International Student Competition to find the best design for the new  Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center (MREC) . The MREC will be located in Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve, a National Park unit on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Participants in the design competition are encouraged to provide new and innovative thinking for the MREC design, to produce the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs possible.  Students must creatively pursue the highest level of energy and environmental sustainability through the integration of design and engineering strategies that take into account the operation and maintenance of the laboratory facility and the campus. Students should view their submissions as concepts that will incentivize the use of their strategies throughout the Caribbean basin.
Field: Medical
Open to: Bachelor, Master, PHD, Non Student
Deadline:  4 October 2013
Prize Offered:
1st Place: $7,500,000
2nd Place:$2,500,000
3rd Place: $1,000,000

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