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People attend college or university for many different reasons (for
example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge).
Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific
reasons and examples to support your answer.

A person must always practice what he loves and must always pursue what he is passionate about. In order to follow your passion and achieve your dream, attending college is a must. Other tahn the degree, a college also helps in socializing, provides a person with exposure and campus placements which would help a person achieve his dream.

A college is absolutely neccesary for people for people who want to pursue a particular field of study. It provides a person enough knowledge to compete at different levels. For some students, knwoledge is extremely important, even more than degree. In Chetan Bhagat's novel: Five Point someone, one of the college students goes to a college for the sole purpoe of learning and thereby, establishes a name for himself in the future. Thus, people do go to college to learn.

Some student go to college also for the purpose of obtaining a degree. With sixteen years of education a minimum criteria in the countries like the United States, some people do tend to go in for an engineering degree which offers four years of graduation, thereby, satisfying the criteria and gives the student an option of directly pursuing a masters degree abroad.

Also, some students do take up relatively easier courses in Commerce and Arts, rather than an engineering or medical, as these people at the end of the day, they want to do MBA which can be pursued by having a degree in any field.

Most of the colleges offer on campus placements where companies pick some talented students. People do look at a college as a medium to gain exposure to the outside world by gaining placements and working in the field and with the people that they have always desired.
Some examples from the past including the likes of Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, have suggested that there have been people who have not gone to college but worked hard hard and made a name for themselves but according to me, a college or a university is extremely important for a person in order to provide sufficient, gain exposure, socialize and also achieve his/her dream.

GRE-the rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves.

Posted: by Kratik in
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The author asserts that the rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves. Well, I agree with the author but only partially as according to me, although the rapid pace of life leads to increased stress and staying away from the family, it also breeds innovation and give rise to new developments day by day.
The rapid pace of life does lead to less mixing of the members of the family. Taking an example of a friend of mine named Franid. During his school days, attended school, then, came home and completed his school homework, had dinner and slept. Now, he would do this day and day out. Slowly and gradually, he got completely cut-off from his relatives and soon started to feel aloof. This is so different from the time a century ago when the life wouldn't be at such a rapid pace. The people would have more time with their respective families and not be so pre-occupied with themselves.
On the other hand, the fast moving life of nowadays also gives rise to new developments day by day. With the help of another example, this time of the developments of the Intelligent Electronic Device (IED), I would like to explain my point. Technology in substation automation was limited to a single substation and monitoring data from various stations would not be possible. Due to the rapid pace of life, day by day the scientists moved closer in attaining their target and now, with the help of an IED and advanced processors, we can monitor the data from a number of subtations which also adds revenue to the state electricity board.
The rapid pace of life also leads to increased stress levels and has seen several people take up extreme decisions. The rapid pace of life has seen a number of farmers from the Vidharbha district of India commiting suicide after succumbing to problems like poverty. Rapid movement of life had also had it's effect on the Real Madrid Football Club board who want rapid success and are not prepared to offer football managers enough time to build their squad, thereby, sacking them after several months when they have unable to come up with results. This also happens due to the pressure from fans and media. Thus, the life that moves at blitzkrieg demands success at every moment, leading to increased stress.
But a fast moving life of today has also lead to people like Ratan Tata come up with the cheapest car in India, Nano worth Rs. 100,000. Tata told his employees to design and manufacture a car that even a middle class man can afford and so, there they were, Tata came up with Nano within an year. There were obviously increased stress levels and a lot more work load than usual but it also lead to Ratan Tata serving the society.
Though the rapid pace of life nowadays might cause problem but it has also benifited people in a number of ways. Looking at my personal life, I think that a man usually perform to his fullest potential when he is under pressure but again excessive pressure also leads to people going to extremes.

GRE : The destiny of the society is determined by how the children are socialized.We haven't really learned how to raise children....

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 by Kratik in
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According to the author, the destiny of the society is determined by how the children are socialized. He also states that we haven't really learned how to raise children, who can bring about a better society. I do agree with the author but only partially as accoring to me, other than the friend circle of a child, perants also have a duty towards raising the child and making him a better human being who can help the society in the future. In response to author's second assertion, I again do not agree with him completely as there have been examples from the past that have seen people come forward and help the society by bringing about a change that has been experienced by the future generations.

Several examples from the past have indicated that socializing a child has lead to the good or the bad of the society. Taking one such examples of this friend of mine named Gavin. Gavin played guitar as a ten year old for a local band in my city as often performed with kids who were usually older than him. As these kids were usually teenagers and felt like rockstars, they occasionally engaged in gambling and at times even stole ornaments to buy quality instruments for their band. As Gavin spent an awful amount of time with them, he too slowly and gadually got involved in these practices. Their band, including Gavin were convicted once and were put behind the bars. This activity certainly didn't help the society and helped make new criminals. Thus, socializing does help in determining the destiny of the society as such socializing may lead to criminals and can have bad effects on the society.

The perants and the elders also have a responsibility towards the child and they too must take action. Taking another example, this time of a star footballer, Wayne Rooney. Rooney's brother is a professional boxer. During his Everton days and early days at Manchester United, Rooney's attitude always came under scrutany as the current Manchester United star would openly abuse the opposing team players, at times also the referee. His behaviour and im abusing the fans, while playing many club games and also for his country, England, has seen him face have fine, at times suspension from football matches as well. Thus, it's only not the socializing of a child that determines the destiny of the society, it's also what he learns at home and how has he ben baught up that determines which direction the society heads.

Subash Chandra Bose, a famous Indian freedom fighter was extremely socializing and got the people from various regions and terretories to fight for a comman cause being the freedom of India. This helped and resulted in a massive dent during the British rule. It also united the country as a whole and eventually lead to the British leaving India. Thus, socializing does help in determining the destiny of the society.

Sri Sri Ravishankar, the founder of the art of Living foundation, often known as the spiritual Guru of the world lived with his perants. Good teachings by his perants resulted in Sri Sri learning the holy Indian traditions and engaging himself into spirituality. From the age of four when his recited the Bhagwad Geeta, Sri Sri has come a long way into creating the Art of Living Foundation which aims at relieving stress and making people smile. The Art of Living foundation conducts it's worksops in more than 150 countries and has helped prisoners, people affected by war and millions more by teaching them to smile and making them live a stress free life.

Thus, socialzing has it's good as well as bad effects but is not the only thing that can determine the destiny of the society; the impact of perants and elders also helps to a great extent to determine what kind of a society we eventually will end up living in.

Vasudeva Kutumbhakam

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 by Kratik in
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Har pal ek awsar, muskurane ke liye,

Har Lamha, ek mauka kisi ke prati samarpit hone ka.

Umr bhar rehti khushi, ye aarzoo se jalen diye,

Ek sath chalen hum, dikhate rah.


Holding hands and fly,

An everlasting bliss, experiencing camaraderie.

In present we live, feeling ever so high,

We are one world, one family.


Tuhin mehsoos karte chale ek safar par,

Sansar ki kashti me rehte hai hum.

Chahat, hamara ek hi pehlu,

Tairen sath sath is pyar ki nadi me, Vasudeva Kutubhakam


Gushing through us, our spirits united,

Together we stand, smiling freely.

On a divine venture, we feel blessed,

We are one world, one family.


Na dharma ka bhed, na koi atithi,

Ek Garv, ki hum sub hain saman.

Gayen ek geet, muskurana sikhayen, hamari kriti,

Harshit hain hum, Vasudeva Kutubhakam.

GRE: People who are the most deeply committed to an idea or a policy are the most critical of it

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by Kratik in
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The author asserts that the people who are the most deeply committed to an idea or a policy are the most critical of it. Well, I agree with the author but only partially as according to me, being critical or fault finding depends on the trust that you have on the person carrying out the task.

In author’s support, taking an example of my personal final year project which was based on the idea, I along with my partner, we started off the project well by considering each others point during the designing. As soon as we came to the actual implementation part, both of us were extremely critical of the idea that we had taken ourselves. Every single step would require us to look at every single parameter and at times contradict our own idea. In fact there were times that we changed our decision to carry out implementation in a way how we had earlier planned. Now, one of the reasons why this was happening was because both of us were deeply committed to the idea and never wanted to hamper our project. Thus, on the behalf my personal experience, I agree with the author that we are highly critical of ideas that we are deeply committed to.

Also, examples illustrate that contradiction does exist to the author’s assertion. Considering the example of Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata group of industries, Tata while commuting in his car saw a family of four people commuting by means of a scooter. Tata wanted to change this and so he did. Considering the economic condition of India, he his employees to design and manufacture a car which a middle class man can afford and so Nano was launched, the cheapest current Indian car available for Rs 100,000. Tata trusted his employees and didn’t get critical enough of the idea and policy of Nano. Thus, according to me, not being crictical comes with trust. Going back my project example, maybe I and my project partner didn’t trust ourselves and our idea enough to pull of making an Intelligent Electronic Device. Had we done that, maybe, we wouldn’t have been critical of ourselves and our idea.

Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal football club follows a policy of not buying the so-called “stars” from world football. Millions around the globe follow Arsenal and though Arsenal haven’t won the premiership since six years now, Arsenal fans are confident of Wenger and his policy as they trust him to the fullest. Arsenal play the best football in Europe along side Barcelona and as Wenger has seen it and done it in the past, there is no question as to why he can’t come up with yet another team which can bring the premiership crown to the Emirates Stadium.

If a graduate wants to go the United States to study and for his pursue master’s degree, then, come parents are highly critical of the idea. Although his parents and deeply committed to the cause of him learning more in the field that he is interested in, they become extremely critical of the idea of him going abroad and pursuing his education. This is largely due the costs that they have to bear for his education, also having a thought of how would it help him. The idea here is the son going to the United States and the parents want him to excel and gain knowledge but they do tend to become critical of him pursing education abroad. In the example mentioned by me, maybe the parents are afraid of their son’s failure or maybe don’t trust his credentials to acquire what the degree has to offer.

According to me, a doubt only creeps in when one is afraid of failure or when one doesn’t trust the person carrying out the operation. Apart from these reasons, the way I look at it, a person is usually calm no matter how deeply he is committed to the idea.


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