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‘School seniors at Apeejay Kharghar were my inspiration behind pursuing engineering’

Apeejay Kharghar alumnus Chetan Keshav Ghodke says it is important to set realistic goals when it comes to cracking engineering entrance exams

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Chetan Keshav Ghodke, a second-year student of electronics and electrical engineering at BITS Pilani, says his alma mater Apeejay School, Kharghar, played an important role in moulding him into the individual that he is today. In an interview, the Apeejay alumnus shares the values he inculcated, why he chose to pursue engineering, plans for the future, and more. Read on:

What memories do you have of Apeejay School, Kharghar? How did it shape you for future endeavours?

I was part of the Apeejay family for 12 years, right from nursery till the 10th grade, and was obviously an important part of my formative years. The values that Apeejay upholds were well imbued in my growing-up days. I have a lot of fond memories of the school—it is where I made most of my friends, who continue to be an important part of my life. Rita ma’am and Mamta ma’am, among other teachers, played a huge role in my school life, and always motivated me to aim for bigger things.

Did you participate in co-curricular activities?

Right from the beginning, I actively participated in all kinds of activities and competitions. I was an active part of the annual days throughout my school life—I participated in plays. I was also involved in sports teams. From my sixth to 10th grade, I was part of the school football team and the handball team from the 9th standard onwards.

Was engineering always a part of your plan?

Yes, it was something I always wanted to pursue. Back in school, I dedicated myself to academic pursuits. I really looked up to my Apeejay seniors who went on to pursue exciting career opportunities–some of them got into IIT and other top institutes across the world. They were a big source of inspiration for me, and I was encouraged to pursue something similar. I particularly remember Sunita ma’am in my 10th grade who never pushed me towards any particular stream of education; rather she encouraged me to find my own path.

What about your preparation process for the entrance exam?

It was mostly self-study, but I also enrolled myself in a coaching class.

Can you share some tips for engineering aspirants?

Start studying early. The competition is such that the earlier you start the more advantage you have. Set clear and realistic goals with respect to your chances of bagging a seat in a good institute, based on your level of preparation.

What are your plans after this?

My immediate plan is to do well in the campus placements and get a good job. Later on, I would definitely try to pursue a postgraduate degree abroad.  

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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