Read about Venkat Scholarship and what other winners have to say about it.

Introduction

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly Hello. I am Baani, a second year Btech student from IIIT Delhi. Any questions regarding the Venkat Scholarship are welcome.

Could you brief up top 3 things why one should apply this Scholarship? You can also mention the after Scholarship experience too.

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly 1) The chance to have round the table meetings with top-notch professionals & understanding the work being done at Google. Getting an opportunity to present our ideas & get their reviews about it.

2) Having an amazing network of peers to learn from andgain inspiration from. Each of the Google Scholars I have met till date, are simply so amazing that they help me strive harder & improve everyday.

3) Having alot of engaging, knowledgable and fun sessions being mentored 1:1 by a Googler, and coming up to a solution for a given problem from scratch, career guidance sessions, etc was simply amazing!

What quality do you think a candidate should definitely have to get this scholarship

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly In my opinion, a candidate who has a strong background in computer science, and has a vision for it, is one of the most important qualities. Also, optimism is another integral quality I feel a candidate should have.

Being honest in your application and making sure your application is about you alone and what you have done till date is really important.

Would you recommend this program?

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly Definitely!

Who were your Letter of Recommenders? How did you go about choosing them? How was the process like?

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly I took my LORs from two of my professors in college, who had taught me and knew me (my strengths and weaknesses) really well & were kind enough to write LORs for me.

The professors chosen must know you really well & that should reflect in the LORs.

The details about the process have been given on the website for Venkat Scholarship itself. Since they change every year, its best to refer to the website 🙂

What are some of the things for college students to explore while in college? Could you give some insights

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly I personally feel, college is the time to explore as much as you can and to try out new technologies & make all the projects you ever wanted to make! 😅

Never losing any opportunity to make the most of my college life has been my approach, whether it is a attending a technical session or reading beyond what is taught in the class or making cool side projects! Explore as much as you can! That’s what college life is for! 😀

What is the impact that the scholarship has created in your life? How are you using the 225USD Project grant?

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly It simply feels very amazing as well as humbling to be a Google Venkat Scholar. Apart from the technical skills we got to learn there, getting an exposure and learning about the details of how things work at Google was great! I felt highly inspired andmotivated, seeing the kind of work being done at Google, making sure to keep the users first. Apart form that, you get exposure to the amazing network of fellow peers.

 

I used the grant money to conduct various events for young students around me.

Could you mention some of activities which you were part of in college? Have you won any other Scholarship/Opportunities while in college?

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly I am the admin of Byld, the Software Development Club at my college. I am a working as a research intern at the Laboratory of Computational Social Systems, IIIT Delhi.

I am also a Women Techmakers Udacity Scholar 2017, pursuing a 12 month nanodegree in the Android Developer Track. I have also won the Facebook F8 scholarship & the Bertelsmann Udacity Data Science Scholarship. I have been associated with quite a few hackathons, including being the Event Head for HackIIITD. I am currently working as a Software Developer during the Google Summer of Code 2018.

What advice will you give a First year/second year CSE student

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly My advice would be to stick to what you have done, write honestly & earnestly about your achievements, your goals & your vision for CS. Also, try to learn new skills and work on a lot of side projects apart from focussing on academics.

What advice do you give on writing the essays for application?

 

What do you ‘think’ was why your application stood apart from rest of students applied? Some tips too:)

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly

I feel the work I had done till then, my projects, my academics & my contributions to the societies in my college helped me get along.

Apart from that, being honest in the application and focussing about ‘you’ and your work, did help! 🙂

Could you share some of momentous(also Fun) occasions you had in the Silicon Valley Retreat?

Baani Leen Kaur Jolly I really had alot of fun during the trip to the Silicon Valley! Meeting such amazing fellow scholars and Deepak sir, who made sure that the trip was memorable. There was so much to learn, from everyone at Google & Youtube, be it the amazing work they have been doing, or, their passion & dedication for their work!

I will be soon writing a blog about this. The answer exceeds what can be put in a comment 😅

Heard you are one of GSOC Fellow from College in the Second year(Congrats!!). What preparations can young aspirants do when they are fresher

Thanks alot 😀

For Google Summer of Code, I would suggest you to learn as many skills as possible, select the skill that appeals to you the most and find a project that aligns with your aim and apply for it. More tips can be found on the blog I wrote: https://medium.com/…/journey-to-google-summer-of-code…

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