e0.1.0Updated June 8, 2022
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I found the joy in sharing my knowledge when I received considerable positive feedback within NIT Trichy on an article I wrote on the theory of general relativity in my sophomore year (which, sadly, I cannot find anymore). Those were the days when physics deeply fascinated me. By learning a new concept and sharing it in an easily digestible manner, I was able to help someone else and strengthen my own grasp over it. Win-win.
You can do the same by writing about your journey so that the lessons are cemented in your mind, and also help future aspirants. It doesn’t even have to be in the form of an article (or a book). You can participate in webinars, make a video, or simply write answers on a forum like Quora. Be sure to share the important resources you used in this process. You have incredible knowledge built up through this journey.
The world deserves to see it in action.
Writing a blog article might help hundreds of students along their way. On the other hand, mentoring one student will completely change his or her life. You don’t have to pick between the two; you can do both. Mentoring someone goes beyond providing resources and talking about what you did.
Mentoring someone requires that you understand their situation, empathize, and tailor your advice accordingly.
Pick three to five students who reach out to you when the next cycle of admissions begins. Set up a regular cadence when you can meet them all and be updated on their situation. Share resources to help them with their applications, and find ways in which they can help each other. The good thing about generosity is that it is infectious. Your altruism will soon be multiplied many-fold as the lives you touch begin to do their part.