Testimonies

College is cycle of stripped identity in which we continuously challenge our minds, step outside our comfort zones, and sometimes lapse into being lost. Without you, we would not have a foundation to feel grounded ever so often, so thank you.

To our professors: Thank you for making learning our passion. Twenty years from now, it will not be the grade you gave us that mattered, but the lessons you taught us through the textbooks, the discussions, and the office hours. Eloquently stated and simply put, you all are wonderful. And to those who have chosen or will choose their career.

Show up on time. Don't be that student who is perpetually late throughout the quarter. You'll angermany professors and frankly, even perturb your peers. If you think your fellow students are forgiving of your tardiness, you're mistaken. Most dislike your blatant disrespect of the professor's time or conclude you feel like you deserve special treatment or consideration. Respectfully, the simple truth is you don't.
Let me know if I'm doing a good job. If my lecture engaged and challenged you, tell me. If you enjoyed the new exercise we tried for the first time, let me know. If you're a better speaker, writer, thinker, or working professional at the end of the quarter, send me a handwritten thank you note. The flipside to this, of course, is helping me improve. Am I speaking too fast? Keep me posted. Am I mispronouncing your name? Correct me. Am I not clearly explaining trait theory of leadership? Ask for additional examples. I realize some professors may not welcome your suggestions for improvement.

Learning experience for all of us, and yet through our mistakes and achievements, you never denied us another opportunity to initiate change, initiate conversation, initiate an idea that could make a difference. Thank you for allowing us to make mistakes, supporting our efforts, and celebrating our accomplishments. In this day and age, it is rare for an environment to exist where one can break my mold, my cookie-cutter idea, and let myself become, quite simply, what I chooses to be.

To be a successful entrepreneur, students need to build stuff. Lots of stuff. Sitting around and talking about it doesn't count, filling out business plans doesn't count, winning contests doesn't count, only executing counts.

"Stuff" is not necessarily a "startup." From my personal experience, more than 80 percent of students interested in startups don't have the experience or knowledge necessary to get one off the ground right now. Entrepreneurship classes teach a backward mentality of "make it the first time or entrepreneurship is not for you." Follow-on rates after business plan competitions are abysmal. Contests and classes create a perception that a student's first venture is their one and only chance to prove themselves as an entrepreneur. They have thought students to build, fail, and iterate.
Entrepreneurship' majors/minors are mostly worthless. Rather than relying on classes or in-house competitions, good entrepreneurship programs pull in the local entrepreneurship community for internships, speaker events, and workshops. Stop coddling students inside the campus walls and throw them into the real world.

It also means learning to code. Yes, everyone. Even if it's just a little. This is college: You're here to learn, and without question, technical skills are the No. 1 value generator at startups of less than 10 people. There is no excuse these days for lacking understanding of basics.

The best thing you can do to become a successful entrepreneur is to model the best.

"Success leaves clues. People who succeed consistently are not lucky; they’re doing something different than anyone else. They have a strategy that works, and if you follow their strategy and you sow the same seeds, then you’ll reap the same rewards."

Thank you,

Regards
Nishanth S Gowda

Batch: 2012-16

MD: Mys Agro Food Products

Website: http://www.mysagro.in/

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