Challenges keep me interested in college

How organizing an event changed me

There are many things in life which can influence a person. My college life was boring until the event. It was the first event organized by me.

Six months ago, I was back in college after a long year of drop. I had no interest to be in the college. I wanted to do something — something which can keep me interested in college— challenging.

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful — Joshua J. Marine

In drop’s year, I came to know about ACM-ICPC competition. Its one of the most popular programming competition. I thought of having such kind of competition in college. I discussed this idea with my friend and he become my partner for organizing competition.

We were two programmers who had no experience of organizing an event before. Also in my college — even though its an engineering college — this was the first time of having such kind of a programming competition.

We two geeks discussed this idea with the head of our computer department. He was a nice HOD, who was willing to welcome new ideas. Then we met the principal of the college and he also welcomed our idea.

Once getting support from our teacher, we guys started working on our plan — Building a team to prepare for and organize the competition. But it was not an easy thing to get sponsors, create questions with many test cases, do publicity and get participants — not only from our college but from outside as well.

Do One Thing A Day That Scares You

We were doing marketing, programming and management. It is tough task to manage people. The only form of marketing we were familiar with was — online social media marketing. And that too only on facebook.

I created an online registration facility on my website (not active now). We used to post on facebook and hoped to have hundreds of registrations.

Even though we were good at programming and OK at marketing, we had zero experience in getting sponsorship. Luckily, one guy asked about being title sponsor of the event on our facebook page. I did not even know what ‘title sponsor’ meant.

“Luck?" Drizzt replied. "Perhaps. But more often, I dare to say, luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in executing the correct course of action.” ― R.A. Salvatore, The Halfling's Gem

The correct course of action in this case was those random posts on facebook. Even though doing random posting on social media is not correct way of marketing, we were doing it through out the day, every day.

Before three days of programming competition, we were doing good at marketing and publicity. But we had prepared only two questions. Our aim was to make 8 questions with at least 15 test cases each.

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. — Eminem

On the day of event, my friend and I were ready with one sponsor cum speaker and 5 questions with 5 test cases each.

Event was not as per plan but successful enough to have a mark in history of my college. We guys created a history in college. That was the moment where I was feeling proud of doing something unique and unforgettable.

we are here to make a dent in the universe

Now we are going from an event to a committee. Taking the next step of the challenge, this will keep me interested in college for next semester.

Update: Read About The First Event We Organized As Committee on 1 April.