Interview with Sonica Gopinathan, TYBMS Sem 5 Topper 2013-14 of SIES College (OLD) who scored 82%.
How does it feel to be a Topper in the university exams? Whom will you credit your success to? What was your success mantra?
-I am over the moon! I mean my joy knew no bounds when I came to know that I was my college topper ..It was like a bolt from the blue. I credit my success to my parents , teachers & my well-wishers. “Perseverance” is the success mantra. ( This sounds clichéd but It’s the gospel truth.)
Did you prepare any timetable and please share your study strategy/exam tips to crack each subject of sem 5?
-I started off with the subjects which were difficult like FM and SSF. Since I was from the science background, it was important for me to focus on these subjects. “Understanding” the concept is more important than “rote learning”.. This is what I believe and this is what I wish to convey!
Do you think BMS student require coaching classes or is self-study enough? Had you joined any coaching class for a particular subject?
-Undoubtedly, the idea of classes is subjective. There are people who have fared extremely well even without classes. But yes, as far as FM & SSF are concerned, I’d recommend classes for laid-back students cause these subjects require a good amount of practice.
I had joined Navigator tutorials as I felt that I needed guidance!
What was your specialization subject? Why did you opt for it?
-I chose SSF because Finance interests me!
Can you list the textbooks you referred for all subjects?
-Vipul Publication for FM, SSF, & Ethics, and for the rest I’d referred RPH.
Which was your worst paper? Why? Which was your best paper? Why?
-There is nothing such as a best paper or worst paper…All I got to say is, comparatively I’d underperformed in FM and Ethics!
Today, we often come across students committing suicide out of failure, depression or tension of exams. What do you have to say about this? Did you use any special techniques for stress management?
Clearly, there are some students who are sensitive and vulnerable. Parents and teachers can always talk them out of taking lethal steps. I generally watch movies or read motivational articles (e.g. Speaking tree) that lift my spirits.
The Black Book project contributing a significant part to the percentage, please share the experiences you had during the preparation of the project and how has it benefited you.
-I was fortunate enough to have Anita ma’am as my guide…She goaded us to do the project work well in advance. My project was on “Corporate governance issues in India” and by coincidence, it was a part of the subject “Ethics & CSR” and So I could get a forests-worth of info.
Did you pursue any additional courses/ internships alongside BMS? What are your future plans?
-I had pursued my Spanish course from Academia de Español. Sem 6 is looming over so I need to focus on that right now.
Any tips and advises for your juniors?
-Do not succumb to the pressure and hype…Do what’s the best for you. Balance your work & play so that you don’t have to bite off more than you can chew before exams. Good luck!
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