Answer by Shivam Mishra:
After the ranks of JEE and scores of BITSAT were out, I had lot's of options for different branches. I chose mechanical at IITG vs CS at any other, because:
- I can spend nights drenched in grease, trying to perfect a suspension. I can't spend couple of hours staring at few lines of codes, searching where I missed a semicolon or where the damn segmentation error is coming from.
- I am not terrified of machines 10x larger than me. I am more than terrified to work in a field where my job can be swiped from under my nose, the very next day.
- I am more attracted by the whirring of a V8 than by Megan Fox. Or for that matter, Jessica Alba. However, Ms. Fox, working an acetylene torch in Transformers is totally different.
- I want to understand why the universe behaves in the way it does and what laws of thermodynamics predict what phenomenon.
- I want to see for myself whether or not a warp drive is possible and will we ever develop enough to see a human cross the Oort Cloud.
- I am more fascinated by the thought of building something physical than going to any other country.
- I am more interested to help my country become a superpower. Not that much about my account balance.
- When I built my first bot, the joy it gave me was unparalleled. I tried a lot, but that joy couldn't be replicated by any amount of complex code, compiling on the first try.
And many more.