Interview with Astha Juneja, FYBFM Topper 2014, Jai Hind College

Name –Astha Juneja

College Name – Jai Hind College,Mumbai

Course Name – BFM

Which year – FY

Rank in FY / SY : 1st

GPA / Percentage: 90.33%

 

  • Tell us about yourself, your background, why did you join BFM and what do you plan to do after BFM?

Answer: I had started taking interest in the workings of the stock markets when I was in the 12th standard, so I wanted to pursue a course which would be on the same lines as my interest. When I examined the course structure of BFM, it motivated me to join the course.

After BFM, I am planning to work and not pursue higher education immediately.

  • How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in Semester exams?

Answer: It feels great. Although it’s not a new feeling for me since I have been the first ranker for 9 times in my School. So it’s rather a habit which I am addicted to!

  • Whom will you credit your success to?

Answer: My teachers, parents and competitors.

  • Did you start preparing from the first day of your FY / SY?

Answer: Haha, yes ofcourse. I love studying.

  • How did you study for Sem I / Sem III?

Answer: For theory subjects, understanding concepts in the classroom itself is a big advantage, and then going through the same at home. I devote ample time every day to my studies. It keeps me on track with the portion so that nothing is accumulated. For subjects like Accountancy and Statistics, I solve abundant numerical to become perfect at it.

  • Which are the easy subjects in Sem I / Sem III?

Answer: I think theory subjects (Business Environment, Microeconomics) are much easier since there are specific concepts in such subjects. Practical subjects which include numerical solving (Statistics, Accountancy, Principles on Investment) are tougher since you need a lot of practise to become good at such subjects.

  • Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?

Answers: My answers are to the point and in bullets. I prefer to write in bullets because writing paragraphs will neither make my answer highlight my point, nor will it be interesting for the teacher to read. I always try to write in my finest handwriting…keeps the examiner happy!

  • How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?

Answer: Once the concept and working of the topic is clear to me, it becomes easy to comprehend.

  • Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?

Answer: I try to make my answers as easy to understand as possible with the help of diagrams, charts, bullet points, etc. Even if a diagram is not compulsory in a question, making one would do no harm, provided I have enough time to make it.

  • Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?

Answer: My study pattern is to study every day. Being regular keeps me updated with the subjects and lessens my burden. Minimum 2 hours study per day is a must for me. I spend more time on the subjects which I find difficult.

  • How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?

Answer: Mood swings are rare when I prepare for my examinations because I am completely focussed during that period. I am lucky that I have no sort of Distractions in my life. A half an hour break is a must between long study hours.

  • If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?

Answer:If I have the opportunity to become the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, I would thrive to include practical training into the Indian Education system, so that the students are willing to study the subjects which they otherwise find boring.

  • Many students prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear that they are not from big college / not from English medium and eventually lose confidence. What message would you like to these students?

Answer: It doesn’t matter where you come from, unless you believe in yourself. Belonging to the top college won’t ensure all the success in life. The true measure of a person is what he does with what he has.

  • Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? What is your message to the upcoming BAF / BBI / BMS / BFM / BMM / BBA students?

Answer: I have learnt that the most important thing in life is to do what you really love doing, only then can you excel in it. I love studying that’s why I excel in it. You can beat the competition only when you are excellent in your field. Also, I think competition is a must in every field. That’s what keeps one motivated.

Message for the upcoming students is, choose a career which you want to go in and put everything you have to be successful in it.

  • Your feedback for BFM.co.in?

Answer: It’s a really good initiative since the students pursuing these courses can have online support and guidance through these websites, which are especially dedicated to their courses.

 

Thanks on behalf of the readers, we wish you the best for all your future endeavors.

 

 

INTERVIEW TAKEN BY VANITA GODWANI, JAI HIND COLLEGE

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