My experience at CSAW Hack3D, NYU, Tandon School of Engineering

This competition which I attended when the world was under quarantine, when everyone had the fear of catching the pandemic was a completely different experience, and I am glad to be a part of it.

While some are complaining about the pandemic, others happy about not going to school, I feel blessed to have this experienced, especially in my undergrad life. It not only provides me with an opportunity to tell my warrior stories to my future grandchildren, but I believe having experienced all sorts of situation, not for the sake of winning it, but for really experiencing all the feeling that comes to the surface in that situation, is one of the objectives of living.

Here are my honest thoughts about the competition:

I remember saying to my teammate initially that the competition seemed easy but was lengthy and time-taking. However, as we started working, things made sense, and we realized how complex and lethargic the task was.
I will not be disclosing any names here, so let me just call my teammate “CR” (his initials).
This is the sort of competition that pushes me beyond limits, though it didn’t require any physical movements, it did require us staying up late at night, staring at our laptop screen, and being in the same sitting position from day till night.

The competition also helped me understand my teammate better. From being just a known person, at the start of the journey, to be a very close friend at the end, CR has helped me a lot. We mentored each other, learned things together, shared our experiences, debated, and motivated each other.

As we grow up and learn more about the world and frame our ideologies about living, I can say I have mastered understanding the true spirit of competitions organized at various levels. At the time of writing this essay, I have had attended a lot many competitions and contests and I can confidently say “all that matters in competitions is what you learn, the people you meet, the mistakes you make, and the journey itself, not the destination.”