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Stoa Digest #43: 🪴 You Get What You Give 🚿
Plant your seeds now, bear the fruit later.
In the last 43 editions, there has been mostly one person writing to you under the title of the “Stoa Digest” - Nicaia.
I head out on leave for the next two weeks, which means, this labour of love will be handled by Shelton & Sonali for the next two editions.
Keep making threads, being nice humans & sharing the best content with your peers - I’ll be back with a bang on the 29th of April with our first ever Discord Roll-Up to log all the great content you’ve been sharing.
Hasta La Vista, doston!
Last week’s takeover of the Digest Editorial was by Sneha Prajapati, scroll to the end of the editorial to find out who wrote this week’s.
From the Stoan Guest Editor’s desk
You will never know the value an experience will add to your life, until you get in and try it. Things from the outside might give you multiple signals but it is up to you, to find one that speaks to you the most and go ahead, and give your best.
This is how exactly I joined Stoa, as a person who needed someone to bet on them,
7 months ago.
Boy! One of the best decisions I have made in a long while, will undoubtedly be Stoa.
Now you see, we take up things almost always to see what the ROI is for our chosen endeavor.
Most humans do that, and there is nothing wrong with doing so - some want a change in their job, others want to learn how to run their family business better, even others just want to make friends.
But you see, whatever the expectation of the person joining Stoa, one thing’s for certain, you will always gain something, for sure.
When Nicaia gave me the opportunity to write the editorial this time round, is when I actually, really started processing that Stoa for me as a student is done (for the time being 😛 ) and now I will be referred to as alumnus.
Huh, funny how 6 months just fly in a jiffy huh.
I still remember the first orientation day for us, October 2nd, when with an instant message in the Bangalore meetup group, we planned something at Watsons.
My first day in the community and people were ready to hang out with me, that was something that 12-year old Vignesh would be awestruck about.
Be it the Orientation Letter that Bob (Rengarajan Gunasekaran) had written for us, to us getting into our first team, the crazy case weekends where we pulled all nighters just so we could present something worthwhile, the ‘cry-sesh’ during every case weekend where we all randomly got onto the cafe and discussed how far away from any form of completion of the case we were, to making some wonderful friends who I know are gems, and finally to the Farewell/Grad Day.
You see in all that one paragraph above, I tried to capture what according to me were things I will cherish for the rest of my life. If I did have to summarize more, it would take 3-4 editorials and that would not be great, now would it? 😛
If you do want to know how to get the most out of your Stoa journey , check out the editorial by Sneha.
She has captured beautifully what you need to ensure that you do, to get the best experience out of Stoa from a very holistic perspective.
But I would say - your assignments, prompts, video lectures and everything else is bound to be there on Circle even after you graduate (case in point me revising the Product and Marketing prompts before every interview just to be sure of my basics😆),
But, the time to network and make good friends with at least fellows from your own Cohort, lasts only these 6 months.
So, whilst learning and growing with Stoa, do not forget to make good friends and connections here. Because as much as I believe that education is the key to many doors in life, it helps to have people who love, respect and cheer you on, all whilst you break down the damn doors, who sometimes even help you get in.
In a nutshell, Stoa has given me something which I totally did not expect but am not complaining about at all.
It was, is, and will always be a place that gives to you as much as you are willing to put into it.
So start reaching out and talking to your Fellows and previous Cohorts, you never know who you might bump into and end up forming some great friendships with.
Have fun, fellow Stoan, and like Aditya did say to us during the orientation for us, “it is an uphill journey, but if you have friends around it becomes a bit easier, this journey.” Catch you around if you are in Bangalore.
- Vignesh Kannan.
You’ll find Vignesh on Socials here
📣 Announcements 📣
This Thursday we’re hosting a Community Night - GupShup where you’ll get to interact & get to know fellows not only from your cohort, but from the whole Community.
When: 14th April, Thursday, 8PM.
Where: Check your mail, or Discord or Google Calendar to set up reminders for the same.
This Friday we’re back with our #008 edition of the Looking Beyond the Lyrics radio shows.
Hint: Swifties Unite
For the uninitiated, we have fellows take over our Stoan Discord radiowaves to share an hour-long of their favourite music & tell you a bit more about it.
When: 15th April, Friday, 9PM.
Where: Check Discord to set up reminders for the same.
(if you cant tell where, there’s a Discord Events Calendar on the top of the lefthand-side panel - find all events in the near future updated there)
🥳 🎂Birthday Parttaaayy! 🥳 🎂
To Tara Dheer,
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
16th April - Manasi Thaken, Pratham Darad
🐝 Community Buzz 🐝
Note: Doston, please be kind to us and tag photos in the #Meetups channel from L-R.
We cant tell images from people, or vice-versa.
Which means we won’t be able to tag you by name. (eg. Vivek’s wife today)
🥲 Meme Wars 🥲
This week’s shiny new winner of Best Meme goes to …………
Soundtracking the next two weeks -
Leaving you with a mix of a lot of my favourites over the last few months, hope you enjoy them as much as I do!