What Matters in College: Part 5/5

Here is the last of our series of articles on “What Matters in college”. This one’s about landing that amazing PPO while you’re handling academics and a student club side by side. While president of IEEE, Raunak Manjani managed to also secure his future with a perfect PPO from Amazon. It was undoubtedly an excellent journey.


“Manipal never fails to surprise you. I was put in various situations throughout the 3.5 years I spent here, both good and bad. Staying on my own, at a new place, for the first time really taught me a lot. My interactions with my peers and seniors at every stage went a long way into shaping my journey here at Manipal. My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear and they are there for me in the good and bad times. I was always interested in coding, and wanted to gain some first-hand management experience as well, so IEEE was a natural choice. I was a member of the Technical Resource Team as well as the Administrative body, and both groups, in their own different ways, taught me a lot, helping enhance my technical and managerial prowess. I also got a chance to be one of the heads of IEEE Student Branch Manipal, whilst representing IEEE Manipal in the IEEE Bangalore Section; this gave me invaluable management experience and exposure.

In my case, GPA did not affect much. It affected my selection for the internship at Amazon to a small extent, but my PPO depended only on my performance during my internship period. However, GPA is important, even though it isn’t the last word to campus placements. Companies do give importance to GPA in the initial rounds, but further into the final interviews, your concepts, knowledge and soft skills which get you over the line. It isn’t the end of the world if your GPA is bad. Neither are you guaranteed a good placement if you have a stellar GPA.

“Choose to have it all, and then make intelligent decisions to make it viable.” This means that you can have it all, the stellar GPA, the social life, and enough sleep. All you need to do is to prioritize everything and stick to your priorities. In addition, you’ll face a lot of ups and downs throughout the time you’re here. Make the most of it, work smart, and NEVER give up. And remember, you’ll never experience this again.”

Raunak Manjani, Batch of 2016.

An excellent student, Raunak Manjani has brought laurels to the college with his skills. From being IEEE Collaboration Platform Lead at the IEEE Bangalore Section, to being able to keep his grades soaring every semester, he has been able to manage it all. He has landed a Pre Placement Offer at the much coveted Amazon. He can be reached out on


This is just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed there are innumerable seniors who have perfected the balance between academics and extra curriculars and are ecstatic about the opportunities life has opened up for them. MTTN acknowledges the above-mentioned people who have been so forthcoming in providing the juniors with an insight into the real world and wishes everyone of them all the best in their future endeavors.

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