In this article I will be sharing my journey in becoming the GDSC Lead'22 at my campus. The only purpose of writing this article is to share my experience and document my journey, in the hope that this might inspire someone someday.
What is a Google Developer Student Club (GDSC)?
Google Developer Student Clubs are community groups powered by google developers for college students interested in Google developer technologies. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their communities. To know more about Developer Student Clubs and to know whether your university has a club, you can explore the Google Developer Student Clubs Programs Page.
The GDSC Lead selection process
The dates may differ if you are not from India. You can check dates for your region on the GDSC program page.
The first stage - Application form
The application forms are generally out around the last week of March - the first week of April. I can't remember the exact dates but the deadline to fill out the application was 25th April. You can divide the application form into mainly 3 parts.
First part includes filling in our complete details, our work/social handles like GitHub, LinkedIn, Portfolio, etc. You can also enter the recommendation code if your previous Lead refers you. Every lead can refer up to 3 students. I had the recommendation.
Secondly we had to answer a few questions: What is your motivation to run a Google Developer Student Club at your College?, What is your experience in leading a project or a team? and What technology do you find most interesting and why? What is your experience with this technology?
I took my time in answering these questions and I would suggest you do the same as these questions play an important role in the selection process. Just be genuine and keep it simple, up to the point.
My motivation was simple, yet powerful - Building strong communities, around your work environment is super important! The amount of exposure one gets by being active in communities, and by building in public is immeasurable. The chances of collaborating on various projects, overall the whole process is incredible.
Lastly we had to record a 90-sec video to show why you are the right person to be a GDSC Leader at your College. You can view my video below. I would also suggest you, see others' videos too, to get a fair idea.
The next round: Interview
I submitted my application on 6th April 2022 and I received the next mail on 10th May 2022 I got shortlisted for the next round i.e. Interview. Now I had to schedule a video call within the next 3 weeks.
Now before jumping to my Interview round you must need to know this one thing about me
The interview could have been scheduled at any time — the calendar was filled with 30 minutes slots across the 24 hours, for the next 3 weeks. Now when I opened the calendar to book the slots I had two options either to book early in the morning or late at night.
Now suppose you have two paths ahead of you which leads to your destination and there's nothing wrong with any of the path whatever you choose the results will be the same just the only difference is the first path is so easy, smooth and the another is filled with lots of "Crazy" and Now the weird thing about me is I am the person who will always chooses the one filled with "Crazy".
So now to do some crazy I booked my slot at 4:00 AM in the morning.
The D-Day: Interview
I had my interview scheduled for the 18th of May and here the craziness beings I woke up at around 3:45 AM all panicked I was already late, I quickly washed my face, drank some water and opened my laptop to give the Interview and I was sleepy af, I was not at my full potential but had to do some crazy. My Interview started I gave my brief intro, and we talked for almost 30mins, till today I am unclear about my conversation with the interviewer but I remember at the end the Interviewer said "It is so great to see you scheduled a call early in the morning. I hope you have a great day". Now as soon as it ended I fell on my bed and slept for some good hours.
I woke up. I had a feeling I might have fucked up. I called my Toxic friends to tell the same. Regretted my decision? Nope, not even for a second. I was ready for the result.
I had this feeling deep inside of me that I will get selected but my mind was constantly telling me I would not make it. On 12th July I received an email it said "congratulations"🎉🎉.
That's it this was my journey and still going on. I believe in learning by doing. I aim to bring the best to the community and this article is one of the ways to share my experiences, my learnings and yeah also my fuck ups. I hope this might help you in some way. 😄😄