Category: Experience


Bangor University – Serendipity Fair


On 24th September, 2017 Bangor University Serendipity fair welcomed the entire student community across the globe. Over 100 societies, 50 clubs for sports, and around 30 different volunteering projects – the entire PJ hall and parking space at the back and front the main arts building were jam-packed. Just imagine a society – get into serendipity fair and you will certainly find it, if not start one on your own. Wow, that is how students are empowered at Bangor University.

Serendipity Fair - Bangor University

Bangor University – Serendipity Fair

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Psychology department at Bangor University


Consumer behavior is a fascinating subject. I have always wondered why am I crazy about “free” stuffs – even though I don’t require the product, if it is offered for free I used to get and stock it up unused. That’s really meaningless and defy fundamental laws of economics and psychology. When in need we will buy and use it, when it is offered for free we don’t really question our needs as such and we forecast ourselves that we will use it in future. Fundamentally, we break our cognitive thoughts and take most of decisions emotionally. I hope you will feel the same. Looking at these bewildered behaviors, I thought I should study further more. When I looked up, I found UK is consistently exploring behavioral changes and it is the first country to establish its own nudging unit. I started to scout for colleges in UK that combines economics, psychology and neuroscience in the curriculum that can suit my palate. “BANGOR UNIVERSITY” stood apart from the entire crowd.

Bangor university amused me with its psychology department. The department is filled up with witty and nerdy professors. It also offers unique degrees to cater the specific needs of students around the globe. I would certainly second what the university says “Think Psychology, Think Bangor”.

On September 20th, 2017, all the postgraduates had to gather up in the Lecture hall 5 & 6 of Wheldon Building for the induction. This blog focuses on the induction program.

Dr.Paloma Mari-Beffa, Director of Graduate Studies begun the session with her tales of two students. One student being Miguel and another being Gema. The two students are extremely opposite and found to be same on one character called “resilience”. Dr.Paloma talked on the power of resilience and how it can help in the future.

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Dr. Paloma Mari-Beffa on the power of resilience

Next session was handled by Dr.Lloyd Tracey (Director of Student Engagement), an amazing and witty professor I would say. She introduced about the department society, student society, psychsoc and on student activities. She made the crowd to smile with her witty comments. She is humorous 🙂 Continue reading

Bangor University – Welcome Week Experience


Ten year dream to pursue studies abroad came true on 13th September 2017 after I landed up in Manchester airport. Bustling airport witnessed something different at the arrival and immigration. Students from different parts of the globe queued up at the immigration section with their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) and I was one among them. A bunch of international ambassadors from Bangor University gathered up near the end of the arrival section to greet and take us up to the university.

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Powish hall – Day 1 started with free breakfast

The very first day after arrival student ambassadors of Bangor university took new students around the Bangor and made us feel at home. Students ambassadors primarily focused on where to go for shopping, showed up landmarks, told us what to buy and what not to buy and many more. Ambassadors are informative, energetic, enthusiastic in tell stories about their studies at Bangor university. Continue reading

Why you shouldn’t believe in Modi’s survey results


Demonetization of higher value notes has caused havoc in India. Modi’s government promised that the situation will ease off in 50 days time. People are looking forward eagerly to get back to their normal life. In between, Modi wanted to know what people feel about the action taken on black money. To get feedback about the new move, he used Narendra Modi app to gather information . The app needs personal data including your voter ID (complete information about the app is discussed here). The app gathered feedback on the new move. Around 5 lakh people have responded to the survey within 24 hours. The results were published by Shri.Narendra Modi via different social media network. Details about the survey are given here.

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But the results shared cannot be generalized to the population. Why it cannot be generalized?. Because it doesn’t follow any statistical principles. Let’s get ahead with one question and some discussion on the survey results. Then you will find, why the survey results are not right.

  1. Does the survey include everyone who represents India? Like rural, urban, literate, illiterate, different geographic location, income based classification, and other parameters. The sample has to be drawn in such a manner that the sample represents the entire population not only a particular set of people.
  2. 5 lakhs out of 1.25 billion is just 0.04 percent of the entire population. 0.04 percent of the population, who don’t really represent all the sectors of India can’t give a bigger picture.
  3. Total smartphone users in India is 292 million people. Only 1.7 percent, out of it have responded to the survey. Only people, who are affordable to avail internet services has responded to the survey.

People who are standing in the queue will never find time to respond to the survey. Hence the results can’t be generalized to the entire population. Results published is a summation of opinions of hardcore loyal fans of Modi government.

 

Why Professors abroad inspire me


By 2010, I sent an email to Prof. Parasuraman and Prof. Valarie A Zeithamal to discuss about my MBA project work. I used SERVQUAL model to assess the after sales service quality of Shankar Energy Private Limited, Chennai. I knew that the model can be used for analyzing service quality of any company, I doubted whether the same questionnaire can be used for analyzing after sales service quality.

Since it is a research project you must validate your questionnaire. It is not fair to adopt any questionnaire simply without any literature back up. I mailed Prof. Parasuraman and Prof. Zeithamal. I was surprised, I got a reply back from them just in a day. I have sent mails to some Indian professors too, they never replied me back. Does that reply worth appreciating?. Yes, why not?. They are prompt and they acknowledge you, they value your question. This is not the end, there are many common things that really inspire me to stay in the same profession. Continue reading

Facebook – Actors – Society


Happy May day to everyone. Today I posted a status in the Facebook which caused a stir in just five hours. The status was not meant to hurt anyone feelings, yet to make clear that actors are not demigods and they don’t contribute to you and your life. Here is the Facebook status.

“People who celebrate Actor Ajith birthday and Kabali teaser release are the ones who don’t celebrate their parents birthday” quote-weak-people-revenge-strong-people-forgive-intelligent-people-ignore-albert-einstein-124-25-28 Continue reading

In conversation with Mr.Muralitharan


 Mr. Muralitharan is my student who worked for Photon Infotech (as Business Development Executive) for a year and three months and he is going to join 4i apps soon as Pre Sales Executive. This guy normally questions me in the class and ask doubts for which I was not able to reply most of the times. With his own effort and hard work he got placed in Photon Infotech. He came back to college today to get his degree certificate.

Inbetween, today we had a small conversation on what students should to gain and understand to get into the right career. Murali himself has transformed into a seasoned professional. I think the corporate world certainly does better than the academics or may be we can call that as maturity also. He wanted to share few things to the students who are going to complete their studies, I’m putting it here for everyone to read. Continue reading

Anger – Making sense


Ten months ago, two people create an awareness on why anger is required for people. One is Kailash Satyarthi and another person is Barack Obama. Anger is evil for your health, please control your anger and so on are the advises given by your elders and care takers. Kailash Satyarthi, child right activist who has rescued more than 85,000 kids delivered a speech at TED conference and said the purpose of anger. Barack obama at White House Correspondence had an anger translator to create an awareness among everyone about “Why we need to worry about Climate Change”.

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Overcoming Notional Suppression


Notional suppression is the new term in the town now. Many went through my blog and commented on the blog post I wrote about notional suppression. Notional suppression could take your entire life, after going through the previous blog post, I hope you are now aware of the notional suppression. It’s time to overcome the notional suppression. The solution will have two parts, one will talk about how you are supposed to act when you are getting suppressed and second one will be on how to avoid suppressing people. To read further, you should have an idea of notional suppression, the links are already attached with this blog post. Please click it and go through it.  Continue reading