And that’s how we take the first differences and convert ARIMA to ARMA, said my professor when he explained how the nebla ∇ operator works for a given stochastic process. When my classmates were still grasping the mathematics behind the time-series forecasting equations, I went to flashbacks of 2010! That’s when my dad introduced me to these mathematical concepts. Little did I know that the high-level stuff which he was bombarding me with then would be of great use to me in the future. I smirked as mathematics started connecting the dots in my life!
My dad is a junior lecturer in mathematics. Having completed his masters in physics, he chose mathematics! It always fascinated me as a kid when he used to teach other students. That’s how I fell in love with the subject. When the time came for me to select my undergrad major, I simply picked electronics and telecommunications because it is assumed to have more mathematics. And like every other student, I completed my undergraduate education.
You might have heard a million times, follow your passion and thrive for your goals. Well, honestly speaking, not everyone has the passion, and not everyone is intelligent enough to think what they’ll do in next five years. Passion, for me, is an acquired taste. I still remember the date – 24-Aug-2013 when Mu Sigma came to hire in our college. I was shortlisted (surprisingly!) for the next rounds. I had no clue what the firm does, what the job title was, or what was the salary being offered. The only thing that caught my eye was their tagline – DO THE MATH! That day, I went back to the hostel with a box of sweets and thus started my (sweet) story of Analytics.
I learnt a lot in my short span of 18 months. The firm taught me how to code, how to speak and most importantly, how to listen. There were days when I celebrated mini-success of the project and then there were days when I would shed tears due to work pressure. Fulfilling clients’ demand is never easy. It’s tougher when you are a novice in the industry and live in a constant learning phase. But that’s when I realized that I am made for Analytics, that I am inclined towards it more than anything else, just like coffee. No one has ever said black coffee is delicious after having it for the first time, it is an acquired taste.
I am just 23 years old, graduating this May. Coming from a small village, it was a proud moment for my parents who once dreamt of schooling me in a city. New opportunities and new dreams. New challenges and new learnings. Excited as well as anxious! But at the end, it is about the passive happiness you get when you know you are following your dream and keeping it alive!
My favorite quote comes from the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis. It goes as, “The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.”
Meet Kunal Anil Wagh: Math’s Crackerjack, Tireless learner, Analytics enthusiast
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