Wadood Sultan Abdul

Student
Islamabad, Pakistan

About Wadood

Languages

English, Punjabi, Urdu

I'm passionate about

Physics, Spirituality, Mysticism,Electronics, Literature, Self Improvement, Travel and Listening to you!

Talk to me about

What you genuinely care about, although I will hear your chatter too. No really, I will listen to you.

People don't know I'm good at

Electronic gaming

Comments & conversations

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Wadood Sultan Abdul
Posted almost 4 years ago
If I Want to become a Scientist what should I do ?
Or you could simply be a professor(which would not distance you from research) and contribute to uplifting the educational standards of South Asia specifically. Or you could craft your own unique way to help the world. Who knows, I would be watching your TED Talk in the 'best of the web' section 20,or maybe 10,or maybe 60, years from now. Regarding which universities to go to in India, I don't know much(except for the fact that the entrance exam IIT-JEE is quite tough). I would refer you to a friend of mine on facebook. Please ask him your queries about IIT and AIEE. Find him at http://www.facebook.com/sahal.kaushik Try applying to LUMS Scholl of Science and Engineering in Lahore, Pakistan. It's a great school, and no one would eat you, I promise. Lastly, I saw the website created by/for you. Just one last piece of advice,don't develop a love for accolades. I am eagerly waiting for your thoughts on my comments. Best Wishes for you. Remember me in your prayers.
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Wadood Sultan Abdul
Posted almost 4 years ago
If I Want to become a Scientist what should I do ?
If, hopefully, you get into a US college, I guess you'll work out what to study as you'll have considerable flexibility in studying. If, unfortunately, you don't get into US or Hong Kong or Australia(on scholarships, don't be a burden on your family if they can't afford you) then apply in India. Now we have entered the realm of '3 Idiots(for the people outside sub-continent, it's an epic movie highlighting the problems of South Asian,or global, education). I hope that be the end of your 12th year, you would have decided whether you want to do science or engineering. Whatever you want to do, go for it. In India and Pakistan, one thing they say is that if you want o do science(Physics,math,chem,Bio) you could always do it after engineering. In the case of Physics, people will gove a lot of examples of people doing Electrical engineering and then switching to physics. They say that one must have a professionla degree as to secure a job. Although I am a student and amateur myself, I am against this dogma. Do physics if you want ot become a scientisti. DO engineering if you decide to do engineering. I hope that by the end of 12 year you would know which way to go. I guess it would be science, as it is more 'pure, thought-oriented' as compared to the 'commercialised engineering'(no offence). This is the reason I ask you to study more than just the school teaches you, so that you can find the subject that resonates with you. Assuming that you go for Physics in India, you do a four year degree(it can be a 2 year BSc + a 2 year MSc or it could be a 4 year BS or it could be a 5 year integrated MSc) Don't worry about the terminologies. You just have to study a 4 year course(which you can also do in three years if you work harder). After that you get to do research i.e. a PhD. A strong foundation in undergraduate physics will prepare you for research work. After your PhD, you could do further research as a post-doctoral researcher, or combine research with teaching. (TBC)
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Wadood Sultan Abdul
Posted almost 4 years ago
If I Want to become a Scientist what should I do ?
I can tell easily that you're well above average a student. And I guess your interest is in Physics. For that I would say that apply for the Indian Physics Olympiad. It would boost your thinking skills with witty problems that will literally stretch your mind. Also apply for the Asian Science Camp 2012 and 2013. If selected, you'll get a chance to learn first-hand from Nobel Laureates in the Natural Sciences. By the START of your 12th i.e.final year, you should have average knowledge(advanced in some topics, but overall you must have scanned the whole course) and have thought over the 12th year Physics and Mathematics. Every individual has his own pace of studying. Schools tend to fasten the slow and slow the fast. There's nothing wrong with going slow. But it's wrong to be slow if you can go fast. You should, through self study, finish the course by the end of 11th year. In the 12th year, think deeper, solve problems e.t.c and apply to universities. These are not hard and fast rules, these are guidlines set under the experiences of a fresh graduate of the South Asian education system(which is,btw, very versatile in itself) I hope that your convivtion to pursue Physics will strengthen during these years, but never hesitate to love another subject if its love pervades you. Finally, I would recommend you to apply to US for undergraduate studies. The US universities and colleges(in the US, college is used synnymously with university) Admissions are tough, but not impossible. Work hard and give it a try. The US universities will surely help you achieve your dreams. For South Asians, it's good to start working on US admissions in the 11th year of school. Do not be afraid. It's just fun if you have ample time. Contact your school counsellor(if you have one) for inquiries about US admissions or go to http://www.usief.org.in/index.aspx. (to be continued)
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Wadood Sultan Abdul
Posted almost 4 years ago
If I Want to become a Scientist what should I do ?
I feel a lot of similarity with you. I am starting my undergraduate studies this fall in a Mathematics degree (if my parents agree and don't push me into Electrical Engineering). I did not get financial aid for an excellent Physics program in Pakistan so I decided to pursue Mathematics(that's the closest to Physics I can get). I, maybe partially like you, am a perfect score, Physics Olymiader blah blah. I am aspiring to be a Theoretical Physicist. I'm just 18. But I did not get into the university of my choice(MIT, joking) I am narrating all this to convey to you that life is unpredictable. Still unpredictabler are the University admissions(specially undergraduate admissions). Listen to James Watson's talk on how he discovered DNA. He was rejected by Caltech graduate school. But the main thing is perseverance. No matter where you go, follow your passion, work really, really, really, really(no need to stress further) hard, and work even harder on developing the creative, individual attitude and way of looking. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's all you can do for the long term. For the short term(next 2-3 years), you could do the following: 1) Get good grades in all subjects, specially sciences, at school. 2) Think. Never stop questioning and discussing with your teachers and peers. Never be afraid to make stupid guesses and dumb explanations of questions. Always ask why is this topic the way it is? Delve as much deep as you can. You would find that there are some topics/subjects that you can think about easily( think and study them further) 3) I like your projects. Similarly explore further any topic in the sciences that interests you(e.g genetics, applications of calculus, entropy in physics, rates of reactions e.t.c) I would recommend Halliday Resnick for Physics study. Consult some experts for university level books on bio,chem and math also that you can use as a reference. (To be continued)
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Wadood Sultan Abdul
Posted almost 4 years ago
Skylar Tibbits: Can we make things that make themselves?
Great talk But I am struggling with the questions posted by Benno van Bergen. Is this detailed programming of the parts to reach a certain destination by giving them an initial set of conditions or is it something like Artificial Intelligence(AI)? Does this thing has any relation at all to John Conway's 'Game of Life' or to the AI involved in Wolfram Alpha?