I am a proud Roorkee Alumni and always shared a close bond with my batch mates and seniors. I always cherished the good times in college and remember that my colleagues had always been there for me. On this IITR Heritage platform, I would like to share a little anecdote. Recent times have been rough. Especially in California, as the economy tanked, I lost my job along with many other people. I used to live in a small town called Ventura. To find a job I had to pack my bags and move out. As I went from one place to another (Los Angeles, Irvine and then Bay Area) interviewing for different companies, my friends from Roorkee took care of me. They let me stay with them and I always felt at home. Time went by and I still did not have a job. Companies willing to hire me would later come back with a rejection as more and more projects got canceled. Throughout this time, my Roorkee family was supporting me. Everybody chipped in with whatever they could do. From contacting lawyers to calling contacts in the IT industry, from job recruiters to contacts in the Oil industry; they tried everything. Just before time ran out, through phone calls and multiple emails that everybody sent, I finally found an opportunity that matched my interests. Sitting on the bench without a job is a very tough experience, and I could only make it through with everybody's help and support.