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By paperba1l, 2 months ago, In English

Hello,

I have seen profiles Legendary Grandmasters and Grandmasters which are more than 10 years old. We dont know much about them like — when did they start competitive programming?, and how old are they today?.

We are interested to know:

  1. If you are still in college? If not, then how do are you able to still practice algorithm and compete in CodeFroces after your busy work schedule?

  2. what are you guys doing now after graduating from college?

  3. Why do you still compete in competitive coding even after graduating from college? I am guessing some of you might be in Development Job / Research / Teaching etc. How are you able to spend time on codeforces from your daily life schedule? Do you still think competitive coding is still fun?

About me: I graduated 5yr years back. I started CP in my last semester, and I became yellow rating on Codechef before I got my degree, [targeting blue now]

Thank you

 
 
 
 
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2 months ago, # |
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Great job managing Electrical Engineering with competitive programming, gives me hope that i can do the same as well (I'm in my sophomore year currently). How many hours did you practice each day and can you give some tips on how to manage my studies?

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    I started it in my last semester in college. I know very late compared to other guys.

    i was doing a software engg internship and I had time. It was then when I practiced hard and was able to pick DS like segment tree, BIT etc.

    i read all DS but never implemented them like FFT, geometry etc.

    advice: up solve and focus on implementation. If you are at rating X then practice rating x+500, and not x+1000. become comfortable in your rating range first
    
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I don't have many friends and I don't like parting. Therefore, I have a lot of free time. I have a group of friends who are interested in CP as well, so I give contests and later discuss approaches with them. This is "fun" for me and them, I guess.

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Because I didn't finish college

(In all seriousness, plenty of out-of college guys I know don't do cp as frequently, but they somewhat do, by organising contests as to give back to the community of highschoolers interested in CP more oppotitunities to gain experience)

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hobby

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i started cp in my summer vacation in university, got to blue after practicing for 3 months or so. Then my study got bussier so i stopped since then. I just started doing cp again this week after two year break.

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Escape from the complex life, because it will never give you an AC or WA immediately. If you learned something, there has no chance to give a retry. :P

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It's still fun to compete occasionally even if I cannot train like I used to in college. The skills we use here decay very slowly; I mostly find myself losing speed more than anything else.

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    do you feel it takes away lot of time which you could have otherwise spent on something else like socialising, reading, sports etc?

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      Imagine socialising,Also CP is kinda sport and it gives you immense pleasure after solving hard problems because you worked your ass off to detect a solution so I think its better than reading fancy novels or any other stuff.

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I graduated college 10 years back. I started CP two years back. In my time, there weren't as many resources and guidance as today. There were few groups that were into it and told us about ICPC. But outside of that not much awareness or recognition of it amongst college peers. I switched to a career in software engineering 2 years back from being an analytics consultant. I do CP now because the times have changed and my interest for competition in problem solving hasn't. Since it complements my work, I find CP useful. Outside of work, I've chosen CP to be my only hobby. That helps me do better which in turn keeps me interested.