### paperba1l's blog

By paperba1l, 13 days ago,

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 many years back. I started CP in my last semester, and I got a yellow rating on Codechef before I got my degree, [targeting blue now]

Thank you

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 » 13 days ago, # |   -10 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?
•  » » 13 days ago, # ^ |   0 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 
 » 13 days ago, # |   +6 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.
 » 13 days ago, # |   0 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)