This incident happened during my first semester. It was first lab of computer programming. All the students entered into the lab. We were asked to switch on the systems but I couldn’t start the system.

The reason was :

1. I had no idea how to start and shutdown a computer because I had never used it before.

2. I didn’t ask anyone to help me either to start the computer. I was not fluent in Hindi or English. I was scared at that moment. I am from a small village in Uttar Pradesh (India), so the only language I could speak was Bhojpuri.
Then my teacher came to me and asked “tumne system kyu nhi start kiya?” (why didn’t you start your system?).
I replied “Sir nhi pta kaise krte hai” (I don’t know how to do it).

He started laughing and said “System start krna nhi aata aur branch le liye hai computer science , sbko engineer hi ban-na hai” (Huh!! you don’t know how to start a system and you opted for Computer Science for engineering), and then he left…

The bell rang, and the period was over. Everyone shut down their systems, and I didn’t ask for help as I was still struggling with the computer. The teacher came to me and started laughing again and explained to the class about my computer knowledge.Everyone in that lab was laughing and staring at me. I felt like crying.

At last he told me to press Alt + F4 (I still remember his words).This incident was really a bad experience for me, but I took this as a motivation. This really helped me to develop myself. Since that day, I am doing good and have proved myself. Today I have good knowledge of software and I also understand the problem of students who are from such a background. I don’t laugh, but try to help them.

Nilesh Kumar

Now I am in 3rd year and last month, when the Retailon company came to our college for campus placement, I was the only student from the third year batch, who qualified both for the first and second round and went to Bangalore for a technical and HR interview.

Source, Nilesh Kumar Via Quora