Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Life at University of California

Q :- Please tell us about which course is you doing and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am doing Masters in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Microwave and RF circuits. I have a deep interest in Microwave and I wanted to pursue higher studies for the same reason. This course here at UCLA, has both aspects academics as well as research opportunities.

Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :-USA offers better environment for an international student for academic and/or professional carrier. Here at UCLA in graduate program, most students are international students. Its like an international educational hub.

Q :- How is UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends
A :- About UCLA is lot more happening place as compared to other universities. The university has well rounded education system, as there are all kinds of courses here varying from engineering and sciences to music, TV and fashion. This place is full of professors with famous names in their fields. Facilities like recreation center and Gym make life really good. It’s a good experience to be here. Also, Electrical engineering department has recently been ranked 8th in terms of research nation wide.
In terms of job market and industry exposure too, I liked this university. It’s my first quarter here and already there are plenty of Job Fairs for internships and jobs in variety if areas.

Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Education in US is not just getting a masters degree. It’s more about exposure to outer world. Here there are opportunities for every single thing you might want to do. So, if you plan to come to US for studies don’t close yourself but try new things and meet new people and enjoy.

Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA ?
A :- I learned about different cultural differences. How are Chinese different from Europeans and stuff like that. The American culture, people and their habits.

Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India ?
A :- Academically, its much more intensive. The course work itself is very demanding and requires clear understanding of concepts. The evaluation system is not just limited to exams, rather than distributed all across the quarter in terms of Home Work evaluation. Teacher student relation is far less formal, we can go to clases in shorts with coffee mug in hand. Professors are more open and free to speak and have respect for their students as individuals.

Q :- Is it worth spending so much money to get a degree from the USA as compared to similar degree in India with lower costs?
A :- I believe it mostly depends on what’s your financial conditions, but yes I think its worth the money. It changes your complete life this point onwards.

Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- It’s a great option to send your child to study abroad. We should think of it as an investment. Many parents are afraid that their child will get spoiled in western culture, but its far from reality. First, the American culture is definitely open, but very sensitive to moral values. Second there are plenty of Indians to make friends here.

Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- Give GRE and TOEFL early, so that there is no hassle while application period. Apply to as many universities you can afford to (in terms of fee), you never know which option will work out for you. Be in touch with your seniors in US for help regarding SOP, application material etc. Feel very open to talk to university graduate division (mail or phone) for queries. Many times calling is much better as they get many mails and may not answer. Join Internet forums like Edulix for help. If you get reject from anywhere, call them why they have rejected the application. Many times it may be simply because one of your recommendation letter is missing or something like that. On request they can also reconsider your application or wait more for materials to arrive. Once admit is granted apply for Visa (after you have finalized the university). Book plane tickets early, it really saves money.

Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- I want to continue for PhD here at UCLA. Then join industry for few years. And look for entrepreneur opportunities.

Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- Personal savings from Job, family funds and Credila loaning

Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
Credila granted me loan with a very easy process. And best part was I dint have give any collateral. I got very good interest rate too.

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