Prateeksha S. shares her experience at University of Virginia
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at University of Virginia . How does it feel to be at University of Virginia USA?
A :- Pretty good. Learning a lot. Developing a global outlook and professionalism.
Q :- Please tell us about which course is you doing and why did you choose that course?
A :- Chose Engineering Physics (MS) as I wanted to explore new interdisciplinary areas.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- Wanted an education that would let me specialise and master in an area of study.
Q :- How is University of Virginia different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- University of Virginia offers a flexible program, where you can involve in research in latest technologies and make a contribution.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Very much. It has certainly helped me gain knowledge in my field of study, develop problem solving capabilities for even problems which are not well-defined.
Q :- Where do you eat? Do you cook yourself?
A :- Often eat on campus and cook for myself.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- Stay off-campus as it is cheaper.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Be prepared to work hard. It’s worth, if you make the best use of it.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA ?
A :- Respect all cultures. Be professional. Pay heed to advice. Seek advice. Seek help if you’re stuck at something. Do your homework.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India ?
A :- In USA it is more professional, more rigorous, help is available (and one should seek it). People want to make an impact and really make it happen.
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 :- Probably at this point of time it is. Provided one gets a job to pay off the loans. But India should be working on developing a good graduate education system.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- Be supportive, encouraging, believe in your child and be there for them, keep in touch 1-2 times a week at least, enquire time and again whether your child is doing fine and don’t take for granted that everything’s going alright, plan ahead for possible situations. Teach your child how to cook and clean :)
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- Gain employment in USA for atleast 1-2 years to obtain experience before coming back to India.
Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- Not too much hassle, quick and professional.