Monday, January 31, 2011

My Life at George Washington University

Vivek R. shares his experience at George Washington University.

Q :- Please tell us which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I have chose to do an MS in Computer Engineering with a major in VLSI Design and Microelectronics. I chose that because my interest in this field.

Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- I chose USA because it is the best place to pursue higher education and the schools here maintain some quality and standards of education.

Q :- How is George Washington University different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- It has got a great curriculum and the faculty also is way too experienced and the lab facility is also top class. It has also got the advantage of being close to the Silicon Valley and being situated at the heart of the Washington DC which is the capital of the country.

Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- I am quite happy with my decision and want to make the best out of it.

Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- I would say USA is a great country and you would enjoy the learning here and USA has got the best of the universities in the world, be it any field engineering Law, management, medical, arts etc.

Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Come here with a mindset of studies. There’s a lot for you to enjoy, but I feel that once you are here you must first concentrate and study and then the other things would automatically be taken care of.

Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA ?
A :- I have learnt from the discipline people observe in their lives. Petty things that we don’t take care of in normal routine in India can make an offense here and you could be charged heavily for that. Strictness is observed in smallest of the things no matter how small it may be.

Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India ?
A :- In India you feel “I have had enough of this now”, but in USA you feel “OK I have to do this because “Learning is Fun”.

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 :- Yes, In India probably you may get the courseware but the exposure to industry is limited, hence spending money to get practical learning is worth it.

Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- Parents need to plan for this in advance, for this as you cannot plan it in a hurry and get through. Please assess your child and if you feel he/she would be able to adapt and cope up with the intense academic pressures here, do send him/her for sure.

Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- For parents I would say, don’t expect that your lad would be able to listen to you fully while in a busy schedule and send all the kitchen stuff properly and think as if you are going to move into a new house and you need to take all that is required(eating stuff, kitchenware, sanitary etc.)

Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- My future plans are to give my 100% here at the graduate level and find a good job before I graduate and earn good amount of money to repay the loan and then get back to India in 5 years after graduation.

Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- Loan amount + Father’s Savings.

Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- In one line, “It gives an approval/sanction letter before the I-20 arrives and sometimes it helps in getting the I-20s also”.

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