Kalpak K. shares his experience at Oklahoma State University.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Oklahoma State University How does it feel to be at Oklahoma State University USA?
A :- It feels good. Never felt that it was a bad decision coming here.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I'm doing Master's in Industrial Engineering and Management. I felt it as a good option to top up over my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Basically, it’s an intermediate option for a Master's course in Business and Engineering.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- Higher standards of education provided in best of the campuses, affordable. Flexibility in choosing the courses when you learn.
Q :- How is Oklahoma State University different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- The courses are more flexible than anywhere else. Campus jobs are available in plenty and earning for your living is quite easy.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes
Q :- Where do you eat? Do you cook yourself?
A :- Dinner we cook at home. Basically we all are Indian Flat mates. And we have arranged cooking turns. So there is some or the other person cooking dinner everyday. Lunch we mostly have in dining halls in the university.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- Off-campus. These apartments are closer to my department and class locations compared to On-campus housing. Costs are almost the same.
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- It’s a bit difficult getting used to the academic system here. Once you get used to it, everything is easy and manageable. Other thing is that don't worry about financing your education. You may stand a chance of getting an assistantship in later semesters, the funding of which will be sufficient to pay your fees as well as your living expenses.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- If you aspire, don't look back. Go for your ideal option considering your budget and your needs.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA?
A :- The professional culture. These people know to handle their responsibilities very well. And people here respect and trust each other. This was quite unexpected when I came here.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India?
A :- The courses are flexible. Everything taught is practical oriented. Less stress on mugging up.
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 am neutral on this question. Getting a post graduate degree from IITs or other comparable institute in India would be a better option but not any other college or university in India. What you have extra after completing a degree here is the international exposures which will help your career go global in the period to come.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- If finance is the only problem in making a decision, leave that to institutes like Credila and move on with the plan. Earnings from job after graduation for only 6 months may be sufficient to pay of the loans.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- Consider not only rankings but other factors like your interest in the available field and also the courses that interest you. Don't think that you will be alone here amidst the Americans here. There will be many Indians around and many seniors to help you out to settle.
Q :- What are your future plans?
A :- I'll try to get a job. Maybe work for 2 years or so. And then move on with some kind of business in India.
Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- Credila helped me.
Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- They passed my loan with minimum hassles. The procedure was quick, which was more important than anything else. I did some online research and found Credila trustworthy.
Q :- If Credila arranges a chat session with you for prospective students sometime in the future, will you be available for the chat on Credila’s expert chat session?
A :- Sure. That would be my pleasure.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Hmmmm.... Not many. But feel free to contact me if you need any help.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- No.