Sunil M. shares his experience at University of Southern California.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at University of Southern California how does it feel to be at University of Southern California USA?
A :- I feel really good.
Q :- Please tell us about which course is you doing and why you chose that course?
A :- I am doing MS in Industrial Engineering because I am interested in this field and I have completed my under graduation studies in the same.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- USA is really good for higher education as we get more exposure and more knowledge from here so I chose USA for higher education.
Q :- How is University Of Southern California different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- I can’t differentiate on the Universities, however the ranking of University of Southern California is good and I had few of my friends who already studied here.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes of course.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I live off-campus because it is cheaper than living on campus.
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- My experience is that USA is very good place to live and here we can know more things, it is fun studying here and the professors are also good.
Q :- How should students select the US Universities? What are the important things to look at and compare among various Universities?
A :- First of all they should decide on the course that the student is interested in doing then depending on the course they can select the University by getting the information on the ranking of that University for that particular course, type of research that they can do, also they have to check the fees.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Just be clear on what you have to do depending on your interest.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA?
A :- Other than academics frankly speaking California is almost like India there are lots of Indians who live here. For first few days it will be difficult for you however after that when you come to know that there are so many Indians you will feel good. Here you won’t have much time for any other things apart from studies.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India?
A :- In India, they force you to study and to do the course however here you can select the course depending on your interest part for example in India students select BA in literature because they get less percentage, here it’s not because you get low grades that you select the course however it depends on the interest level that you have for a particular course.
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 :- It is better to get a degree from USA for higher education if at all you can afford it. Courses in India are also good however it is good for under graduate studies, for higher education i.e. for MS degrees it is always good to get it from USA or abroad nations.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- Depending on the student’s interest and their under graduate studies help them to select the course. While selecting the universities shortlist 7-8 universities i.e. high medium and low priority wise and depending on the fees and ranking you can select the University. If the student has got good luck then he can even get admissions in good Universities with scholarship.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- Nothing much when the student enters USA just for first 15 days it will be difficult however we can find more Indians here in USA, once the course starts there won’t be any time for other things to do and automatically the student has to concentrate on his course and grades also it is very important to be active socially.
Q :- What are the 3 important things you learnt after you entered the USA?
A :- To be talkative as communication with others are necessary, social motivation, recommendation is also required to get jobs and to know other people communication is necessary.
Q :- Did you see the movie 3 idiots? Do you relate to that movie? Please share your thoughts.
A :- Yes I saw the movie however I don’t relate myself to that movie.
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- Presently I have to complete my course and then I will take up a job, will work here for 5 years and then I will get back to India.
Q :- What are your views about the current economic environment in the USA? Has it changed anything for the students like you?
A :- It is improving a lot now a day.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Nothing much once they come here then they will get to know more about the place however they have to plan and decide well before coming here.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- No one else that I can remember now.