Sonika M. shares her experience at Hofstra University.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Hofstra University? How does it feel to be at Hofstra University USA?
A :- It is very good experience to be here.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am a Finance Major here. This course really suits my needs and I think that I will be able to do it successfully. I believe that my work experience when combined with an education from Business school will shape me into a well-rounded business leader. That’s why I seek a Hofstra’s MBA to transform myself from an engineer to a business leader.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- USA colleges are world reputed. Degrees and curriculum are well structured. When I will come back to India I will be ahead of others. Also this advance knowledge will help me to get better job / will help me in the family business.
Q :- How is Hofstra University different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- I chose this school because of higher ranking and better infrastructure. The curriculum of this university is quiet impressive that is the main reason why I am so much inclined toward this university. This is located near the global business capital i.e. NY, where a finance student can get sufficient exposure to the business. Also this university had dedicated trading center for Finance students. It has got efficient professors for Finance course. Small classes and peaceful environment are the added advantages.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes I am happy with my decision absolutely.
Q :- Where do you eat? Do you cook yourself?
A :- Yes, I am cooking myself as of now. Sometimes I do visit Indian, Chinese and American restaurants with my friends.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I am living off-campus as I feel on-campus accommodation is comparatively expensive. Good part is I got accommodation nearby campus. It takes hardly two minutes to walk to the campus.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Do not get excited to be in USA but for studies.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India ?
A :- Most of the Universities in US are going in parallel with the latest technologies. Educating myself in those technologies can give me better picture to start up something of my own in future.
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 personally believe it is worthful to study here if you get good scholarship / Financial assistance.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- It is a good experience to allow your kid to mingle with people from different parts of the world, carrying variety of ideas, which would allow one to invocate and discover himself/herself in different and productive way.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- 1] Either student should have good scholarship or funding from parents, so that
Student won’t have financial risk after reaching the USA.
2] Allow enough time to spend with beloved ones before you come to the USA, so that you won’t fall sick.
3] Arrange accommodation before reaching USA.
4] To parents of female student:Request someone to take care of your kid initially
5] Carry enough money with you to survive here at least 3 months
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- I would like to come back to India as my parents are here & with the advance latest worldwide accepted US degree I will have an added advantage to my job. The exposure to the opportunities in the market has shaped up my ambition. I aspire to start a consultancy firm that would provide innovative solutions to the nascent telecom industry in India. In the short term, I intend to work with companies that provide consulting services in the field of telecommunications. In the slightly longer-term, I see myself diversifying into offering custom solutions to my clients.
Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- My parents are sponsoring for my education. Apart from that I have education loan from Credila.
Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- Quick processing of loan and quick response are two best features of Credila that I am impressed with.
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 :- Definitely I can participate for chat session if you could allow me to prepare myself to find convenient time.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Make your kid enough strong to stay away from you to complete his or her education.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- Sorry, I do not have anyone else.