Shantanu K. shares his experience at Cornell University.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Cornell University how does it feel to be at Cornell University USA?
A :- Overall it is really good feeling. I am really thankful to my parents and to god for giving me such an opportunity.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am doing my Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering because it is the continuation of my under graduation (study). Also in USA we can do the latest research work with latest technology.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- I chose USA for higher education because of the reputed Universities in USA.
Q :- How is Cornell University different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about?
A :- At Cornell I got exposure to the best professors, the brightest students and the latest technology resources. Getting a chance to interact with such leading researchers was a real experience.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes I am happy with my decision.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I live off-campus because the on-campus facility is mainly given to the under graduate students.
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- Attending the college and type of research work is really good I would never get this experience or chance in India for such research.
Q :- How should students select the USA Universities? What are the important things to look at and compare among various Universities?
A :- Firstly the type of courses that are offered and the research groups at the University. Ranking of the university may be used only as a guideline to determine the chance of admissions or any type of aid though it is not very important. Another factor is the location of the University as being in CA or Texas job/internship opportunities are varied especially for Electrical Engineering.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- The courses are flexible so they can opt for any course that they are interested in doing.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA?
A :- USA has an open nature which makes it easy to interact with people from different countries. Experiencing life in USA is totally different.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India?
A :- Here the studies are depending on logic and reasoning also it depends heavily on the lab and individual projects.
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 :- Money wise I can’t say as it depends on person to person basis however here in USA we can get great exposure.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- Nothing much for the parents apart from supporting their child for higher education and if possible to manage the funds required for the higher education.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- Online resources like www.edulix.com and such other websites are a great help to navigate through the very lengthy and time consuming application process, the documents required and the visa information too. Giving the GRE was only the first small step.
Q :- What are the 3 important things you learnt after you entered the USA?
A :- 1) Motivating to work hard,
2) To live independent (as this is first time I am away from my family)
3) Time management.
Q :- Did you see the movie 3 idiots? Do you relate to that movie? Please share your thoughts.
A :- I saw the movie and I do relate myself to the movie however education system in India is also changing now.
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- After completing this course I plan to work for a technical company to utilize my skills in the industry.
Q :- What are your views about the current economic environment in the USA? Has it changed anything for the students like you?
A :- Yes it has changed a lot for the international students. Now a days it is not very rosy as it used to be 5-10 years ago. The top companies have stopped hiring new people especially fresher’s due to budget and visa limitations.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Nothing much just as given above.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- No, no one else at present