Haripriya M. shares her experience at Florida Institute of Technology.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at Florida Institute of Technology, How does it feel to be at Florida Institute of Technology USA?
A :- It is very good to be here in Florida Institute of Technology, it’s a small University however peaceful town.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I am doing my MS in Electrical Engineering, because I have completed my BE in electrical engineering.
Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- I chose USA for higher education because here we have good opportunities after completing the course.
Q :- How is Florida Institute Of Technology different than any other USA University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about
A :- I don’t know how it is different from other universities however what I know is the locality is very good, not much population, very calm place. The teaching faculty is very good, also I got a scholarship from the university which has covered the one part of the tuition fees. The cost of living is cheap.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes I am very much happy with my decision.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I live off campus as this is cheap.
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- If the students are planning for North of USA then they should get used to the climate and the food. As in USA there are many Indian restaurants however it’s good to get used to the food over here. Also whenever someone helps us here they do expect a thank you from our side which can build up a good relationship.
Q :- How should students select the US Universities? What are the important things to look at and compare among various Universities?
A :- Students while selecting the University they should check the course structure because each and every University has different courses and course structures. It should depend on the student’s interest on the course that they want to pursue. They should also check on the companies that come for recruiting in the university and the companies around the locality.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Many students decide on the university by seeing their rank however frankly speaking rank is not that much important, the study pattern and the course are important.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA?
A :- Very good and helpful people, calm climate and the climate here where I am is similar to what we have in Chennai so it was easy for me to get used to it. There is not much population here.
Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India?
A :- In India we have more of theoretical part than practical and here we have more of practical part. I had an open book exam here where we can use the book while writing exams because what the faculty needs is that we should understand what we study and sometimes there are no exams it’s just the practical or a presentation depending on that they give the grades.
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 definitely worth spending because after completing the course we have good opportunities here.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- Just leave it to the student if they want to pursue their higher education in USA or abroad countries, do not force them for the education part.
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the USA
A :- Collect information about the university and the course structure by your own, because going through consultancy will cost you much and they are just into business of making money from the students and also they do have tie ups with the universities. So whatever you can do it by yourself do that as you can save lot of amount and the information is clearly given in the university website.
Q :- What are the 3 important things you learnt after you entered the USA?
A :- 1]Be independent,
2] How to live independent?
3] How to get in with different culture and different people.
Q :- Did you see the movie 3 idiots? Do you relate to that movie? Please share your thoughts.
A :- Yes, I saw the movie and I wish that I could relate myself to the movie.
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- My future plan depends on where I get a job.
Q :- What are your views about the current economic environment in the USA? Has it changed anything for the students like you?
A :- No views.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- No other advice.
Q :- Any other references you can give us who can answer similar interviews?
A :- No references.