Friday, February 4, 2011

My Life at The State University of New York, Buffalo

Suraj T. shares his experience as a student at The State University of New York, Buffalo.

Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- I had opted for the MS course and am presently doing MS in computer science and engineering. I chose this course for my passion.

Q :- Why did you choose the USA for higher education?
A :- USA is one of the best places to study. The education system here is more practical and at the same time very demanding. This is good for us as this lets us learn more in short duration of time. Also the researches in US universities are very good.

Q :- Why is the degree offered by your University is better than other Universities in the USA?
A :- The Degree offered by SUNY Buffalo is much better when compared to several other universities. This is because; SUNY Buffalo is one of the best known universities in the department of computer science and engineering in the US. The university offers a lot of research opportunities and also the courses taught here are job oriented.

Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes, I am Happy with my decision

Q :- Where do you eat? Do you cook yourself?
A :- I cook my own food and eat. Seldom have we gone out to have food. But that is only once in a month or so.

Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- I live off-campus. This is for two reasons. One is that the cost of living is much cheaper when compared to on campus stay and the other is the presence of more Indian students in these areas.

Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the USA for aspiring students
A :- USA for education is one of the best places, especially for advanced degrees like MS. However, it is important to have a proper mindset before one reaches here. We need to be ready to struggle for sometime since this system of education will take some time for us to adapt, though school systems like the KV could provide some sneak peek into the American education system.

Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the USA for higher studies?
A :- Be ready to face anything and be ready to work hard. Also every thing has to be done by oneself here and one will become a good manager or a multitasked if he comes here for higher studies.

Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country USA?
A :- A lot, from cooking to managing bank accounts. This is because all of these things which were either taken care by mom or dad are now to be taken care by ourselves.

Q :- How are the studies in the USA different than the studies in India?
A :- They are pretty much the same in terms of the content. However the mode of delivery is completely different. Here classes are less (typically 2 hrs of classes per day) and there are more homework’s and projects

Q :- How did you fund your higher education?
A :- All my funding is done by Credila

Q :- Why did you choose Credila?
A :- Credila is one of the best financial agencies I have ever known. It is more of a human organization than just an agency. I had checked for loans with many banks including almost all the nationalized banks in Chennai. Not a single bank was concerned about the students. They were only concerned about the collateral the interest repayment. It is only in papers that the banks give education loans without collateral. They actually do not. Most of the banks are either reluctant or are lazy. But Credila is one agency that understands the real needs of students. They don’t "harass" students like the other banks do. The employees are really worth a special mention. I took the loan from the Chennai branch. The employees there were very kind and extremely responsive. This is one agency for which I have praises that can run into pages.


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