Finally I am in final of engineering and there is all hope that I will pass without any additional effort. Seventh semester was really cool and easy. Eight was fun there was nothing much to do academically and had lots of worries and sadness. Worry about future and sadness about leaving friends with whom I spend my good four years.
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It few months back it was really a great trend to see friends applying for GRE and TOFEL. Few of them were getting ready to go for jobs and few were confused like me. Students with preparing for GRE TOFEL were well respected and have a great image among girls and rest of the class used to envy it. I had friends from both the groups who were writing GRE TOFEL and who are not. I wrote GATE but I missed trying MS in US. There are several reasons that I would like to share with you.
I was less confident to take GRE or TOFEL. I was studied in a non English medium school till high school and moved to English medium when I was in +2 (intermediate or pre-university).
Lots of uncertainties made me step back. Uncertainties like result of GRE and TOFEL, uncertainty of being selected by a university, uncertainty of getting visa even if everything goes fine. So many uncertainties made me to push myself back.
Huge fee and living cost of the universities in US was another factor. With my calculation at that it was around 10 lakhs for MS tuition fee and RS. 30000/- . At least I have to manage my living even if I get full fee waiver. I know myself very well, even when living with all luxuries I could not do great in exams how can I do well with a job and studies hand by hand. Studying well was my priority at that time and I desperately wanted to be best, which I missed in my B.Tech.
I was more confident of my technical skills and subjective knowledge than English and quantitative skills. This was another major factor for choosing GATE over GRE or TOFEL.
A well defined procedure for M.Tech admissions and easy to ways of finding colleges made GATE and M.Tech more lucrative than GRE TOFEL and MS in US.
With my present status and position let me look back at my decision and share with whether my decision was good or bad. I hope this discussion will help many to understand what is good and bad. I am afraid that this will be a longer post if bring why I opted to go for M.Tech instead of job. I will try to write that in future, if time permits. For time being let’s see it from the M.Tech and MS perspective.
The decision was good form my stand point at that time. At this point I think I am ready for more challenges and adventures. At that point my decision was good to have stability and I feel that stability gave me a confidence to move on. But one the same time I don’t mean that friends who went to US for further studies made a mistake they are doing good in their own sense too. Whatever decision you make you need to be contented and focused on your goals.
I call you to know the depth before diving into water, mare the dream of going to US may land you in a never expected mess. But once you decide be honest to it. Give your heart to the decision and stay happy and focused. Work hard to achieve your goal and never leave a stone unturned. With this I wish you all a great luck.