Muthu sent his first month experience in USA. Previously he had posted his F1 Visa Interview Experience at Chennai.
Running a Family
It’s been a month since I landed in this challenging country and this period has been the most exciting and fascinating moments of my life. Back in India I never used to bother about my amenities because it was all provided to me by my parents readily but here I had to setup my apartment, buy groceries for my daily needs, cook for ourselves, pay electricity bill… and what not !!!…. ‘It’s like running a family here’. My roommates are so supportive and I’m enjoying here.
Classes and Assignments
The classes started few weeks back and they are loading us with assignments. Though the assignments are hard they still are very interesting to do. Even the classes are very interesting. I think the age of blackboards is over and its place has been taken by Huge LCD screens and tablet pc. Even the lectures are recorded and uploaded in the university’s server so that they are available to the students 24X7. I never thought technology can be used to such an extent.
The main purpose of this mail is to inform you that I have got a good project under a professor and he has agreed to waive my out state tuition fee for this semester and provide RA/TA from next semester. My professor said that he cannot give RA in this semester because I’m from a different grading background and he has to see my performance in this grading system to come to a conclusion. I’m pretty confident I can prove that I’m a deserving candidate and I’m happy I got an out state waiver.
How to get Funding
I have been observing some of my batch mates here who are trying to get funding. The common mistake that I believe they are doing is giving first preference to funding than to good research projects. Moreover some of the students are meeting all the professors in the department requesting for funding.
I don’t think meeting all the professors and requesting for funding is a good idea. The first question my batch mates ask when they meet a professor is – ‘do u have any funded positions available under you?’…
The moment the professors hear this they come to a conclusion that the student is looking for funding and is not interested in their projects. So they close their doors saying there is no position available and the student is left wondering why he didn’t get funding. The main point is that funding is a consequence of a good project but many students do not realize this and waste their opportunities.
By the way the THINKPAD is awesome. I have already tested it’s rigidity by dropping it down (off course unknowingly…). It’s the toughest lappy I have ever come across. Thanks very much for the suggestion.
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