This blog post is written by Karthik Dandavathi.
I wanted to share my why I decided to pursue higher education in US instead of working in India (MNC). To tell this I need to go back to some 3 years back in Time capsule when I was a final year BTech student.
I was always a confused guy as to what to do with my future and how should be my career progression.
I was like I was someone who would think twice either to eat bread or Dosa for break fast. Such was my mental balance then. B
One fine day one of my seniors guided me and told me all good things about studying in U.S. (No !! he wasn’t speaking about education, but things better than that), then I was really fascinated by U.S. lifestyle, kind of living there, driving those good-looking cars and last but not the least getting some real quality education.
With those intentions I made up my mind and thought that US is the place to be.
When things were just going my way then this sudden thing of campus placement came and fortunately/unfortunately I got a job in MNC.
Now with my typical middle class background and kind of package they are offering… My relatives and closed ones were like praising me like I won a world cup or something. They had a small kind of appreciation party for me at my colony back then (yes it did happen !!)
Now that left in two minds again .. Should I go to US or should I take up my job..
I didn’t even dare to say my family members that I have a desire to study in USA seeing the kind of reception I got after getting my offer. I was sure then that they would not appreciate my decision.
Frankly speaking I was also getting more and more inclined towards taking up a job as it offered lucrative package (that was only on paper though.. I realized it late). And so many perks.
I would be having lot of money in a month . I was very excited and made myself a false promise that I would enjoy for 1 year and then leave my job for Higher Education. I didn’t realize its going to be tough.
After this inner turmoil ended . I was working for an MNC in Chennai for about 6 months.
Initially, I was kind of happy but slowly I started realizing the Salary package was just on Paper and I was getting considerably very less than what was offered.
With no offense to the company I got it wrong. Slowly work pressure was taking charge of me and every time I think of taking GRE there was some XX thing that would intervene..
Two years went like a rocket at work and I never had a chance to follow my desire.
Self realization incubated itself in different stages. It was like one day I bluntly decided that I would take GRE and apply for a MS program.
Again there is a problem here,. My mother and people around me were saying
Why do you want to waste 2 years again in studying, if you work for 2 more years you may as well get H1B sponsored from your company.
This time I decided to educate them. I took a paper and showed them the following
- I’m paid 25,000 rupees.
- Savings = NIL
If I work for 2 more years I may get paid 50K rupees per month savings may be == 10,000 rupees.
If I spend 2 years for MS in USA, I will get paid about $5,000 per month.
I can save some one lakh rupees back here.
And I also said that higher education is not always about money and having a degree from good university in US will definitely help me at some point of time in my life.
I finally got them convinced.
The whole point of this long boring essay was to tell the readers how some person might have to overcome emotional difficulties he may get in his middle class family when he says he will quit job and study.
And moreover they are all my people .. my relatives who were there with my family every good and bad time sand I cannot simply ignore them and go according to my will.
Some people may have an easy road to the MS. Some may have a little bit difficult road like me.
If you have the strong desire for Masters Degree then this can be very much possible.
Finally, I’, preparing for Fall 2013. Scored 306 ( 150 Verbal + 156 Quantitative ) in GRE.
PS: Readers please excuse me for writing a mini book on the pretext of writing a post.
This is my maiden post and do let me know your thoughts about it.
Over To You
What about you? How did you convince your parents about studying in USA?
Do you have a job offer and contemplating about studying abroad?