Through this post , I would like to bring to the air the thinking pattern I underwent in selecting universities.
After having decided to go with MS in US, the story isn’t over there 🙂 .. There are many things to follow and I would rate university selection as one of the pivotal and key factors.
There are 2 ways one can go about with university selection process..
- Go for a mediocre university(I don’t mean fraudulent universities here but less acclaimed universities ), complete Master’s as soon as possible and then get into job searching business.
- Try to get into a decent university (within the profile of course) which will have greater benefits in the long run.
I was confused as to which way should I take.
One side was 1st way where I can generally skim through my MS and try to get into job searching business. This universities offered low tuition fees and lot of liberty in selecting courses like no pre requisites.
There was no much research going on. One needs to find jobs only off campus. These universities are like any other colleges in India which offered Bachelor’s. And trust me a lot of my friends who went into this kind of universities did get into jobs. Since my main motive was not to do research after MS then i was initially keen to go into this kind of low profile universities.
I was almost prepared to go to one of 1st kind of universities where admit was relatively easy and everyone after MS joins a consultancy to get a job.
But again, I was lucky here and my thinking was refined/counselled by one of my best buddies in the US.
He clarified that when you think of applying to Master’s that degree will stay with you for life time and you should be looking to get it from a better university if not the best.
I debated with him by quoting an example of our common friends who studied from OK colleges and got good jobs for which he said getting a job may be easy but getting a good job is really tough. By good job he meant that a job which will be inline with what you studied, a job which will give you some amount of work satisfaction, a job for which you will not sulk to go to office on a Monday morning.
He also said that higher education is not only for academic or job purposes but for the kind of exposure you get it by studying from a good college which is priceless and Challenging courses, good research from a decent university will bring the best out of you which you yourself might not be aware.
This was again an eye opener for me who was only looking at cost effective colleges for some name sake degree. From his inspiration i decided to look out for some decent colleges according to my profile.
Last but not the least , When you are looking to get an admit from a good college, you need to apply for the same as early as possible. Because according to a well known saying ..
“Early bird catches the worm”.
—- For all my friends who are reading this post, what do you think one’s approach should be ?
Should one look for mediocre, cost effective colleges or should one look for decent colleges which has good accolades ?
Thanks for your patience.. I appreciate it 🙂