Time and time again, we have seen average students determined to take up the biggest challenge.
This experience is another example of some one who gave more importance to program than university brand name and rankings.
It takes time to find such programs. But, end result of such research works wonders.
University vs Program
Like all other Masters Aspirants I wanted to go to the best possible university for my Masters Education.
I was an Average student in India and did not score much in my Btech(69%), GRE(1060) and TOEFEL(95).
But still I had high hopes for my Masters. I researched a lot about universities via HSB and Students in United States.
I finalized some of the best possible, Average and not so good universities for my profile.
I got rejected from all my best possible universities and quite frankly I was very sad about it because I wanted to raise the level of my education and wanted to do something worth during the Masters.
I was left with two choices one was to go to not so good universities and the other was to stay back in India.
However, after all my research and findings I found a third option that nobody really thinks of.
The option was University Vs Program.
Everyone thinks of applying to the universities based on their over all rankings or department wise rankings.
I found nobody (other than those geniuses) who wanted to go to the university based on their program or research in that particular program.
So, I decided to research in this area. It took me 4 months to research but finally I found University of Arkansas at Little Rock which was not so good in the rankings but had the program called Information Quality.
Information Quality was all I was looking for.
It had good research opportunities; it was the first University in the world to offer Graduate Degrees in the field of IQ.
The program was designed in collaboration with MIT’s IQ Program. I applied to this program and got selected.
In my first semester itself my full fees was waived, I was appointed as a RA under my professor, this is my second semester and I am already getting offers from Companies to do Internships.
The program is just awesome and had so many opportunities. I don’t think a student with my profile would have got so many opportunities.
I would like to advice the other aspirants to understand the difference and do the smart thing.
In the End I would like to stretch on the point of selecting the right program is important not university. The other programs in my university are not this much juicy but IQ is.
The program will make the difference in your career not university.
Decision is Awesome
Thanks to Huzaifa Syed for sharing his experience. Good luck with your Grad school.
You sure made an intelligent decision when deciding between program and university brand value.
I have been trying to convey the same message, but as you said, very few are invest time with university selection.
Time you spent researching about the university and unique program is now working wonders for you.
I have been to Arkansas and Little Rock.
Update 1 – Added link to Huzaifa Syed’s LikedIn profile.