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PAVITHRA RAMAKRISHNAN
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Even before graduating from the University of Minnesota, had blossomed into a confident young professional with a job offer on hand.

Upbeat: Pavithra Ramakrishnan on the university campus
Upbeat: Pavithra Ramakrishnan on the university campus

Right after finishing my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, I packed my bags and left for the land of dreams and opportunities — the U.S. I went there to pursue my Master’s at the University of Minnesota. Located in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on the banks of the river Mississippi, it is one of the largest public universities in the U.S. The university, renowned for its research in engineering sciences, has a rich lingual, cultural and racial diversity. I landed in Minneapolis in August 2011; the initial few weeks were filled with excitement of new environment, new people, setting up my own apartment and so on.

The biggest challenge I faced was understanding the accent of professors from different nationalities. For all those aspiring to do masters abroad, please learn to cook: salty burnt potatoes are not as tasty as you would want them to be. The classroom ambience was alien to me. Learning was more by interaction with the professors. Within a few weeks, assignments, paper presentations and projects were showered on us. Over there, it was the approach to answers that students give that was important. The students have access to state-of-the-art labs and high-precision software, the ones normally available only to the industry.

PAVITHRA RAMAKRISHNAN

The writer is pursuing her Master’s in Electrical engineering at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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