SANJAY DIXIT talks about life in the University of Texas at Dallas.
‘Study abroad’ is the new mantra for undergrads fresh out of college, especially evident in the metro. For me it was a transition from work to study as I had completed two-and-a-half years as a software developer at IBM. I was raring to go, challenging myself to the new rigours of graduate studies, starting a new student life again. It was the University of Texas at Dallas that gave me this wonderful opportunity to study Management Information Systems that is a unique blend of technical and management skills.
The course curriculum and opportunities to exhibit my talent drew me closer to studying in the U.S. The university system offers unique courses in Consulting and Business Intelligence coupled with industry-related programmes that allow students to apply these skills.
People are very polite and cordial. I was awestruck when complete strangers on roads and hallways would greet me with warm smiles. Cultures are widely respected here and it doesn't bother which part of the world you come from, it's the attitude that differentiates people here.
Texas as a State is very big with huge and widely spaced buildings. Dallas is especially known for its cowboy culture. American football is a very popular sport and we often hang out at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The thing I miss the most is the good Asian/Indian meal on campus. Though Dallas is known to have lots of Indian food joints, sadly, our campus doesn't have one, the nearest ones being the ‘Bombay Chopsticks’ and ‘Masala Wok’ which are often frequented by Indian students. But the plus point is the Mexican food which offers some respite to veggie students like me.
There is no age limit to studying in the U.S. Classes are uniquely diverse both in age and race and you can have classmates and project mates who are as old as 55 years or as young as 21. This is highly enriching as most of the senior classmates are experienced in their industries and share their work experiences with other students. Classrooms serve as a perfect networking platform. Many classes have live projects where you directly work with the industry professionals and apply concepts and create value to their work. The international student population, which is almost one-fourth of the total student population, is formed mainly by Mexico, India, China, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, U.K and Russia.
Lots of on-campus job opportunities exist for students and they make a very good living out of it. I work as a teaching assistant, helping out professors with grading and course material.
The most impressive aspect fostered by my business school is analytical thinking and focus on problem solving and creativity.
Not just educating about business, we are also taught to implement strategies .We also learn a lot from case studies and guest speaker sessions.
Leadership is encouraged through student organisations. I was deeply influenced by my Business Economics professor who belongs to the Austrian School of Economics. His thoughts on the subject and how Austrian economics could solve world economy problems deeply nurtured rational thinking in me.
My learning curve so far has taught me that ability to think differently and the potential to implement your ideas are key to success in the modern world.