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MANEESH ATHAPU
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OSU is known for excellent research facilities

content: Maneesh Athapu at the Oklahoma State University library
content: Maneesh Athapu at the Oklahoma State University library

Right from the early days of my high school, I was attracted towards computers, especially gaming applications.

Slowly I understood that computers are not just meant for gaming but that computer science can tackle any problem no matter of its nature... be it physics, chemistry, or rocket science. The result was that I decided to apply to graduate schools in the U.S.

Keeping in mind the cost of education, living and of course with no compromise on quality of education, I applied for six schools and got admissions to five. When I had to choose one of those five to pursue my master's, without any second thought, I opted to land in Oklahoma State University (OSU).

The attractions

I chose OSU because of the ample research that was going on in the field of network security at the Computer Science Department. The OSU also drew my attention because of the place, cost of living which was very low, the on campus jobs, financial assistance and the ample research facilities. Oklahoma, located in the south-central region in America, is not known to many students in the world.

The place is very simple, with pleasant weather, and experiences occasional snow during winters, though the summer temperatures go a little high. Overall, I would say this is the next best place for a person who is used to the Indian climate.

Oklahoma State University located in Stillwater, north of Oklahoma, is a highly interesting place with lots of student associations on campus. There is always some event going on, leaving a great chance to learn from various cultures around the world. Stillwater, a small university town, is the perfect place of dwelling for any student. There are Indian grocery stores and restaurants which help the Indian student community.

Housing

As it is a small town the student has a facility to live on or off campus. The on-campus housing is cheaper and has access to some additional resources such as the family resource centres, laundries, and party halls. The off-campus housing, which has equally low rental costs, will give a student a choice to stay near shopping complexes and in the vicinity of the campus.

Stillwater is a very secured place because it is just a university town and most of the people living in the city are the students of OSU.

The University dining services on campus not only provides delicious food but also is the source of many campus jobs for students. Every student who comes to OSU can be sure of getting a part-time job on campus, either at the dining services, or the library, or the labs.

The OSU, established in 1890, was originally known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M). It still provides good research facility in the mechanical and agriculture fields.

The economy of the State is based on the sectors of aviation, energy, transportation equipment, food processing, electronics, and telecommunications. Oklahoma is an important producer of natural gas.

The Computer Science Department at OSU deals with network security, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, quantum computing, social networks, sensor networks, distributed networks, bioinformatics etc.

Head of the computer science dept at OSU, Subhash Kak, is a great person who welcomes the research interests of many students and is approachable for any help needed.

MANEESH ATHAPU


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