She is the one who has set major life goals for all those who aspire to study abroad in the best universities. She made her choice and has definitely nailed it! Yes,we are talking about the one who made an incredible choice of pursuing Masters in Science after engineering, ditching the conventional career choices like MBA, GATE with a long list following, and we think she has absolutely justified her unique decision by getting herself admitted to one of the best universities in the world TU Delft, Netherlands.
We got an opportunity to interview Aayushi Kandoi, an inspiration for all those who wish to make daring choices and switch fields like magic. In the interview, she discussed how she came across this unique choice, the list of prospect universities for masters, selection process, about her scores and preparation of GRE and TOEFL. This write-up will not only be useful for aspirants for all others who wish to learn from her never-too-late attitude.
She gave some helpful insights for students who wish to study abroad after engineering in India. Scroll down to know more about her experience, thoughts and opinions.
Neuronerdz: How did you opt for pursuing an MS, in the face of the multitude of options available such as MBA, GATE or any other choice? At what stage of your undergraduate study you decide on doing an MS?
Aayushi: If I am correct you want to know, why I opted for MS instead of MBA, GATE etc.
So, I opted for MS because I wanted to excel in my field of interest (Wireless Communication). Though I was always keen on learning and still want to learn management (MBA) but before that, I wanted to be an expert in my technical field. Between GATE and masters abroad, I went through the laborious process of analyzing the QS rankings and the research quality in universities for my field of interest and then made a decision of going with masters rather than GATE.
About how I was motivated to pursue masters in science…. This is an interesting story. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I always had this goal of doing a master’s degree in my mind. But I decided the field while I was studying Wireless Communication as my bachelor’s subject. I found this subject very interesting and I was passionate to learn more in this field.
Neuronerdz: What was your thought process while shortlisting universities for the purpose of sending your application?
Aayushi: While shortlisting the universities, I mainly looked for three things – First, the QS ranking, the researchers and professors associated with each of the universities. Second, the country and standards of living. Crime rate and the environment was my parent’s concern. And third, future career options (if I wish to pursue a PhD at some point) and job opportunities offered by the country.
Neuronerdz: Which universities did you apply to and from which universities did you receive admits?
Aayushi: I applied for four universities: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Toronto and University of Twente.
I received admit from all four of them.
Neuronerdz: How did you build your profile to suit the requirements of the University?
Aayushi: From the very beginning of my bachelors, I have worked on my profile. So, the shortlisting criteria of any university in the world are your GPA, research work, professional technical skills, projects and in the end your English proficiency score. I worked on each whenever I got the opportunities while pursuing my bachelors.
Neuronerdz: How did you receive the required guidance for GRE and TOEFL? When did you write each of these exams? Which sources did you use for the preparation of these exams?
Aayushi: I got the guidance from my elder sister, as she had done her masters from London and she knew the procedure. I wrote the exam in November 2018 but it’s better to write as early as possible, around September, so that you can apply for various scholarships which usually have early deadlines. I wasn’t able to apply as I didn’t get my results on time.
And about the sources – I prepared for GRE from Princeton online source, ETS Official Guide and for TOEFL I prepared from Cambridge Online TOEFL practice test. So, I preferred online sources rather than attending classes for each of the tests.
Neuronerdz: Which branch will you be graduating in from TU Delft?
Aayushi: I am pursuing my Masters in Electrical Engineering – Wireless Communication and Sensing as my core.
Neuronerdz: How did you get the necessary recommendations from the professors involved in your LORs?
Aayushi: I got my LORs from my professors and HOD under whom I have been working throughout my college journey. I also got a LOR from my Bachelor’s thesis guide under whom I have worked with for my final year project, my student team professor coordinator. I thought these were the appropriate people who could acknowledge my work and progress in the best way.
Neuronerdz: Which factors did you consider while choosing TU Delft from the universities you had got admits from?
Aayushi: As I mentioned before, I used the same criteria. The QS ranking, research quality, country environment and future opportunities were the key factors.
Neuronerdz: What were the strong points of your SOP in your opinion? What was your CGPA before applying to world-famous universities like TU Delft, Univ. of Toronto?
Aayushi: My CGPA was 8.97 when I had applied for the universities of choice. Strong points of my SOP included:
- My research project (Final year Thesis)
- The experience I got from the technical student college team Recon Subsea
- The MTS Undergraduate Scholarship which I got in the third year of my bachelors
- Experience at my internship.
I think somewhere my storyline and motivation to learn more about this field also played an important role.
Neuronerdz: What made you choose to obtain an MS degree directly instead of obtaining some job experience beforehand?
Aayushi: I wanted to acquire proper knowledge in my field of interest and I was sure about my field, which. I feel, most people doubt and they get a clear picture while doing the job.
Secondly, I didn’t want the break-in my studies. This is why I chose to go for MS degree than getting some job experience.
Neuronerdz: One last technical question, what was your score in both GRE and TOEFL?
Aayushi: I scored a 316 in GRE and a 95 in TOEFL.
Neuronerdz: Any message that you would like to pass on to the readers?
Aayushi: I would like to convey what I learnt throughout this journey of ups and downs while achieving my goals: however hard be the goal and the failures you face in accomplishing it, believe in yourself as you are the key to your success.
I think Aayushi’s concluding remarks have set the right tone for all the young, creative and aspiring minds reading this. It has beautifully defined a sterling attitude for life, in general. It was amazing to have Ms Aayushi answer some of our questions. We hope she excels in her endeavours and continues to set standards for all of us.