I am confused with which option to choose and right now am looking for a third opinion from someone who doesn’t know me and is well knowledgable to answer it (and this is why I am asking you 🙂 ).
Currently I am not working or studying anywhere. My aim in life is to get into research (would prefer invention and innovation over anything), preferably in the field of Nuclear Technology but not limited to it. I chose Nuclear because I have completed my Bachelors with a specialization in Nuclear Engineering.
As of now, I have secured an admission for a Masters degree in CFD at a private university in the country. The university (UPES, Dehradun) is not well reputed itself, but does give opportunities like MoUs with international universities, which I have confirmed from sources to be true and trustworthy (If I work hard enough). So for research point of view it is not much of a problem. I have even secured a job in a solar power plant (still have not been informed with the profile). Apart from these, my admission to Masters in UBC, Vancouver is still awaited.
These are the three options I have right now and each having its own advantages and dis-advantages. Considering the private university in the country, I have to make a decision within a day and for the international university there is no specific date by which they can declare my admission. Also, I was unable to crack the GATE exam. As for the higher studies, I do want to earn a PhD one day or the other. All my peers ask me to go only for the reputed college or university where else I believe I need to see the reputation only at the stage of PhD. For masters if the university is giving an opportunity I don’t mind going there. But again, this is my thinking and I may go wrong.
I would really appreciate a suggestion from your end telling me what could possibly be the best option to opt for.
Thanks a lot in advance
P.S. – As I need to make a decision within a day, I would be needing a quick reply.
- Sankalp asked 3 years ago
- last edited 2 years ago
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I will try my best to help.
So you said you have three options:
Option 1: Join UPES Dehradun for Masters and apply for international projects
Option 2: Decline UPS Dehradun and wait for UBC Vancouver decision
What is Option 3? Was not quite sure about this. If you have spent one year in exam preps (GATE etc.), it may not be good to sit out one more year.
Anyway here are some scenarios that come to mind:
- You can join UPES now. If UBC decision is positive, you can join UBC. You will waste some money in the process, but education is an investment. If you work hard, you will reap the rewards later
- You join UPES now. If UBC decision is negative, you slog it out at UPES and try to be the best researcher there (you can also apply for international projects from there). Then you do a PhD from a good univ. If you have a strong research profile by then, your PhD admission would be much easier
There are many other scenarios that I could comment on. But since you have to make a decision on short time, here’s my suggestion:
Join UPES and try to make the best of it. Be prepared to forego the joining / tuition fee in case you get an admit at UBC.
The ultimate decision is yours. Ultimately you will live by your decisions. Not me. Not anybody else.
I will be curious to know how your situation shapes up in the next few months. Keep in touch.
Thank you for the reply.
The third option was a job.
If at UPES I find the study and research culture to be good, would I really then need to go for UBC, if the admission is positive?
I tried to get in touch with few students of UPES who will be graduating this year and they have all actually given me a positive feedback and have even suggested me the name of the faculty member whom I should maintain a close relationship for research. Also, most of the students I got in touch with were the ones who were able to get into international internships/projects.
I don't know if it is right to say this, but I have some inner gut feeling that I can make good use of the opportunities available there. I can still be wrong though.
Once again, thank you for your valuable suggestion.
Now we talking!
I like your positive attitude about the new venture you are about to take. Just be focused and try to make the best of your time at UPES.
Remember: many people at prestigious colleges do not make the best use of their facilities, while others at lesser known colleges make great use of their situation and excel in life.
About UBC, how about we take that question when the application decision comes?
Yes. The discussion about UBC will be more valid at that time!
It is expected to be announced by May end. Will ping a new comment as soon as it gets announced.
Thank you :)
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