New Delhi, India but I've always considered Bloomington IN, my home since I came here on Aug 4, 2018!
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
I completed my undergrad in India.
Why did you choose to attend IU Bloomington?
It offered expert faculty, and the university is close to business hubs. After reviewing IU’s website, I believed that the M.S.Ed. program in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) was perfectly suited to my ambitions. The Residential M.S.Ed. in IST at IUB, School of Education is also one of the top programs in the field worldwide! I love the experience of a small college town (Bloomington) as opposed to universities in bigger cities (IUB was quiet, peaceful, student centered, perfect to study, little/no pollution, safe for international students, etc.). I also chose the program because of IUB's global repute, QS ranking, and the fact that IUB is a State University and Flagship Campus. IUB offered me support to come, study and do well in the program, and to enjoy every aspect of campus/off-campus life whilst living in Bloomington. This was a chance to forge long-lasting bonds and relationships with peers and faculty at the SoE.
What should prospective students know about your IU School of Education graduate program?
My grad program was the Residential M.S.Ed. in IST. It has wonderful faculty! Wonderful peers! Great classrooms! Great opportunities to know peers, faculty, and academic advisor through orientation, courses taken, etc. Assignments, projects, readings, tasks, and activities in class are fun, intensive, and interactive. The faculty have a unique way of teaching, and the program has very supportive faculty and peers. International students feel included, wanted, appreciated, loved, and cared for. The department has everything a student needs to progress and develop!
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since starting your IU Bloomington program?
Doing well in all my courses - Required, electives, portfolio, graduating in the midst of a global pandemic COVID-19 with a GPA of 4.0.
What is the best thing about life in Bloomington?
Life in Bloomington signifies freedom and small college town living. There is lots to explore, do, and many must-see places on or off-campus. The campus is beautiful, with wonderful people (students/faculty/locals), local sightseeing, lots of places to eat, places to roam about, chill out. It is a student-centered university, much better than home. The community is peaceful, quiet, little to no pollution, with minimal distraction, a wonderful all round environment, and is safe for international students. Once a Hoosier, always a Hoosier.