Archive for December, 2010

Saga of my Master’s trial

Its been my dream from a long time, perhaps right from the college days. But never thought that I would be writing a post on my blog like this.

It all started when my favorite professor said that his son studied in Harvard University. I wanted to study in IITs, but later realized that it a little high target for me. At least I thought of giving a try for this as every crackfot will be going for master’s and why cant I. And the idea got planted. Getting selected in campus placements in the college has created a boundary of responsibilities and pushed me to go with job. And I did. After two years, with the help of my best friend I dug the masters idea again from its cemetery and started to bring it back to life. Started to plan for that in parallel to my job in reputed IT MNC.

April 2009: GRE Practice. Toefl practice. Required a computer and I bought one and soon lost it with in one month.
September 2009: GRE needs at least 1100 and Toefl needs at least 93 to call them as good scores. I screwed them both (1030,91).
December 2009: Applied for two universities and one said nothing (not even a rejection) and the other said they dint even get my application (what a turn). I sent the application once again that dragged for six months and I got no update from them.
April 2010: Reached some XYZ people for get the update on my application and deferred my admission to next semester to due delay in admit.
August 2010: Somehow got admit for that university and took around one and half a month to get the I20.
October, 2010: US Consulate, Chennai. Visa rejected under 214-B, due to my tensed face and dumb answers for a simple question like “Why MS?”
October, 2010 : US Consulate, Hyderabad
Felt much confident and attended the interview with the same confidence. But again screwed up at some question on finances, and it resulted into one more 214-B.
November 2011: Thoughts of MS were almost moved into trash.
But thought to recollect after talking to my best buddy.

Still I let my H1B to go further which is being sponsored by my company.

December, 2011: My H1B petition was filed at USCIS
February, 2011:
My H1B was approved by USCIS
March, 2011: H1B documents were received.
April, 2011: US Consulate, Chennai. Barely 2 questions, and visa was stamped.
May, 2011: Tickets booked for travel on May 13th.

Now tell me do you believe in fate.
Till now I wasn’t, but now I don’t have another choice.
I was more destined for a job than to study, may be.

Sandy-kun

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