Life in a Foreign University: How I got admission in MS Cybersecurity at Pace University USA

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It has been my dream to study for a master’s degree in the United States of America ever since I graduated from Savitribai Phule Pune University. I am Mayuri Khed and this is my story. I graduated in 2020 with a degree in computer science. I planned to start my preparations right away, but then the biggest pandemic that threatened the whole world hit and I felt that my dream would never come true. But my parents became my pillar of strength and encouraged me to study during the pandemic and apply for a master’s degree. During that time, I decided not to sit idle and instead worked for Birlasoft as a software developer for 1.8 years.

While working as a software developer, I started studying for the entrance exams required for a master’s degree. I always knew what I wanted to study and which major to choose. I always wanted to work in cyber security. However, I was not sure which faculty to apply to and how. I started my research with universities that offered a full degree in cyber security, not just a major. As part of my research, I attended careers fairs which gave me a thorough understanding of what courses universities offer to students and how they deliver them.

Why did I choose Pace University?

After extensive research, I shortlisted several universities that I felt were relevant to my field of study. I applied to three institutes, but my hopes were stuck on Pace University because it matched all my expectations and the factors I considered for my master’s degree. For starters, the cybersecurity department at Pace University is funded by the National Science Foundation. Read also : Reassessing Choices During Cyber Conflicts – Analysis – Eurasia Review. With $3.8 million in funding, they provide their students with robust practical skills. Second, it has its Women in Cyber ​​Defense program, which encourages female departmental candidates to attend various conferences, workshops and other events. This was more attractive to me because I wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible from this degree.

After my research was complete, I applied to Pace University in December and fortunately received a final decision within 20 days. My dream was finally becoming a reality. The university even offered me a scholarship, which was the icing on the cake for me.

The documents that were required to complete the admission process are:

– Statement of purpose – explains why you would like to study this course, your ambitions etc.
–Academic marks – 10th, Diploma and Engineering.
– Transcripts – degree and engineering
-Letter of recommendation – from previous faculty professors and employers (if they work).
– Test of knowledge of English as a foreign language.
– Go on.
– Proof of extracurricular activities.

USA vs. Indian Universities: How does the pedagogy differ?

Many people, including my family and friends, have asked me why I didn’t pursue my Masters in India and why I wanted to go to the United States. Universities in India offer Masters in Computer Science with Cyber ​​Security as a major subject, however, there are very few universities that offer a degree but they are not world class. US universities have a world-class reputation compared to technological advancements. On the same subject : How to get Fortune 500 cybersecurity without the hefty price tag • Graham Cluley. Earning a degree here is highly valued in India, as students gain extensive practical experience. They have world-class research labs and forensic labs here where we can get our hands dirty with various research projects.

Despite the fact that school education in India is very comprehensive and covers a wide range of subjects, I believe there is a need to put more emphasis on activities like emphasizing more practical implementation rather than just focusing on theoretical knowledge.

Travel, learn and experience this country

When it comes to culture, India and the United States are diametrically opposed. I live in New York, the city that never sleeps, there is always something to do or places to visit. I often visit nearby places on weekends to relax from my hectic academic schedule. Read also : Sponsored by Baldwin Wallace University: Cultivating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The only thing I can’t find here is vegetarian food. However, if I go to Indian Street in Jersey City, I have a variety of options. Other than that, I’m enjoying it here, looking forward to the snow and eager to travel and explore the country as much as possible.

Although I don’t currently have a part-time job, but I will be looking for one next semester. I mostly prepare meals at home. I plan the money I get from my parents for expenses. I took an education loan for my master’s degree.

Speaking of extracurricular activities, I will be joining the Pace International Students Association, which will greatly increase my exposure in this country. In my experience, before making a firm decision, one should be sure in which field they want to pursue their career. Because masters are something you want to master and make a career of. I would like to encourage everyone to pursue their dreams and work hard to make them a reality.

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