“It feels great to achieve your goals in a foreign land”
For Mumin Bhat, who is pursuing master of Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand, the best thing about studying abroad is the versatility of the people and different ethnic backgrounds that helps in the overall development of an individual.
In this interview with Careers360, Mumin talks about his life in the University of Auckland, how the university has helped him think more and discover his own ability as a global student.
Below are the edited excerpts:
Q: How and why did you choose your university?
A: After doing my bachelors from SRM University in India, I was looking forward for doing my masters before commencing full-time work. To choose a university is not very easy. The things that you keep in mind are its accreditation, rank, curriculum etc. The Faculty of Engineering in the University of Auckland has a reputation for creating an environment where people thrive and contribute to improving the quality of life in national and global communities, as well as enhancing the wealth creation of the nation through excellence in teaching, research and service.
The University of Auckland suited my interests. As well as being good in academic terms, the university helps its students to think more and discover their own ability. Apart from that, it is located in one of the most beautiful surroundings of the world. These were my prime reasons for choosing the University of Auckland over others.
Q: Was there any specific reason why you chose to study in New Zealand?
A: New Zealand has a climate that is soothing and very comfortable. This was something that I also considered before choosing New Zealand. The people in New Zealand are very helpful and polite. So, that is what adds to its advantage of being chosen by students for tertiary studies all over the world.
Q: Tell us about the campus life at your university. How different is it from the Indian campus life?
A: The campus life in India is very different from that in Auckland. The best thing about Auckland is the versatility of the people and the ideas they have. Getting to know people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures helps overall development of an individual. Also, the campus is wonderful, the restaurants and cafÃ©s, lounges, recreation centre, etc. add to the fun. In India, we had all the facilities but not the sync of different people. This is what makes it different here.
Q: How is the competition level? How would you describe your experience being an international student?
A: In my personal experience, the competition here is very high as people in the class are among the best from their countries. This is probably because of the admission requirements of the University of Auckland.
Being an international student has so far been a great experience. The feeling of achieving your goal in a completely different place is wonderful. Every milestone you achieve towards your destiny makes you feel more confident and happy.
Q: Did you look beyond the Indian community while making friends?
A: Yes, of course. This was the main reason for studying here. I have friends from different parts of the world which include places like Indonesia, China, Pakistan, Fiji and New Zealand.
Q: What about festivals? Have you taken part in any of the festivals organized at your university?
A: Well Diwali is about to come and we have been practicing dancing for the event in the university. It’s going to be a good experience for me. I have been practicing with many Indian students to show others a taste of India.
Q: Are you a member of any club? How does it help to orient you with the university?
A: No, I have not yet but I am looking forward to joining some of the clubs on offer.
Q: Going from India, how is life in a foreign country? What did you do to adjust in a new environment?
A: Change is good in life. Life in New Zealand is very easy and relaxing. It is a wonderful feeling to live in such an advanced country.
India is a late-rising country and the work starts there at 10:00 am whereas New Zealand is an early-rising country. This is the only thing that I had to adapt to. It’s more fun than an adjustment.
Q: Do you hold any part-time Jobs? How does this help with your education?
A: Yes, I am currently working for a real estate company. It is good to have a job so that you can support yourself and have a feeling of being independent. For now, my job is not study oriented but I am looking for a job in the engineering sector so that I can have my hands on technology as soon as possible.