During this time I also got a chance to network with a variety of people associated with this field. I met some professors from foreign universities and came to know about opportunities at their universities. I met some students and came to know about communities like [email protected] (A citizen-science programme). Eventually, my network grew, I became part of different types of groups and became more aware of the variety of opportunities available.
After the end of my seventh semester, I started looking for Masters opportunities outside India. I had not given any of GREs and did not know of any reference where I can see colleges where I met eligibility criteria. I also needed their funding (stipend/scholarship), another hard constraint. I started doing my own research using QS world rankings and eventually got some universities where I could apply. I still had to give an English proficiency exam (like IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) and by the time I got my IELTS score, I missed a couple of important deadlines. Practically, I could apply to only 3 universities: the University of Alberta, Canada (where I missed priority deadline because of IELTS), University of Western Ontario, Canada and National Central University, Taiwan (about which I came to know through a Professor there whom I met in ARIES). I also applied to the Autonomous University of Madrid but the application got stuck because I needed to get some formalities done in Spanish equivalent. I tried to apply at the University of Geneva too but they required some hard copies of original documents and I did not have enough time left to mail them those.
4. Things I did right
- Research. The research projects in my CV was my biggest selling point.
- Gained knowledge about my domain especially through online courses. This helped me directly, I was eligible to apply for the University of Geneva after they checked the course certificates and indirectly, I was able to do better research and include more points in my SOP/CV.
- Networking. I would not have known about the opportunity at NCU Taiwan if I did not have talked to the Professor. I still feel that I should have started doing this earlier. Good thing you are already here.
5. Things I did wrong
- Not giving GREs. Needless to say, I was not able to apply to a lot of universities. I would especially recommend giving GRE Physics.
- Not being enough prepared for applications. If I would have kept a better record of opportunities, deadlines and requirements, I would have been able to try my luck at better places.
- Not pushing my CPI. Although I had a CPI of 8 (which seemed decent enough for me), my application got rejected in the University of Western Ontario because it was low compared to rival applications.
13 thoughts on “How I found space in the World of Astronomy- Aashih Gupta”
Amazing man!! All the best for your future endeavours
Superb bro…keep prospering.
That passion led you to the world you deserve.. Keep going and thanks for the post it is really helpful to the people like me who are interested to have their career in Astronomy and astrophysics
Congrats Ashis. All the very best for your future. Why don't you mention some of best online courses available. It will be a great help to the aspirants.
Great man!!! You are an inspiration.
Thank you. Best of luck to you too.
Thank you. All the best for your future endeavours.
I think it is more important to do some courses related to your domain of interest rather than any particular defined set of courses. The aim is to add up your knowledge of field in general and show your dedication in your CV. Do whatever you find interesting and relevant.
Thanks man. Means a lot.
That was pretty inspiring Aashish, wish you all the best.
A very nice journey, all the best for your future. It is really helpful for beginners like me. How can I contact you for further information (I know it sounds bit odd to ask like this in comment section, but i didn't have any other option, sorry for such misbehaviour)
What type of courses did you took on coursera…
Can I get a brief summary please