The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Krishna's experience
We visited the University of Alabama at Birmingham and spoke with INTO student Krishna Veena Boppana from India. We asked her about her experiences at the university as an international student and if there was any advice she would like to give other students thinking about studying in the US.
Why did you choose UAB?
I’m here to pursue my Master’s degree in Computer Information Sciences. I want to earn a Master’s degree in Computer Security and work with the Criminal Justice Department.
What do you like about UAB’s location?
I like being in calm places, so it gives me a good relaxation to study here. I like it here.
What do you like most about studying in the US?
In the United States, they make sure that everything we study is performed hands on - that way the student is exposed more to the practical training of what he or she is studying and the will help them a lot in the future. The way they teach us is absolutely impressive for the students because they give us more practical examples that are actually happening around the city or the country, and that makes the student more attentive.
What was it like when you first arrived on campus?
The first week here is going to be really exciting. You will explore new places, new stuff and new friends. The second and third weeks you are going to face a culture shock here, like the food, the language you speak and the people you meet. But then I think that’s something you need to be used to if you plan to study in the United States and you know continue your future here.
Do you celebrate cultural festivals at UAB?
We have a pretty big community here of Indian students and they make sure that we are furnished with everything that is required. We have celebrations for all the traditional festivals that we have back in India. We have the Diwali party. We even have New Year’s Eve as well; I am really excited for that. I think we are going to have Holi as well. We are going to have a gathering for all the traditional festivals that we have in India.
What advice would you give to a student worried about culture shock?
It’s not very difficult for a student to adapt himself or herself to the culture here. The people here are very warm and welcoming and I consider the place to be relatively secure.