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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Another Graduation!

I graduate from Cornell tomorrow!

I have to say, this has been a great year doing my master's degree. I think coming to Cornell was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The program was everything I hoped it would be. I was really challenged, but got to work on great projects, with amazing faculty and other bright grad (and undergrad!) students. It's a great environment here for computer science and I would highly recommend the program. And, I think coming here really helped me with getting a job. Cornell has an excellent career services... it was primarily because of them that I got interviews with companies like Microsoft and Google. And even though the job I ended up accepting at Raytheon was found through other means, I really feel that being here helped there as well.

It might be unforutnate but I did learn here that, at least to a certain extent, your opportunities in life do depend on lot on what school you went to. At least during the immediate post-graduation period. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that. It's really hard to get into (and survive) a school like Cornell, so it's very true that people here are rather good. But at the same time, I know for a fact that if you really look at people at less-obviously-good-schools, there are a lot of really good people there as well. I was at a state school just a little over a year ago. Am I completely different person now that I'm at Cornell? No. But I think I got a lot more attention during my job search because of it. In the end, I think that everyone knows that there are plenty of good people at non-Ivy League schools... but, being at a top-ranked school helps validate your skill to a prospective company without them having to investigate you in-depth. This is just my personal observation, take it as you will.

So, I'm graduating. I'm grateful for all of the friendships I formed here at Cornell... both with other MEng students, undergrads, and of course a few stand-out professors (most of all my MEng project advisor). It was a great experience. Now I look forward to the opportunities ahead of me at Raytheon. I'm very excited about everything ahead of me, and am thankful for and happy with everything that is now behind me.