It was during my third semester that I came to know about the Semester Abroad Programme (SAP). With hard work and consistent good scores, I got the opportunity to be an Erasmus student and study in Istanbul at Yildiz Technical University for a semester — one of the top colleges in Turkey.
Paulo Coehlo says “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” and I agree. I once dreamt of it and it did become true, and my life was interesting and challenging there. I was always stunned by how everything worked in the college there. The systematic and organised way of processing things impressed me. There were days where I struggled in terms of food, study and understanding the language. But, without a downfall there is no fun in the hunt for achieving the best. Luckily, the subjects that I studied were of my interest and I am very grateful that I had the guidance of great professors. The day I came back to Chennai, the reality hit me hard. All I said is “I just woke up from a fantastic dream”.
My favourite subject while I was there was big data analytics. It was the most interesting and difficult three-hour class of the week. I liked the way my professor taught the class, he made sure that we all understood it very well by repeating the algorithm explanation in Turkish and in English.
If you love to learn and grow, I recommend you to go for such a programme and experience it. It is a great opportunity for students who plan to do higher studies abroad, they get to experience the study and the test their skills in advance for a semester.
Istanbul is a beautiful place. I was mesmerised by the creative landscaping everywhere in the city. It is a green and clean city. I am grateful to Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science for letting me study and experiencing the culture in a university abroad.
Madhura Joshi is currently pursuing B.Tech CSE at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science.