What to wear for an interview

Dress to impress – What to wear for an interview

Yes! You cracked that coding interview round and you rocked the phone…

Yes! You cracked that coding interview round and you rocked the phone screening and now you received an onsite interview call. Nothing more thrilling than receiving that onsite interview invite. One of the the most important thing (and also one of the most neglected thing) for the onsite interview is the dress code. Once you get the interview invite, most of us (nerdy engineers) dig ourselves in to books and preparation that we do not think about what to wear until the last second. Specially the new grad students tend to grab the only piece of “formal” clothing and rush to the interview. Where as what you wear actually reflects your personality. I totally agree what and how much you know is what ultimately matters while receiving a job offer. But what you wear plays a vital role as well. If you are dressed smart your confidences boosts to the next level and that affects positively towards your interview. I am also coming from the same place and have gone through the same dilemma of  – ‘whether is it ok to wear a jeans to the interview or no?’ ‘Does it really matter what I wear?’ ‘I am good as long as I answer everything, right?’. And have ended up dressing up too much or dressing too odd. Which ultimately resulted into wearing a n awkward expression on the face instead of the confidence. So, here are things that I have learnt by listening to advice from seniors, coming from my own experience and little bit of research.

International travel

International travel hacks

As much as I love going back home to India or for…

As much as I love going back home to India or for that matter as much as I love traveling, thinking of 15-20 hours of flight journey gives me a tiny panic attack. Not able to sleep on planes, constantly changing temperatures and pressures, small congested seats, connecting flights fiascos, long and boring layovers and unavoidable jet lags – oh god! But I have learnt some tricks to survive through these and here are my few hacks for your next long international travel.

Before you go on a trip

Before you go on trips while studying abroad

There was a time in my initial days as a student here…

There was a time in my initial days as a student here in USA when I used to say no to every trip I was asked to join, thinking first – I am here on a loan, my dad is paying for my expenses so, I must save every penny and should not splurge on outings, and second – if I go out it will affect my studies. If I stay at same place same environment every day it really stresses me out. I can not study, read and do assignments continuously everyday of the year. I am sure that is practically impossible for anyone really. So, soon enough I changed my mind and found ways to manage trips on a really affordable budget and balance studies as well. I mean it would have been shame to miss on all those amazing California beaches and long drives. I understood that the break is essential. It is essential to clear your mind and start fresh. Monotonous way of life can really bog you down. I think small trips during education actually fuel your progress. They not only refresh your mind but also help to make your friendship bond stronger and add to your experiences.

No matter which city you are in, if you are a student and thinking that I should wait until I complete my education and then I will start exploring – stop!. This is the time, you never know what future may bring. So, please please never miss on opportunities. Plan your trips while you are a student, and I promise you those trips will create perfect memories for you that you will want to re-live these moments again and again.

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Exam time Upma

When it comes to cooking, I am, well what can I say…

When it comes to cooking, I am, well what can I say – lazy, bored, unenthusiastic, indifferent, blah blah person ever. Two years back if you would have asked me for simple chai, you would have got nothing. But destiny teaches you. Now I am able to feed myself, not with junk, but with healthy self-cooked food. I still don’t enjoy cooking as much. But I have taught myself taking care of me. And cooking and eating good is part of it.

Upma is one of those recipes – for lazy ones. Its easy, quick, tasty and healthy. I think its perfect for students. Specially during exams when you don’t have much time for cooking, but you can not eat outside, still need to fill your belly to keep you engine going. So, this month I thought to share my upma recipe with you all.

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How do you commute?

Being in a same city for twenty four years can really give…

Being in a same city for twenty four years can really give you freaks when you shift to a new city. But we are not talking about new city, its about whole new country on your own! I was totally scared to go out in the fear of getting lost in my starting days here. And slowly I discovered power of different apps which made confident that some way or the other I will get back home safe and sound. It is very handy to know different commute options when you are in USA. Some places like New York, Chicago etc have excellent public transport while in California commute through public transport can be a real trouble. (30 mins drive can end up being 2 hours and more journey as you will have to change couple of buses and bus routes would be longest possible ones!). Knowing different commute option can be really efficient. So, I am sharing all the ways of commute and finding ways that I have been using since in USA. These commute options have saved me through many situations – different interview calls, airport travels, commute to internships and job places and even grocery shoppings. So here goes my guide to efficient commute.

Five must have Money Managing Apps for International Students in USA

Since I moved to USA some phone apps and websites have become…

Since I moved to USA some phone apps and websites have become an integral part of my life. When you come here, most probably you will end up knowing about these through friends anyways and would start using these regularly like me. Or may be you have not discovered these yet and then my efforts of writing about them would be worthwhile ! Anyways, I thought I should list out how money is “managed” here. When I say here, I mean I never had to use these apps when I was in India. Managing money amongst friends was play of good understanding. (“Aaj maine bhara kal tu bharle”). And some plus and minus, here and there was never an issue back then. But as soon as you put your foot on the land of States, you inevitably become that different person who always count shares. Specially when you come here as a student, every penny counts. Be it grocery shopping, rent, restaurant shares, outings or toilet tissues, you would want to divide everything equally. After all you are spending in dollars which means one dollar equals 65 something rupees which is a lot! (I know how hard it is to come out of “the conversion phase” in student life). Moreover, you would want to keep tab on your spendings (lets be honest which we never had to do back in India).
So, here are my top five apps/ websites for managing my money.

First Medical Experience and January 2017 Round-up

In one of her latest blogs, Kate La Vie talks about this…

In one of her latest blogs, Kate La Vie talks about this tweet which says January was a ‘free month trial’ and February should be considered a s a New Year. Seriously, I do not understand how it is February already. I feel like I have not seen January at all and its gone nothing as planned.

The start of this year has been something else for me. Like everyone else, I had super killer plans for the new year and the new start. I was never that resolution kind of girl. But for the first time in so many years I had few resolutions and few plans. Which did not include fifteen solid days of fever and pain and sickness. I never get seriously ill. But this January was one with too many “firsts”. First doctor visit in United States of America, first flu (which turned out to be false diagnosis), first kidney problem, first IV (which is Intravenous Therapy – Indian translation Saline). Yeah! Pretty much went through hell. But, going through these I  learnt few things. I learnt a bit more about American medical system, got familiar with how my medical insurance actually works. So, I thought why not share little of what I went through.

My ten ways to deal with homesickness

Oddly enough for California, it is been raining so much this year.…

Oddly enough for California, it is been raining so much this year. With this rains and cold the inevitable sickness is spreading. It is “that” season. I was sick, very sick. I am still recovering. And this is the time I badly badly want to be home, to be around my family. I even miss the convenience of “family doctor” in India. Whenever you are feeling ill, just call them, talk to them like you personally know them and they will talk back the same, visit them the same day, even visit unannounced and they will happily see you, consult and give you medicines. Convenience. The medical system in U.S.A. is trying my patience. Every part of my body wants to run home right now. and I have already cried over it. But I am ok now, I have started working again and catching up with my schedule slowly. These two years have trained me very well to come out of that feeling of “wanting to run back home”.
So here are my top ten ways for an international student to fight homesickness.

Fruit Salad with Custard

Fruit Salad with Custard

Fruit salad with custard is my ultimate comfort food. It is delicious…

Fruit salad with custard is my ultimate comfort food. It is delicious and is defiantly healthier than other Indian sweets. It is super easy and quick to make, you don’t need ultimate cooking expertise and you don’t need tons of complex ingredients. Moreover it is fun to make with your friends. I literally make it once or twice a month and never get fed up of it. Since we can experiment with seasonal fruits, it tastes different every time. Let’s see how I made this classic indian fruit dessert.

Comfortable bedding set-up for a student on a budget

Once you are set with your university, your place to stay and…

Once you are set with your university, your place to stay and your roommates, next thing to look forward to is setting your bedroom/ dorm room. You will either be living on-campus in a dormitory or you may end up living off-campus. Mostly international master students tend to live off-campus and they share apartments. Living off-campus and sharing apartments and sharing rooms is more affordable than on-campus.