By Qingcheng Huang, the OISS 2012 Summer Intern
Qingcheng: Could you give us a brief introduction of yourself?
Kaveh: I am Kaveh Rashidi Ghadi, 25 years old, Master of Science in Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich Switzerland. I did my bachelor's of science in Industrial Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology in 2009.
Q: So why did you choose Yale and your current course?
K: I had several economics courses in both my bachelor's and master's programs but most of them focused on macro/micro issues, decision making, and policy making. I wanted to have a course which considered these issues at the same time at a global level. The program offered by Yale was actually designed for this purpose and this motivated me to choose Yale!
Q: What do you think about Yale? Like the campus, the dorm, and the courses... What's the most obvious difference between Yale and your home university?
K: Yale is one of the top universities in the world and I am really glad to have had the experience of studying here. The campus, dorms and libraries were great and well beyond my expectations. This university provides the highest quality services to their students. The culture at Yale is so different from the ETH culture. I think the quality of my experience here is much higher.
Q: How do you usually spend a day in Yale Summer Session (YSS)?
K: Well... depends on the day, but normally I work on my studies in the Bass libary, writing some review papers and then I like doing sport at the Yale fitness center.
Q: What do you plan to do after the your Yale program? Will you take a tour in U.S. or will you head back home directly? If you have a tour plan, could you share a bit with us?
K: During my stay in U.S. I visited five states. This seemed to be enough for the moment. I will go the Canada and then I will start writing my thesis.
Q: What was the happiest moment you experienced during your stay at Yale? And are there any difficulties you met?
K: The UN trip and the lunch after at the Yale Club in New York was the highlight of my time here at Yale. Also, mingling with the other students from various partner institutions made my stay at Yale a memorable one. As far as difficulties are concerned, my program was just a tad too intensive. Overall, it was a great experience to be able to learn from the best though.
Q: Do you have any advice for other international students at Yale?
K: Make the best of the present opportunity and seize the moment. You are studying at the most prestigious university!