Life Update: College

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Just a lit­tle bit of back­ground about my col­lege situation”. How I went from de­sign school in India to back to New Delhi to the University of Twente in the Netherlands. I wrote this post in March 2017 and up­dated it in December 2017.

I grad­u­ated from high­school in April 2016 and joined the Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, af­ter work­ing at the Government of Delhi for a month. UID was an ex­cel­lent col­lege for peo­ple who want to study de­sign us­ing the fun­da­men­tals of art.

The prob­lem I faced at UID was that the first year, the Foundation, was re­ally more art and de­sign. Instead of de­sign think­ing and lan­guages and de­sign­ers, it was more about sketch­ing and paint­ing and artists. The way I think de­sign should be taught, re­ally what I feel de­sign is, was very dif­fer­ent from their phi­los­o­phy. So, af­ter two short months, I de­cided to drop out of UID. I moved back to Delhi and founded Oswald Foundation, the ac­ces­si­bil­ity tech­nol­ogy com­pany I’m lead­ing.

Oswald went on to be­come re­ally great, and it mainly started with us win­ning Startup India Rocks! 2016 and I de­cided that it’s worth­while. This January, I ap­plied to a few uni­ver­si­ties I liked just to keep my op­tions open, in case I wish to con­tinue my for­mal ed­u­ca­tion. Even though Oswald is go­ing great, I fig­ured it’s no harm in ap­ply­ing.

Accepted #

Rejected #

Footnotes #

University of Twente’s Creative Technology pro­gram is my ab­solute fa­vorite right now. If I have to choose a course, I would pick this pro­gram be­cause it’s the per­fect blend of cre­ativ­ity/​de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, and com­puter sci­ence — every­thing I love.

I did not ap­ply to study to the US, ex­cept for CCA be­cause it’s been my dream col­lege since I was in sixth grade. I re­ally loved the Interaction Design pro­gram at CCA when I was younger, but I see the par­al­lels be­tween UID and CCA in ret­ro­spect.

Update #

In August 2017, I moved to Enschede, the Netherlands, and started study­ing Creative Technology at the University of Twente.