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Karthikeyan is not a common name, and in a personal interview the first question that I asked him was if he knew the meaning of it. He was not sure, but he explained to me that this name is common in the Southern Part of India. Doing a little bit of research, I found that it means, “Son of Shiva.”
With only 21 years old, Karthy left his home country India, and moved to a foreign destination in order to have better opportunities. He comes from Chennai, and at the moment he is in Scotland completing his studies in Computer Science.
“The Scottish accent, is very different, it is very strong. At first I couldn’t even understand a word. My school education was in English. I learned how to write, but to speak is something different, it’s not an easy thing.
What gather your interest for studying computer science?
“Once I completed my school, I follow what the majority of students focus on, and that is computer science. It is very common, since you have a wider-range for job opportunities. It’s quite interesting though, I’m not a writer I’m more interesting in the science stuff, and the technical field”.
Why did you go to United Kingdom? “I took in consideration that they provide a top good education. I started my application process at the end of august, which was not an easy task, I had to apply within a year ahead”:
Taking a bit about the cultural differences he encountered he joked saying: ” It is a completely different culture and if you look at the weather is freezing, in my country I am used to 30 degrees”.
Could you tell me some difficulties that you encountered?
“Oh, first of all what was really different was eating. I do not use spoon to eat, in India you use the hands. My first experience when I noticed this was when, I went to a Christmas party, and everyone was using spoons, forks and knives, it was so different, that was my first time when I had to use this tools. Now its nice to start adapting to the culture”.
He is looking forward to improve his English skills, and gather more experience “I’m looking forward for an exchange program, maybe Holland”.
Now he is doing his first internship at Toonari Post, he claims: “I like the training, and how I’m being taught, it’s quite good fun, I’ m doing word press and Php recording.
What is the thing you like the most in U.K?
What I like is that there is no upper class, or lower class, if you go to India you can see people begging in the roadside, you can notice the class differences. If you are in India you do not afford to go to holidays. 99% they don’t know what holiday means. Holidays in India will just be the time that you enjoy with family at home.
A final message that he wanted to say was that: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard-work and learning from your failures”