Former Client & University of Texas at Austin Student shares her Experience with Nirali Advisory
Updated: Sep 17
Undergrad- University of Texas at Austin
Role - Student ,Aero Space Engineering
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahijuthani/
Mahi is a former client.
Check out her and her family's experience in working with Nirali Advisory.
Mahi Juthani -
"The whole package of college applications and essays was a daunting task for me. I didn’t know where to begin or how to format my essays.
Nirali helped me immensely! She really cares about her clients and took the time to understand my needs. She has an uncanny ability to pick up on exactly what made me unique. Her suggestions really made my essays reach their full potential, flow more naturally, and become more powerful. She also helped me emphasize my strengths on my application and helped me clearly format and organize my resume"
Vaishali Juthani (Parent) :
"This is a special mention for Nirali who helped me with the undergraduate application process for my daughter in the capacity of a counselor.
Everything from brainstorming with the child( one of the most difficult things in the entire process) to helping my daughter streamline her thoughts, helping her identify her strengths and weaknesses, selection of colleges, getting in touch with friends and students there, weighing the pros and cons of each and understanding what she wants to do and providing appropriate guidance. She was very creative with polishing Mahi's essays and SOP too.
Nirali has been a constant support since the start of the journey until the applications were sent, sometimes beyond normal working hours. Always available on the phone or email, she was very easily approachable. My daughter got into the college of her choice in the US and she starts this August. We all know her to be a very positive person but the effect she had on my child was mentionable. Mahi said that just being with Nirali makes me feel so good and so positive about myself. She thrived in Nirali's company and I can't be thankful enough to her. I'm currently also using her guidance for my son Ansh.
She is a good mentor and I strongly recommend her and am really happy ♥🥰"
Interview Begins Here:
"My main problem when writing SOPs was that I was writing with a mindset of "what do the evaluators want to read
Whereas I should've been writing just about me as a person since that is what they want to see.
Nirali helped me a lot in this aspect."
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your Educational and Professional Background? Which college, company, and role did you work in to get you where you are today?
2. What was your undergraduate Major? What prompted you towards it?
My undergraduate major is aerospace engineering. I've always been fascinated by space and physics so putting the two together aerospace engineering was the best option.
3. Why did you choose that particular course in this particular university/college for your studies abroad?
I chose the University of Texas at Austin because they had a broad range of majors I could choose from. It was a renowned university as well as the location and weather helped. I knew I wanted to go to college in a city and Austin was a good choice for one.
4. Any particular advice you would like to give for the application process from SOP Writing to Academic GPA to other things which you thought were important that helped you get into that course at that university?
I think my main problem when writing SOPs was that I was writing with a mindset of "what do the evaluators want to read" whereas I should've been writing just about me as a person since that is what they want to see. Nirali helped me a lot in this aspect.
5. Were you satisfied with your choice of university? What is your most and least favorite thing about the university experience?
I am very satisfied with my choice of university! Texan pride is definitely a thing! My favorite thing about the University experience is the lifelong friends you make and the inspiring professors and classes.
My least favorite thing is probably the school-life balance. When you're living on/near campus is very easy to blur those boundaries and sometimes during the final season it can get very stressful.
6. Tell us something about the faculty and resources which were there on campus.
UT Austin has some of the best faculty and Professors in Texas. The tutoring resources available on campus are very helpful for when you're stuck and they're free for students. So they are definitely worth checking those out!
7. Tell us about your journey from the first semester to the last both academically and non-academically? What was campus life like? What were the extracurricular activities on campus?
Definitely took me a while to get used to the heavy course load from college all while juggling a social life.
Academically, over the semesters you definitely learn time management and working smartly.
Socially, it takes a lot of effort at first but putting yourself out there and saying yes to most things is totally worth it in the long run! I didn't join any clubs my first semester but I wish I had because they're so much fun and you meet so many like-minded people.
8. What did you learn and what were your most dear experiences? Any suggestions or recommendations for freshers starting out?
I definitely learned time management and living independently but I think my most dear experiences are just times I spent with my friends whether that's going for a hike together or even just studying till 3 am in the library and ordering a pizza.
I would suggest to people just starting out that value social life a lot because it builds your character but find ways to integrate social life with your academics as that is what you're there for.
A lot of people I know slack off during their first semester thinking it's going to be easy and then regret it later when they have to work twice as hard to catch up. And definitely try to get as many A's during the first semester and year since classes only get harder and those A's will help your overall GPA a lot in the long run.
9. How is the quality of education compared to Indian institutes? What were the gaps in both systems? How did you manage to cope?
I think Indian education and American education value different things in students.
The Indian education system is very theory-based and is focused on giving you all the knowledge. American education systems care more about giving you the tools to solve the problems you might encounter in your career.
In terms of more objective stuff, Indian grading is based on just exams whereas American grading systems depend on the professors. So usually, they'll grade you on a culmination of your homework, assignments, papers, and exams. I think my main issue was the amount of homework on a daily basis but I soon got used to it. You just need to be flexible and open to changes in your education and grading system.
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