Kriti Bhargava moved to Waterford from India after securing a scholarship for a PhD at TSSG, a research group at Waterford IT.
When I was a student in Mandi in Northern India, I lived directly on campus, so my entire life took place there.
But here, I have found more independence because I live in my own apartment just a five-minute walk from Waterford town centre. I only need to take a short bus journey to travel to work.
I moved to Waterford from India in October 2014 after securing a scholarship for a PhD in Science at TSSG, a research group with Waterford Institute of Technology.
There are more opportunities here. The work environment is very motivating and there is an immense support system to help us learn and push our limits. We are also encouraged to publish our work in top-tier journals and conferences to give it an international audience. Through my research I’ve been able to travel to many different places including Boston, France, Dubai and California.
There’s a good balance between work and recreation here in Waterford. I have taken more of an interest in my fitness and joined the gym, and the monthly Tech Meetups are a good place to meet people from the industry and see how our work applies there.
Everything is approachable, especially the people. There’s a good student community and there are some great places to go out and meet friends —whether it’s to the pubs, down to the beach, or to the People’s Park, which is great for running.
I’ve visited other parts of Ireland too since moving here and while there are many great tourist attractions, as a student Waterford is where I want to be.
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