Computer Science Major from India Simplifies Check-In for Residential Services
As a Global Ambassador, he also helps other international students adjust to life at Kent State
Bhaskar Thadisetty is an international student completing his Master of Science in Computer Science and is expected to graduate in May of 2016 with a 4.0 GPA. Bhaskar came to the United States by himself from India, where he received a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science in 2010. He is from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. Before returning to his educational career, Bhaskar was a Systems Analyst for Convergys IM Ltd., India. His role at the company was a Lead Developer and Point of Contact for the Web Self Care Product. He then found out about Kent State through websites and chose to attend after extensive research.
During his time here at Kent State, Bhaskar took on a position as Graduate Assistant. He is an Android Developer for Residential Services and developed a Check-In Mobile application. Every year around 6,000 new students check in to residential dorms at Kent State University and for each student the total check in time is around eight minutes. To shorten check-in time, Bhaskar created the application to improve this process through the use of a card reader. Now, the desk staff can use a student ID card and key card to swipe and check in the student. With the application, students can sign directly on the application and verify their details, reducing the total check-in time from eight minutes to one minute for each student. For his contribution to the Check-In Mobile application, Bhaskar was awarded the Graduate Assistantship Award.
Aside from his educational successes, Bhaskar has found his time at Kent very personally rewarding. Initially, Bhaskar admits to being lonely but found that if was extremely easy to adapt to the American way of life. The cultural and language differences were his main challenges here at Kent State although he knew English fairly well before coming. He grew to love the American culture and said that the people of Kent State were his favorite part of being here. Bhaskar states, “Everyone here has been so friendly. The Office of Global Education has been truly great and extremely helpful.” He has seen a real presence of diversity here at Kent and found that it was easy to practice his own culture and religion. The hardest part about studying at Kent State for Bhaskar is being apart from his family.
To assist new international students in adjusting to life at Kent State, Bhaskar joined the Global Ambassador program. He is passionate about helping others and hopes that others can enjoy their time here at Kent State as much as he does. After earning his Master of Science in Computer Science, Bhaskar hopes to work for an American company, gaining global experience. He then plans on returning to India and implementing all that he has learned while in the United States.
Bhaskar (second from left) and friends share a selfie prior to the start of class.
View more of Bhaskar's – as well as several other international students' – impressions of Kent State in a recent video from the Office of Global Education.