"My Journey to the USA" by Praveen Bhukya
"We know little of who we were, only something of who we are, and nothing of who we may be. I am constantly striving hard towards strengthening everything I do NOW, by continuously learning from my past, and continuously preparing for my future".
"I am Praveen Bhukya, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Los Angeles, California. I also completed my master’s from one of my favorites, Touro College Graduate School of Technology.
I must say from the bottom of my heart that Touro College gave me a sense of fulfilment and a feel of completion. The faculty here are the best. I would like to give a special mention to Mrs. Natalya who is the WMM assistant program director. She helped me understand the master’s program and guided me through it all.
My life is like a roller coaster ride, nothing came easy and nothing came through fortune. It was all through my hard work and immense commitment to pursue my passions. Being a computer science graduate from India, my passion for fashion technology has made me pursue a fashion technology management program from the India’s top rank National Institute of Fashion Technology. Post-graduation, I worked with India’s leading leather accessories company. A sense of incompleteness made me convince my parents and my wife to leave India to pursue my graduation at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
I stepped into USA in September of 2016, with the dream of making my mark in the world fashion technology industry, and make my parents, my love and my son who was just an year old when I left, to be proud of my endeavors. I strived hard, I gave my best and I graduated from FIDM with the top rank. Post-FIDM, I worked as the production manager in a firm based out of NYC.
Still, a sense of void in my career was bothering me, I felt I needed to give more emphasis on technology. I had to, once again, convince my parents and my wife this time with my 2 little kids, to allow me to join the Master of Art in Web and Multimedia Design Program at Touro College Graduate School of Technology.
I joined Touro in September of 2018. The college has truly given me the sense of belongingness, I worked hard and tried my best to achieve one of the top ranks in my courses. While studying at Touro GST, I started working as a web designing and later as an e-commerce merchandiser to an e-commerce manager.
I graduated from Touro June of 2020, a year of a pandemic that my generation has never seen and wouldn’t like to see ever again. I am happy that Touro gave me the sense of completeness and my journey with Touro will be remembered forever.
I am waiting for the day where I reach my country with the sense of pride. I am waiting for the day where my family doesn’t repent on me being away at the most memorable and precious time of my/their life. I am waiting for the day where my two sons feel proud of my achievements.
Thanks for everything Touro!" - Praveen Bhukya