Coming to the States for College
Since our last article was all about going to university overseas, we decided to go with the European side of it — coming to America for an education. The United States offers a unique background to not only learn from the academic world, but the culture around the college. You can even take roadtrips across the country if that’s what you ultimately wanted to do. Why? The United States is open between states, so you don’t need any special passes to check things out.
You’ll find that a lot of your classmates are going to be curious, but ultimately respectful. If you know English, you will do quite well because you’ll be in good company of course. A lot of university students are now learning other languages, so don’t be surprised if they try to speak a little bit of your language as well.
Fitting into university life is easy — get active and stay that way. You will not have a very good time if you don’t do this, because it will mean that you’re missing something very critical that everyone else is getting. They’re getting the chance to be social and build a networking group within each other. If you really do want to get work in the US after you graduate, you might want to make sure that you can look into getting the best network possible with other American students. They can usually help you get into jobs that might be locked to you if you don’t have the right connections.
It’s not all about building a business network — you nee dot make sure that you take time to have fun as well. If you plan to go back to your home country ion breaks, make sure that you have enough money set aside to do that. Depending on what time of the year that you’re trying to travel, flights can be very expensive.
There’s no need to feel homesick, though. Even if you can’t go home, new technologies like Skype make it easier for you to really feel like you’re back home again among family and friends. Also, if you’re on Facebook or Twitter you can always check in when you feel like it.
Don’t feel like you have to rush through the process of selecting a school. There’s always going to be a school out there waiting for you, as long as you want to go to university eventually. Focus on getting into a school that’s going to support the things that you’re interested in. That’s really the best way to go!