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Life as a Student in USA: What No One Tells you!

Life as a Student in USA

As a prospective student to USA, you are happy, excited and just a little bit apprehensive about what life will be like in the country that will be your home for the next few years. You have pored over guidebooks, asked the uncle down the street who has a son living there and have browsed the university websites to get an idea of what life will be like over there, and though the guide books provide excellent information on the city you are living in, we are today going to provide tidbits of information that has slipped through the cracks of most guidebooks and which is guaranteed to make you feel like a seasoned local even before you get there.

  • The footpaths or sidewalks there are wider than some of the streets here. And what is more, many of them even have an adjacent track for cyclists
  • Almost everybody is out running or cycling no matter what the weather. If you head out from your dorm in the early hours you are likely to encounter groups of enthusiastic joggers or cyclists in full gear. In fact, you will find many of your professors and co-students preferring to take their cycles to class in favor of their cars.
  • Pedestrians have right of way. This is one traffic rule that will take a little getting used to whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist. If you are driving a car, you should stop for every pedestrian coming your way. No whizzing past him, and asking him, Do you want to die? like we do in India, and if you are a pedestrian then try not to look too awestruck to see traffic coming to a standstill just for you
  • Roads are generally emptier than Indian roads, and traffic is never bumper to bumper. In USA they follow the rule, where you need to be able to see the wheels of the car in front of you. So it may be a little surprising to see what seems like a vast distance between you and the car in front of you. Do not try to cover the distance unless you want to be pulled up for traffic violations
  • Traffic jams are a rarity and honking is a strict no- no. People seldom honk on the streets except to protest against a mistake by another motorist that may jeopardize their own safety.

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  • Most people are addressed on first name basis regardless of age or seniority. A person who you just met, who is much elder to you would be Mr. and on getting to know him better you would probably be called to ask him by his first name and not uncle. No one is called uncle and aunty unless they are actual relations. Your professors too are never called as sir, but Professor
  • You are greeted by friendly people everywhere, whether it is out on your morning run or at the coffee shop you will be pleasantly surprised to find that utter strangers will greet you with a warm smile and a polite nod of their heads
  • It is customary to keep some distance between yourself and the person in front of you when waiting in a line. The Americans are generally very protective of their personal space and become uncomfortable if a stranger is standing too close. It is respectful of their customs to maintain an arm's length between yourself and the person in front of you
  • Spring time is when the whole of USA congregates in droves on university grounds. Most universities in America have cherry trees which blossom in spring. The beauty of these trees in full blossom is an attraction that brings families and groups of people alike to the university grounds so that the campus begins to represent one large picnic.
  • And finally, you are allowed to be you in USA. The USA is one of the places where you will be judged on your talents and merits alone and not on the basis of your ideology, your religion or any other matter
The USA is a great place to study in. If you are on your way to study in USA, congratulations, you are on your way to garnering some of the most profound experiences of your life, and if you are desirous of studying in USA, and are looking for guidance then get in touch with Global Tree, the most trusted overseas consultant in India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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