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How to Avoid Mistakes When You Study In USA

If you are a student who has got the coveted admission and student visa to study in the USA, or even if you are aspiring to fly to the states soon, to attend one of the prestigious universities, you should definitely have knowledge about what mistakes you need to avoid. Studying in the USA can be one of the best memories of your lifetime. It is important to not wreck that experience by making a few common mistakes. Read on to find out what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.

Mistakes to Avoid When You Study In USA


1. Go on a Drinking Binge

Drinking is an accepted part of the American student culture in universities, and often you will find groups of students heading out to bars during the weekends. The freedom of being away from your parent's home, being over the legal age for drinking, and the easy access to alcohol is a heady mix that most Indian students seem unable to resist. There have been numerous cases where students have had one too many when out for drinks with friends and have put themselves in situations ranging from personally embarrassing to legally consequential. It would be a sorry state of affairs if you are arrested for drunk driving after all the trouble you took to come this far.

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2. Play Hard Party Harder

You have struggled through your SATs, GRE, TOEFL, and whatnot. You have spent hours slogging on your SOP and applications and finally are here at your Dream university to study in the USA. You deserve to relax finally. After all, it's just your first year, right? Wrong! Many students make the mistake of treating their first year of college in the USA as a gap year, where all they do is play sports, attend a few mandatory classes, and party all night. The American culture is what they are all after! But neglecting your studies can see your grades to slide in a bad way. We recommend chalking out a calendar at the beginning of each week to plan out your study times.

3. Not Making Friends with Diverse People

One of the best advantages for students, who study in the USA, is that they get to meet and interact with people from different nationalities and ethnicities. However, a few students make the mistake of getting to know and interacting with only people from their own countries or their own language. Many Indians prefer to make friends or room with Indians only, thus missing out on a wonderful cultural experience this great nation has to offer.

4. Spending Too Much Time on Social Media

Browsing long hours on social media, especially to scroll through your friend s feedback home, may seem relaxing to you, but before you realize many hours will pass away. Hours that could have been spent studying or interacting with the people in the real world around you. We would advise you to keep time limits on yourself for the time you spend on social media.

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5. Not Taking Care of Your Safety

The USA is one of the safest countries in the world for international students. However, no country is without its share of crime. It is important to keep a close watch on your surrounding as well as your belongings when you go out. If you are venturing out of your campus, it s best to go as part of a group, for the initial few months at least.

For more such tips, reach out to our Study in USA Education Counselors

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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