Studying abroad is not for everyone. It is for those who are adventurous, who have an open-mind and who are willing to try new things. You may not like everything you try, but you must explore. You must leave your assumptions and biases behind. You must be curious. You must be willing to observe and learn. And you must know that many faculty, staff, and students in the U.S genuinely want you to succeed!
Many international students miss out on the benefits of studying in the U.S because they are eager to stay “close to their own.” In other words, they will hang out only with students from their own country, speak in their home language, if possible, eat at local restaurants that serve their food, and watch movies in their language, to name a few. I highly encourage you not to build a “mini” version of your home country on a U.S. campus. Instead, teach others about your culture and be willing to learn from others.
The purpose of study abroad is to expand one’s mind!
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment company.