USA: Hardships of International students

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Many students leave their homeland behind and travel to the USA to pursue higher education. Many students, when they first arrive in the USA, have painted this rosy picture of and with opportunities. They have this huge expectation of landing a high-paying job after the completion of their education. What they never picture is the reverse effect, that it is possible that the grass is not greener on the other side.

Many students who have opted to go to USA for further studies have cited the difficulties of life in the country. Most people struggle with home-sickness. Being so far away from home is a daunting experience and may require a lot of getting used to. Also, life in USA might be very different from that back home and some may struggle to fit in.

You require a lot of emotional intelligence in order to survive here. You are pushed to jump out of your comfort zone. All difficult situations you encounter will be solved by your sheer determination alone because you are on your own. There is no family or friend at hand to help you out.

Lifestyle in USA is such that people value their independence and privacy more than human companionship. They lead a fast paced life and may not have time to sit back and help you out. Hence, you will have to be very mature in order to handle life there. You will have to accept the fact that people will not talk to you unless they have some business with you.

Many international students in the USA consider taking up part-time job in order to their bear the expenses and lighten the pressure on their pockets. But finding a part-time job is not easy, and surviving one is even more daunting as you may require to work at a job that is not related to your field of study. And if you happen to be working as a receptionist, barista or waitress, then you may have to deal with all sorts of difficult people, even rude ones from time to time.

If you imagine to get paid in three figures for your part-time job, then you may have to rethink. Because a part time job is simply that, a part time job. It cannot replace a full-time job or the pay, in that case. You will be able to cover your daily expenses but not your tuition fees.

Another difficulty is the internships. Companies in the USA have cut down the internships and prefer local candidates over international students. Same applies to jobs. Finding job as an international student is not as easy as it sounds in the movies or your day dreams. The effect of recession has affected every country and the USA is no exception to it. Hence, the government holds first responsibility towards its citizens, the effects of which can be seen in the job market.

But as the saying goes, “Every coin has two sides.” Not everything is as bad as it sounds. Job seekers face difficulties in their own country as well. But if you are a hard working, agile and technically sound in your field, there is no one stopping you from achieving your dreams because, every difficulty gives you the push to be a better you, to improve and thereby, shine.