Doc Seidman Says….
…..An American education is a dream for many people, and as such students around the world spend a lot of time and resources trying to study for entry exams and making impressive applications that will catch the eye of recruiters. However, before you decide to submit that application, I thought I should highlight some advantages and disadvantages of studying in the United States. Here we go…is it worth it? You decide!
- World class Education.
Studying in the United States gives you that once in a life time opportunity to learn from the best in the business. American colleges and Universities hire people who are exceptional in their fields to teach their students. In addition to this, they have excellent exchange programs with Universities worldwide as well as visiting professors to enrich their students’ learning experience.
- Top of the cream colleges.
By studying in the United States, you make the world your classroom. You will be challenged to think outside the box. Most of these colleges require their students to undertake extensive cutting- edge research which is usually published in journals- you have probably heard some politicians on Capitol Hill referring to a thesis they wrote in college, right?!
- Worldwide recognition.
Most colleges in the United States are accredited by different governing bodies around the world. Before giving an accreditation, these governing bodies place the college under a lot of scrutiny to ensure that certain standards are met and that the quality of education is not compromised. Therefore, studying from a college in the United States that is accredited means that your degree and certificates will be recognized world over.
- Scholarship Opportunities.
The United States grants students from different parts of the world scholarships (both full and part) based on both academic excellence as well as non- academic achievements such as outstanding sportsmanship, one’s contribution to their community and other factors such as minority groups.
The United States is a melting pot of cultures and yes, you too will be catered for. The colleges here have people from all kinds of cultures and backgrounds and you will quickly learn to appreciate everyone. This will broaden your mind and help you develop in ways you never thought possible!
You will encounter some disadvantages in living your home country to go and study in a distant land such as the United States, but do not despair- you are not alone neither are you the first nor the last!
- Home sickness.
After your excitement of moving to a new country and city has worn off, it will dawn on you that you do not have your friends and family with you. You will miss them terribly. However, you will slowly adjust and learn to settle in.
- Cultural shock.
The United States is a country with very cosmopolitan cities and its approach to life will shock many especially if you are from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The United States advocates for individual rights and heavily defends them, a thing which differs from those that come from communal based parts of the world. Be open minded and you will succeed.
- Communication problems.
While studying in the United States, you will encounter people with different accents and ways of expressing themselves. It may take you time to get used to certain expressions but this is normal for everyone moving into a new environment. The other thing that you may need to consider is that you may have to spend money on the services of a proof reader for your assignments especially if your grammar is not that good.