When students are in their 3rd year of engineering (undergrad) studies, there will likely be someone who will bring up the topics of GRE, TOEFL and master’s degree in a U.S. university.
And it all depends on the college and the exposure among the students how seniors will ultimately decide that determine how many student from a college will be pursuing master’s studies in the U.S.
When a few are talking about U.S. universities, I’m sure some students will not even think about that option, considering their family situation.
Or maybe because they could have assumed that it’s highly impossible to study in a U.S. university, or maybe because of the cost involved in the process.
If you are reading this, then I’m pretty sure you should have crossed that phase of thinking, but still have you have reached the U.S., it’s still not certain.
I knew a few who decided not to study after completing GRE, TOEFL, getting LOR, transcripts, etc.
Also, I have seen a few who came to U.S. universities with the decision of going back to their native country after completing a graduate degree.
However, majority have opted to stay here and found a job.
This is the first question that will come to one’s mind, when a student is in the deciding phase. Also, that question still lingers until they book the flight ticket to travel to a U.S. university.
The dilemma is more among the students who already have a job through campus placement.
But this decision is very easy for students who are already working and have decided to study after gaining about 1-2 years’ experience.
Maybe because of their financial situation or maybe they still had that inner push to study for another 2 years that some came to study after getting frustrated with their job environment.
With increasing awareness of social media sites like Orkut, FaceBook, MySpace, Digg, etc., students have more exposure to find information directly from current students.
Here is a list of questions commonly asked by students to current students when deciding on a university to apply or to attend:
- Can I get aid?
- Can I get Part time job, if so how much will it pay?
- This is my profile, can I get admission with scholarship?
- What is the cost of living in the USA?
- What specialization shall I study, so I can get job after earning master’s degree?
But there are so many other question students don’t ask, and there are so many other things which are more important when deciding universities to apply that they are not aware of.
If you are able read all or most of the articles in this blog, I’m sure you will learn so many things.
I put myself in students’ mind when I write these articles. When I started typing this article, the original intent was “Can I get a job after my M.S.?” but I ended up writing about the decision making process.