Here’s examples of some decisions that you would have to make in your life such decisions :
- Should I become an Engineer or Doctor?
- Should I study in India or U.S.A or Ireland?
- Should I go to university in California or Kansas?
- Should I eat at home or in a restaurant today?
Do you see a varying degree of impact on your life based on the decisions you make in the above list of questions?
Life changing decision are tough to make, but you will be at point in your life, where you have to make such decisions.
This article was inspired a reader called Ganesh. He sent me the following email with list of questions before he an make a decision to study abroad. He is looking for answers before he can decide if studying in USA or any foreign country is a good option.
Questions were edited for clarity.
Should l Study in a Foreign Country?
I am finally slowly deciding what do next with my life. I’m planning on doing MS or MBA, as of now I have no clue but I hope I find it out by end of this month.. Better Late than never right?
But I have numerous unanswered questions:
- How to study / prepare for this task?
- How can an Common Indian become an International Student?
- What are the processes necessary/required for an Indian to become an International Student?
- Are there any center which helps us deciding the university?
- I know the scholarship in USA is a chance of Millions but what about Ireland, Russia or Europe?
- Does Having a degree outside the USA has the same value as getting a Graduate Degree from USA?
- Are there any chances that they accept a student with low score for their program?
- Do the Universities provide the treatment unbiased and unprejudiced?
- Do we need to prepare for additional courses or have any ideas on the culture there?
- Is speaking the same language necessary for the remainder of my stay in the country?
- What are the chances that a guy like me with no idea, don’t have a slightest clue where to start to be ready can make it to the top level?
- Does my going to this further education will be a burden on my parents, even if I get full scholarship?
- What is it like to be an International student among people from other countries?
- What is like to be a different from everybody?
- Is it true that we have a good Body Mass Index to get into this college?
- I read somewhere in a online article or somewhere & I quote-“Being a International Student is like being a new guy in the prison, you gotta have to join a group for detail and stuff”–Is that true?
- Well I finally have a big stake question : What should I choose to study : M.S. or M.B.A?
I’m really in the cross road and any suggestion or help or guideline would be received happily and seriously.
P.S. Thanks for reading this lengthy mail, I hope I didn’t waste your time. Post this on the blog or anywhere but please help me out. I have to decide to act and this is the good time.
So, that’s the set of questions that came from Ganesh.
I’m really happy to see an student from India asking these set of questions about his career, life and higher education in a foreign country.
Here’s why :
There is a difference between asking the questions and concerns you have via a written letter form than having those nagging questions within yourself without seeking answers.
The level of thinking and maturity about the future is perfectly reflected in the email.
How many o f you have such list of clearly defined set of questions and crisp answers when you are making a life changing decision like, studying in USA if any foreign country?.
Most often, the decisions are made in a group setting with parents, grand parents, aunt’s and uncles in a room talking about the options.
But, even then major focus will be :
- Will you be able to live in a foreign country?
- Do we have enough money to send you abroad?
- What about safety?
- What is the job guarantee after studying abroad?
- How long would it take to pay the loan?
- What happens if you don’t get a job after spending so much money for education ( sometimes involves selling properties to pay for education)
But, I’m glad someone is asking questions, that go way beyond what a regular student would ask.
There are 17 questions to answer.
I’m going to let the readers of answer them.
When you answer the question, it will be useful if you can post the question and then answer. So, folks don’t have to move back and forth.