45 Days in USA – Experience shared by Reader S from Albany College of Pharmacy, NY
I will never forget the day I left India. I knew life is going to be completely changed and I was preparing myself for it for the last 2 years.
I always knew that I am going to leave home sooner or later and was mentally ready. But, still when there came the time when I had to say final goodbye to my parents, I cried.
I don’t know why I cried. I mean, yes, I was leaving the comfort of home and my parents behind, but there were several reasons.
Firstly, I cried because my mom started crying.
Secondly, I was leaving my sweet home with every comfort provided by my dad.
Thirdly, cried at the prospect of thinking that parents will be left alone.
And some other personal issues. I had heard that everything comes with a price.
I agreed that indeed, everything comes with a price.
At the Airport
As soon as I enter IGI airport, headed towards the counter for the formalities, I looked back one last time towards my parents through the windows (and mom was still crying) .
I tried not to cry, but still I cried. However, rushed to my plane as I heard that plane is leaving in 20 minutes and I was still far from reaching the gate. With some unknown burden on conscience, I took my seat and left India and cried lot of times again on the way.
However, as soon as I landed on Newark airport, oooooooooooo mannn…. was soooo happy, can’t even explain.
Everything was so damn amazing and new for me. I could feel, it was worth the effort of going through the painstaking application procedure, visa and all that. Totally worth it. Reached Albany, met seniors, got warm welcome from college faculty.
Everyone seemed to be so damn nice here and so helping. Seniors took lot of care of us until we find the room.
For two weeks, it didn’t feel like I was away from home and was enjoying every single moment and was busy exploring new things.
However, as soon as we shifted to our apartment, things became a bit gloomy again. I mean, not in that sense.
Nothing wrong happened. But fun was gone, was feeling alone.
There was no food in the fridge, mattress had not arrived yet.
I was crying again outside home sitting on the doorsteps as soon as I saw a plane passing overhead. Wished I could catch that plane and go home instantly.
Well, cried for few moments, thought of talking to my mom but thinking that she would cry if I cried on phone, I talked to my bro instead, felt a bit light and from that moment onwards I started working things out.
I started working on my everyday schedule, started keeping myself busy, took interest in what’s happening n college, made new friends and starting enjoyed every bit of my stay here.
Its been 45 days here and have observed a lot and found out a lot of positive things here.
Right now, only negative thing I can think of is your family is not going to be here and you wont get mom-cooked food, but apart from it its been amazing experience.
I have been to NYC & Boston already, what more I can say. But yes, you feel sometimes alone. But me being a reserved kind of guy, I don’t feel lonely that much.
So, it depends upon person to person and also how much you keep yourself busy. I am looking forward to my stay in USA and trying to learn lot of things and make as much use of it as possible because everyone don’t get chance to study in USA and moreover everyone don’t have their dreams realized.
Mine did, so I am pretty thankful to god and all those who helped me to realize it. I will always miss my home, my mom and dad and my native place, panchkula where I spent 23 years of life.
I will miss it whether its my first day in US, or its been 1 year in US or even if I spent 50 years here. I will always miss it because HOME is HOME dear. Nothing can replace it. Not even USA.
Reader S – What you have described is typical. Depending on one’s social circle, things will be easy to unmanageable.
Making good friends is key to survive first few months in USA.
Students who go to USA with other close friends, feel less emotional breakdown. Also, students who never lived away form home to attend school or college will have some tough time to adjust during first few months.
You have to realize, this will pass. Once you form close group of friends, assignments and projects roll in you will get to settle down and your priorities will change. You will not have time for emotional breakdown.