Thanks to Srinivas for sending this blog post. He talks about his experience and life in US during his first month away from India and life as an International student. Previously he shared his F1 Visa Interview Experience at Chennai Consulate.
I would appreciate if new Fall 2010 students can send similar experiences and share with other fellow HSB Fans.
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I thought I would share something with you. This is not to humiliate either the Indian way of living or the American’s way. I have just shared what I have seen and felt after coming here.
To start with, I had to learn the following equivalent words in USA vs India
- Program – Degree
- Course – Subjects
- Period – Full stop/Dot
- Gas/Gasoline – Petrol
- Basement – Ground Floor
- Ground Floor – First Floor and so on.
- Pavement – Footpath
- Soda – Soft drinks
- Readymade Chappati – Tortillas
- Bogie – Coach
- Coriander leaves – Cilantro (I’m trying to get all the diff names for our cooking items; maybe in the next post)
They dont use talcum powder. They dont use hair oil, they use hair cream. They dont use cloth towels, they use towel napkins.
Even their way of reading a mathematical eqn is different
(For eg: My Prof says thaa say dable you, which means theta suffix w; Another Prof says, negative two times four over L, which means minus two into four divided by L)
They always go by their last name where we would go for our first name back in India. For record purposes, the first thing they ask you is your “Mother’s Name” not as in India where we are asked for our “Father’s name”. [ Surname Mismatch: Passport vs Marksheets, Certificates]
Most Americans just know, if you do this, you’ll get the results. And if something pops up apart from their job description, the first thing they say is I don’t know! I have no idea what it is or what to do! But seriously, I’m not offending them, I’m just telling you what I have seen and felt so far.
Cars: The cars here have just P,R,N,D. Parking gear, Reverse gear, Neutral gear and Driving gear. No gear system as in India. They are more concerned with power not mileage. All the engines have 6 to 8 cylinders not 4 as India. Man! I can feel G-Force even inside a car. That car was a BMW X5 – an SUV model. And you know what, we can have anything in the number plate of our car. I saw a number plate reading only “Muruga” and no numbers, here in Rolla 🙂
Here, we find cars and flights in abundance for public transportation. In India, we have two wheelers in abundance.
Traffic Rules: They follow road rules genuinely. They prefer pedestrians to their driving. They smile and wish when we come in face with theirs. Days are longer and I guess, thats what make them work longer and harder. And in turn, they celebrate each weekend. When you meet someone during Thursday / Friday they say Have a great weekend!
Here, consumer’s enjoy a decent quality of products even at a normal price. But in India, for a good quality product we have to pay more. The same goes for the customer service too.
To be Continued [ difficult situations faced, about apartments, roommates, …)