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5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Send my Son to Study Undergraduate Degree in USA

Would you send your son or daughter to study Undergraduate degree in USA?

That’s the dilemma, this parent is having with his son.

I was having this discussion with a parent and following was his response.

I have an opportunity, should I send him to US for undergrad Mechanical Engineering course or not?

According to me Here are the pros and cons of sending my son to study undergraduate degree in USA.

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Pros :  Studying Undergraduate in USA

  1. Much better facilities and infrastructure than IIT’s or similar Indian Institutes
  2. Studies in IIT are overwhelming and a lot competitive and strenuous as compared to US.
  3. Theory backed with good amount of lab experience.
  4. Opportunity to work on live projects under Professors.
  5. Opportunity to network with industry user Co-Op programs.
  6. Chance to study in top universities in the world.
  7. Chance to study from highly experienced faculty.
  8. Good exposure to international culture which is important in today’s global economy.
  9. Learn and appreciate to work in diverse teams which will be helpful in employment.
  10. In Undergraduate degree they will get more time at young age to acclimatize with the new culture
  11. Good networking opportunities with fellow students.
  12. Can spend good 10 years in US, gain education and experience and then can come back at age of 28/29 which is good age to for a start-up in India.

Cons :  Studying Undergraduate in USA

  1. May not handle the culture shock at young/immature age.
  2. May get burnt up early and may not pursue further studies in US.
  3. Very costly compared to IIT’s or similar Indian colleges.
  4. Will have stay too far from family for a long time.
  5. Could get “americanized” and forget Indian culture and values.

That’s a wonderful analysis. Right?

I’m glad someone did this.

First I have to appreciate him for do such analysis.

Second, each and every parent who is sending their son or daughter to USA, goes through this tough decision-making process.

Here’s a problem with the above analysis :

See how the there is a career plan for his son from Undergraduate degree in USA, working in USA for 10 years, then coming back to India to start a company.

I haven’t seen anything that talks about this son’s interest.

  • The Good : Parents actively involving in kids education and career
  • The Bad : I can see only the parents’ dream in this journey
  • The Ugly : I don’t see anything about kid’s interest towards education, field or career.

Parents should stop assuming about what their kids want to study and assist them then forcing them.

Give them exposure to all the possible fields. Be it art, sports, science, math, commerce, etc.

Again, I’m having this argument based on the what I read in the above conversation.

Remember this?

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With so many Engineering Colleges in India, it’s bounds to happen.

Plus, I have seen parents who wanted their son or daughter to study Electrical Engineering, but expecting campus placement job in Software company as a software developer?

Why would someone do that?

If in case the IT job market goes down, they can find a job in Electrical Engineering Field.

I’m completely against that approach. If you want to become a software engineer, then get degree to become a software engineer?

If you are having a hear surgery, would you want a Heart Surgeon with some 10 years of education and several years of experience to do the surgery or someone who wend to Dental school but took 3 months courses about heart surgery?

Summary :

All the pros and cons you have listed is great.

I would strongly recommend sending your son to USA for undergraduate degree.

I’m sure he’s going to have a blast here from education, experience, network and develop skills to build a start-up. He come even end-up starting a company here in USA.

Watch the video interviews I did with students here in USA. You can see how they are surviving here and how they adapted.

It’s easy to survive here. I understand your concern as a parents, but you have let your son go free to explore the world.

You will be glad you made the decision to send you son to USA after few years.