As part of our microscholarship program we asked current international students what advice would they give to others who are interested in studying in the United States.
Perseverance Sani from Nigeria studying at the Murray State University is the latest winner of our microscholarship this spring. We award $100 microscholarships to students who write short essays answering questions we ask.
For this microscholarship, the topic was What advice would you give to other students who are interested in studying in the United States?
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Read Perseverance’s winning essay below:
Mark Twain an American Author and Humorist said ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.’ Therefore it is better to do the things you want to do now and enjoy it rather than not doing it at all. Before I came to the United States to study I heard a lot of stories both good and bad, which influenced my idea of what America was, but I came nevertheless. when I came over here it was really mind blowing, in the sense that it was not what I was expected at all. I saw a completely different perspective and I realized that everyone experiences a different aspect of America when they come over here. So a while after getting here I decided that I was going to open a new slate and erase all the stories and things I heard before coming and start afresh. I was glad that I came over and I planned to enjoy it to the fullest.
I started meeting new friends and making so many new connections, my new friends and I would study together, eat together, go to the gym and events planned by our university together, we have and plan on visiting so many different cities and fun places. We are basically one big family. They ask me questions about my country and our traditions and culture; you will be amazed at the amount of sleepless nights we have just sitting and talking about our different cultures and ways we do things differently in our countries. We cook different meals from our countries and share among ourselves, our weekends consist of studying, hanging out and getting to know each other better.
Those of our friends who have gone back to their home countries always call us on Skype and we keep in touch. To me that’s the whole point “keeping in touch even after everyone has returned back to their various homes,” they still remember all the things they learnt here and all the memories they made. So if you are interested in coming to study in the United States, my advice to you is “Do it” you honestly will not be disappointed, if you come with the idea that you are going to have a life changing experience, you will definitely enjoy you stay here. You probably can tell that I am having a great time, I do have some bad days but my good days outshine those bad days.
I love the way Alyson Blech (A graduate from St Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa) explained Mark Twain’s quote she said “ Take a chance. If you want to do something, make time for it and don’t push it aside. You may never get a chance to do it again, and you don’t want to have any regrets after a once in a lifetime experience like studying abroad. Even if the experience isn’t what you expected, at least you can say you tried it.”
It is better to try and fail and to not try at all. I promise it will make a huge difference in your life, not only will it put you at an advantage when you go back to your home country but you will have experienced and learned different ways of solving situations, and your thinking process will completely change for the best. It is a whole different world over here, with so much diversity and so much to learn from both professors and your fellow college students.