Study in the U.S. – To Go or Not to Go?


One way to do this is just before falling asleep at night reflect on a difficult experience that you managed successfully and repeat a mantra with statements such as:

  • I am hardworking and smart.
  • I have succeeded in the past and will do it again.
  • I am confident and capable.
  • Am I Ready to Leave


You may have heard the phrase, “Attitude is everything.” In the case of a major life transition such as the one you are about to make, this especially rings true. Having the right attitude is the key to unlocking the adventure to be just that – an adventure – rather than a chore, an obligation, or a duty. However, some of you may be making this international relocation under duress. Maybe it wasn’t your choice to study in the U.S. and perhaps you have already decided that you are not going to buy into it or work to make it a successful venture.

I can tell you from the experience of others that this would be a huge mistake and you would only be hurting yourself. It would be a waste of time, money, and energy to let this incredible opportunity slip away.

It actually takes a lot of energy to work at being miserable all the time. It doesn’t take much to begin enjoying certain aspects of this adventure. Look for the good, the fun, and the positive in everything and soon you will find life isn’t so bad in this new place. In the U.S. it is called, “Having an attitude adjustment.”

Adjusting expectations

Sometimes people are disappointed right away when things don’t quite meet their expectations. Keep an open mind about what your experiences will be like and try not to be disappointed if things end up being very different from what you had envisioned they would be. Remember that all these experiences are serving to grow you.


Special thanks to Tina L. Quick for providing us with this article. Tina is the author of two extraordinary books dedicated to international students going to study in America: Survive and Thrive: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the U.S. and The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition.