We are mistaken about American fantasy. We simply wish to cross the border. Once you get into America, the trees of dollar are yours, every one imagines the same! If you are coming as undergraduate student you must have higher score in your English test i.e. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS). A letter by Krishna Bista
I was less than happy reading your first email that you are in a grand plan of coming to the United States. Not known what you have dreamed of accomplishing in your fairy land, but it is pretty hard for any new comer not only to adjust new culture but also to continue your study successfully. Also not seen you, but I have a strong guess that you are as charming and beautiful as Palpasa, the protagonist of Narayan Walgle’s novel Palpasa Cafe, or as Radha, the central character of Krishna Dharabashi’s novel Radha, or just nearly as appealing as Mona Lisa. I wish you would be as strong as Lady Jane and Anne Frank, two historical strong women. You are more than these ladies, Palpasa. Just kidding! I know you can be the BEST! My wishes go to you. And let me share my experience of studying in the States.
I am living in Alabama, probably the cheapest state of the United States of America. Unlike in California or New York, a bare room costs you nearly NRs. 18,900 monthly; phone bills NRs. 2,925, utilities NRs. NRs. 1,950, one kilo of cauliflower NRs. 70, a pack of leafy vegetable NRs 1,625, and college fees around NRs. 2, 27,500 per semester. I have not calculated other expenses that a student does normally in home and abroad. Without car, it also makes you feel that you are legless.
We are mistaken about American fantasy. We simply wish to cross the border. Once you get into America, the trees of dollar are yours, every one imagines the same! In deed, we grow initially into wrong dream. The bittersweet is YOU won’t believe if someone shares the real experience. Truly speaking, America makes you weep, cry, toil and churn out the energy from your lazy body, finally teaching you life long lesson of “Respect to Work”.
Do NOT come to America if you do not deserve the position. If you are coming as undergraduate student you must have higher score in your English test i.e. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS); also must have strong scores in American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Apply several colleges/universities in advance, at least a year ahead, ask and request scholarship and be the STUDENT for the university. If you are coming for graduate and doctoral studies, again try to have higher score in Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or in Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Don’t try to be Tekendra, my friend who is nurturing his American journey without any preparation. Better not to come without Teaching or Research/Graduate Assistantship. The best position in any university is to deserve any kind of scholarship or assistantship.
Anyway, we are air headed people. I have seen, felt and experienced. It is my experience of teaching TOEFL/IELTS/SAT/ACT/GRE tests classes in three and half dozen institutions in and around Putalisadak, Kathmandu that very few students, perhaps 1%, go through the real plan of abroad studies. The most stupid thing is that we happen to fall in wrong trap of butchering mushrooming educational consultancies and they suck us economically like a leech. Since we do not have a good bank balance we are obliged to see these terrible creatures of consultancies. If you have mind to work rationally and timely, stop going such places no matter you are poor. I believe everyone once is poor like that of Gandhi, Lincoln, or like my Grandpa and who not!
America is slightly somewhat better than Nepal if you are secured and financially strong. But do not grow the dream of earning and studying side by side as an international student. Once you step into America as a college/university student, off campus work is illegal and any time you are the prey of Domestic Homeland Security (DHS) and you have 100% chance to get go back to home! Remember: You are given an American number (mine is 1229226) that will be tracking you each day!
Palpasa, I have been working as a graduate assistant and continuing my studies and will come back to home in June 27 next year, on the very day of 28th birthday as I am dreaming to get nuptial knot tied.
Do not COME to the States if you have really poor plan of abroad study! Home is far better than abroad.
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>>Krishna is an Emeritus Lecturer of Tribhuvan University, RRLC and College of Applied Business,Tangal. Currently he is pursuing his Graduate Studies (MS in English), and work as Graduate Assistanship at College of Education,Troy University, USA.