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US: +1 651-246-8988 | INDIA: +91 080 41234927 | WHATSAPP: +91 6366 834954
Hello!  I am Minnu and I am the University Counselor at The IKC. Every week, I will be writing a little piece called “Minnu’s Minute” that will give you my perspective or experience about one aspect of applying to college or attending university in the U.S.! When I was 18 I decided to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in the United States. It was the best decision I made – this week, let me tell you the top 5 reasons why!
One!  Most U.S. universities require you to take classes outside your major/ specialization.  This can help you in several ways. You might discover a subject that you have a passion for and you would choose to take more courses in it. In addition, you will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students in other disciplines and other countries!  For example, I was in my “Women in the Third World” class with 20 students including an economics major from Bulgaria, a math major from South Korea, and a physics major from Bangladesh; the course led by a Filipino professor. Imagine their backgrounds and their world views. Now just imagine the intense debates and conversations we had! It is hard to imagine, isn’t it? If you study abroad, you may experience it for yourself!  You will have the opportunity to acquire the soft skills to learn, write, present and work in a team with diverse groups of people so that when you graduate, you will be well equipped to work for the competitive, globalized corporate environment.
Two!  Say you are interested in art and biology. Or , perhaps, you really want to learn about psychology; however, you also want to start your own business and therefore should major in business. If you study in the U.S., you will have the opportunity to study both subjects at the same time! Double majoring could be strenuous, however, college is the best platform for you to gain the knowledge in the exact areas that you want!
Three!  As an undergraduate student, I had an opportunity to research on understanding the economic impact of teenage pregnancy on the US economy.  You might be able to get such an opportunity too! You might even receive a grant to make a documentary on studying the lives of the indigenous population of Laos.  In fact, many universities in the U.S. have incredible opportunities for research in the undergraduate level that you could be a part of.  Maybe you will be experimenting with an Apple’s newest product. Maybe you will create a human soldier or explore brain reconstruction. The possibilities are honestly endless!
Four!  U.S. universities believe that one of the best ways to learn is by putting theories into practice and many require students to hold at least one internship during their four years. During these hands on experiences, you will be able to explore the work field and find out what you would like to do after you graduate.
Five!  A significant amount of the learning happens outside the classroom! You will have opportunities to be part of  clubs and organizations. You could start a club or an organization. You could go trekking on the Alps for the summer with your French friends. You could take a cooking class in Spain through your short term travel courses. You will have the opportunity to start new things, explore new activities and develop yourself into a holistic person strongly prepared for the globalized world.
Do I need to give you more reasons as to why you should study abroad? If so, email me at minnu@myikc.com or call me at 080 41234927!

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