15 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make Right Now If You Want to Study in the US

We asked all our bloggers to share the one New Year’s resolution someone should make if they want to study in the U.S.  Submitted humbly in the hope that it will help you achieve your goals, here is their list of 15 resolutions you can make for 2012:

Creative commons photo by Flickr user Chapendra
Resolution #1: Make a calendar. (Creative commons photo by Flickr user Chapendra)

1. Get a calendar and mark all the deadlines for applications and exams.  Keep it on hand. (Anna)

2. Start a list of colleges that give financial aid to international students. (Simba)

» Here’s some information to get you started…

3. Watch as many TV shows as possible – you can learn lots of English from them and have something to talk about with Americans. But please do not overdo it, since some reality shows are not very brilliant. (Tara)

» Some tips from Nick on learning English through pop culture

4. Relearn your math courses whether you like it or not, because we are required to take math again in college. (Ryan)

5. Work hard on your writing.  Guys, this is the most challenging thing you will face when you start going to school.  No matter how good you think you are in speaking English, writing is totally another story. (Mohammed)

6. Set yourself a fixed date to finish your entire application process. (Sebastian)

» EducationUSA suggests that this date should be 6-12 months ahead of when you plan to begin your studies

7. Learn more about the history of your country and why current affairs are evolving the way they are.  You will be surprised by how much more some students will know about your country than you do. (Senzeni)

8. Keep in contact with some American friends to know more about American values and cross-cultural communication skills. (Dandan)

9. Learn how to cook your favorite meal.  Even if your own native or ethnic food is available where you study, there’s nothing like a home-cooked local dish to impress your American and international student friends. (Nareg)

George Washington University students line up for dumplings, noodles, tofu, and other delicious food.
Sharing food from home with other students. These are George Washington University students eating dumplings, noodles, tofu, and food prepared by Asian students.

10. Get in touch with former classmates and other friends who are in the U.S. Use them as a resource to ask questions on whatever you are curious about. (Abhushan)

11. Check out VOA’s Student Union and other publications on what it’s like to be an international student in the U.S. (Nareg)

Editor’s note: Aw shucks! Thanks Nareg

12. When you’ve decided what university you are going to, try and find some contacts there (people from your own country or future classmates).  It’s an opportunity to learn more about the part of the country you will be living in and might even be a chance to find roommates. (Olena)

13. Join Facebook groups of the college you’ll be going to, and try to make as many new friends as possible.  When I reached college, I was already familiar with almost 30% of the students because we were Skype and Facebook friends. (Abhushan)

14. If you are coming to Minnesota especially, or any northern state, don’t forget to buy a winter coat, gloves and a winter hat.  It’s FREEZING COLD here. (Mohammed)

Cars and houses buried under the snow
Cars and houses buried under the snow in Kansas (Feb. 2011)

15. How about a New Year’s resolution to finish THIS year’s resolutions?  Let’s be honest – who here has completed all of their 2011 resolutions? (Alex)

What New Year’s resolutions will you be making for 2012?

One comment

  1. There are great students who opt USA for higher studies from Sri Lanka. Such students do have a pure intention of completing studies, and certainly have the support from parents through out the period. It is highly important that they are tested well in the visa interview in terms of purpose, what they intend to do and why they have chosen the particular stream for higher studies (most importantly who USA). This will enable the Consular office to ensure if the student really deserves the visa or not.. Even more time is taken to complete an interview is still worth provided the correct student get the opportunity to enter US for higher studies and the wrong students are not in that luck of getting a visa by chance.. It is not only millions of bank balance that matters of a student coming for a visa interview.. What matters is the purpose and if they can afford it. After all parents in Asian culture could even sell themselves to provide a globally accepted education to their children if they know their child is capable.. (rich or poor should not make sense in evaluating a student at a visa interview. Affordability and how competent the student are what highly matters to make the universe a better place because US education stands in number 01 in standards and it should be received by deserving students who have innocent dreams to be in an exceptional profession and has the competency to be so..)

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