My life story as an international student

My life story as an international student

Do not get discouraged: International student shares her journey in the United States.

On this new article, I wanted to share with you my journey as an international student in the United States. I hope this story will give you hope and help you to know that there is always a way, even when you think there is no other 1way.

When I first came to the United States, the plan was to attend a four-year university and get my bachelor’s degree in Accounting. However, during that first year, and that first semester, things got tough financially. It got so tough that I had to transfer to a community college close by to continue my studies. It was quite a different experience, but I am glad about the years I have done there. 

As you probably know, community colleges only offer two-year programs.

Most of the students including international students who graduate from community colleges usually go on to a four-year university to complete the last two years and get their bachelor’s degree. So, I was expected to do the same. To continue to a four-year university to get my bachelor’s degree, which was fine with me.

However, money was still a problem for me. I was wondering how I could afford to go to a four-year university?

I knew then that my only option was to get a scholarship. As easy as the thought of getting a scholarship was in my mind, it was far from being easy in reality. In fact, I did not feel like I had what it takes to get selected for a scholarship. Plus, I did not know anyone who had been given a scholarship before, let alone an international student.

So, I felt like my chances of getting a scholarship as an international student was close to zero. I started losing hope.

Later on, I got to realize that I was limiting and downgrading myself for no valid reason. In fact, just because no one around me had ever gotten a scholarship did not mean I could not get one. That was so true, especially since a few months later, I received a letter from a school agreeing to give me a partial scholarship to attend the school. And here I was getting ready to go to a four-year university, which I once thought was impossible for me.

I had a similar story for my MBA. After graduating from Georgetown College, I was contemplating the idea of going for a master’s degree. However, because of the high cost of the master’s programs in the United States, I did not believe I stood a chance of attending one. Indeed, I did not know how I would be able to afford a master program. I tried asking for loans from some companies, but it was unsuccessful.

Find part-time work to help pay for school fees and other needs

Once again, I was discouraged thinking that this long dream of mine of getting my MBA in the United States will never come true. But once again I was wrong. One thing I did not realize was that there are universities such as Park University. I attend this school. They ask for relatively low fees for their master’s programs. Not only that, they offer evening programs. This allows international students to be able to work part-time in the morning throughout their studies. This kind of programs is rare, and I was fortunate enough to find one. That is how I, an international student was able to afford an MBA degree.

As an international student, I hope this article gives you hope and encourages you to never give up. Even when you think there is no way, just know that there is always a way. And that way might come to you as a surprise like it did for me. Good luck!

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