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USA is considered one of the best locations to pursue higher education by students from across the world. The country attracts the highest number of international students every year. The reason is simple: they have the best colleges in the best environment with the best educational system in the world. According to the QS World University Ranking 2014, USA has 6 out of top 10 universities in the world. They have the top engineering colleges, the best business schools and the most advanced research facilities in the world.
Studying in USA is entirely different than studying in any other country. The economic boom and the technological advancement has resulted in a fast paced life where people always live on the edge.
Very often, students who go abroad to study, especially in USA, are not aware of what kind of life they will experience there. Following are some things which define college life in the USA.
Diversity is the most defining trait of colleges in USA. 16% of international students come to USA for their higher studies. Campuses of universities and colleges in USA are filled with students of all ethnicities, communities and countries. This diversity is also one of the greatest strengths of American colleges as it gives its students an exposure to different cultures, traditions and languages.
- Extracurricular activities
All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. This proverb has been taken to heart by the students in American universities. Extracurricular activities including sports, clubs and other events are a major part of living in an American university campus. Students are very enthusiastic about sports and rivalries in sporting events are legendary. The social life is also very alluring and offers a lot of opportunities to network.
- Exciting (and exhausting) coursework
Well, you missed the next part of the proverb. ‘All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.’ As thrilling the extracurricular activities are in US colleges, the academic coursework and essay writing are similarly taxing. In order to succeed, there is no option but to work hard, complete all assignments on time and do all the readings assigned by the professors. However, the studies are also quite exciting and the professors are experts in their own fields, which means that you get to study under the best people. (These funny GIFs will amuse you: 10 Things Each Freshman Faced in College)
- Incredible facilities
USA and its universities seriously believe in providing the best to their students. From classrooms and laboratories to play grounds and dormitories, everything is state of the art. The technological advancement of USA is clearly visible in the infrastructural facilities in its colleges.
- Infectious freedom
You get to be your own boss with your own freedom and your own responsibilities. Professors won’t punish you for not doing study related work, they will simply show it in your grades. So, you will get to experience a new kind of freedom along with the responsibilities it brings.
- Amazing opportunities
Even before you get your head crowned by that famous academic cap in the graduation ceremony, you will get numerous opportunities to find a job. Universities in America have separate departments that groom and train students on how to search and find jobs and also help them in placements.
The best part is that American colleges offer a wide range of courses so that students can explore varied career options. Students can even take more than one major and pursue the career of their dreams.
About the author:
Jessie Agarwal is a passionate blogger and journalist. She writes articles on various topics such as Education, gadgets, travels…etc. As of now she is focusing on Univariety, which provides career counselling for college students. The organization also helps school students in career exploration and planning.