America. However I survived you. The transformation was real. Real, I tell ya. From Day One till Graduation, I underwent some serious growth and change. That's what Uni's for right?
If you'd like to get a little glimpse into my final days, see this vlog here and this post that I wrote on graduation day, my very last day in America. It's been 9 months since then already? Amazing.
Anyway, I digress. America is a maze, a giant maze I tell ya. If you're coming from a smaller country, heck another country, everything is drastically different!
Here's 3 big factors you'll need to consider before your move:
1. Location. New York is not Florida and Washington DC sure is not Ferguson, Missouri. America is a continent. Your location will GREATLY influence your overall experience. If you're in New York for example, you might have access to endless resources but your cost of living may be waaay higher than if you studied in rural Minnesota and lived a pretty basic life. (No hatteration, haha!!)
2. Cost. American colleges and universities have lots of money for international students. Lots. But you'll need to qualify for scholarships that are often very very competitive. You might want to consider scholarships from your home country. Kenya has this one for athletes as well as this one called Zawadi Africa. You could also check out this site for more details on International Scholarships for Kenya (and African) students. In other words, if you can get someone else to pay your fees for you, please do. The total cost of my studies was approx. $240,000 USD. You read that right. $240,000 USD. But I got a grant from my Uni that covered most of the cost of my studies.
3. Course relevance. By this I basically mean to warn you that most courses in America are focused on America. So if you'd like to study medicine to come back and practise in Africa or South America, you're better off not coming at all. You'll be disappointed. American courses are mainly structured for mainstream US citizens so their bias is no surprise. Most undergraduate courses are foundational so if you'd really like to study a subject and course in depth, be sure to find a college/university that has a tailored course that matches your interests.
For more tips see this YouTube video here:
And now of course, a few snaps from days gone by!
Did you study/are you studying in the US? If so, where? How has your experience been?
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Love & Sunshine,