Thursday, June 6, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Megha Mirchandani - What I’d wish I’d known before coming to the U.S.

1. Coming from India and studying in the U.K., was the U.S. curriculum and teaching style different for you? What was your experience and what advice do you have for future students?

In India, students memorize concepts and exam questions expect a standard answer. In the U.K. one was required to conduct an intense amount of independent research that helps you to understand concepts and their context. However, the U.S. offers students a collaborative environment to learn and study. The courses have an interactive methodology in teaching you tough concepts. Personally, the U.S. has allowed me to leverage and build other skills in an interactive learning environment.

2. As an international student yourself, were you able to make a diverse group of friends at school? What are some ways future international students can be more involved within their school community?

Universities are a great place to build bonds and a professional network for life. One must capitalize on stepping out of their comfort zones and interacting with their colleagues. My friends are from all over the country, and my interaction with them helps me learn more about the American culture. Register for clubs such as the Entrepreneurship club, or even clubs that engage in volunteer work. These clubs are an amazing source that will help you in enhancing your learning and providing you with a holistic learning environment.

3. How would you finish the two following sentences?

What I’d wish I’d known before coming to the U.S. is…to apply in advance in order to take advantage of the amazing study abroad degree programs offered at the university. This would have given me the opportunity to travel and learn other cultures.

What I’m glad I knew before coming to the U.S. is...that courses break down into multiple tests and papers throughout the semester. It may seem daunting, but study hard and maintain a high GPA.


Hello everyone, my name is Megha Mirchandani and am a current international student from India. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health degree with a focus in Marketing & Communication at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C.

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