Friday, July 26, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Alejandro Guayaquil-Sosa -Be Prepared for Your U.S. Application

1. What are some things that students from your home country should know about the U.S. application process?

It is an expensive process, in the sense of money and time. You have to plan the whole application and make sure to meet all deadlines. This, combined with completing my undergraduate studies, was tough to do. But, I was able to get it done and so can you! 

Also, after being accepted to a university, funding was difficult to get. My advice is to look not only for government support, but also for private and/or university employment (i.e. research or teaching assistantships). I was able to get funding by talking to professors. Lastly, paperwork after being accepted to the university includes, a visa application and interview, which might be the first time you face a real conversation in English. This was the case for me, so be prepared!

2. How would you finish the two following sentences?

“What I’d wish I’d known before coming to the U.S. is…” more professional experience because I had to spend one year of my graduate studies learning and better understanding how to work independently.

“What I’m glad I knew before coming to the U.S. is...” a solid undergraduate education because most of the contents of my courses were easier for me to understand, avoiding a large amount of time consumed by coursework and allowing more time to continue research projects. 

3. What are your hopes after graduation? 

After my master’s program, I hope to continue my studies as a doctoral student and working towards my overall goal of helping the global science community advance towards solutions for physics problems and developing computer science programs. After that, I would like to start a full-time job at an Information Technology company, because I would want to build expertise working in a professional environment outside of Mexico.


Hello everyone, my name is Alejandro Guayaquil-Sosa, I am a master’s student in the United States focusing on computer programming. I hold a physics degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and I like to combine my math and physics knowledge to create science tools on the computer.

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