Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why Studying in the U.S. Was Important to Me

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. I made the decision to study in the U.S. because I wanted to learn outside of my home country due to the lack of opportunities it offers to hard science disciplines such as my major, physics. 
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The United States was one of the countries I applied to for my graduate studies because my current advisor at Purdue sent an offer letter searching for a graduate student around the world. Other international students should come to study in the U.S. because it is a unique experience. Not only is the United States currently one of the biggest economies, but colleges are very connected to companies too, which helps students like me with networking opportunities. Overall, networking is a social aspect that is very developed here in the U.S.

Alejandro with classmates at Purdue University

For students in my home country, it is more common to interact with people who have similar customs, beliefs, point of views or interests. However, as an international student, one learns to interact with all kinds of people, from all over the world, while helping to establish social connections.

However, applying to U.S. universities 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! 

Alejandro at Purdue University
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! 

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.


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