By: Yunxin (Jessica) Hu
Student Ambassador, Hofstra University
I chose to complete my Master’s degree in the U.S. because students receive many great opportunities and enjoy the independence to study what they like. It is never boring in the U.S., so I learn more than just my school work. I also meet new people through volunteer work and networking.
Freedom to Choose
In my first semester at school, I knew I wanted my M.B.A. but was undecided about my specialty. My school encourages students to gain some basic knowledge, and then make a decision. I chose to specialize in accounting. Students here have more freedom to choose the study program that suits them.
The best thing about studying in the U.S. is that you will never feel bored here, especially if you choose a university located in a big city like New York. I always find a lot of interesting things to do in my free time. I went to a cake baking class and baked my own pretty little macaroons. I took a painting class at a studio when I wanted to enjoy a peaceful and quiet environment to clear my mind. If you prefer some extreme sports, there are places to do target practice, car racing, and even sky diving. There are interesting activities happening every day.
The other thing I like in the U.S is that you can easily join a volunteer group and offer your help to the people who need it most. I’ve worked with volunteer group for about one year now, and visited three primary schools, one nursing home, one animal shelter, and have distributed food to three food pantries. I really enjoy helping people and every time I have served people from my home country, I feel even happier and a little bit proud. For some Chinese immigrants, English is very difficult, and no one but me, a Chinese student, can fully understand what they truly need. That gives you a wonderful feeling.
You could also find some volunteer jobs that relate to your major and allow you to practice what you have learned in school. I volunteered to offer income tax assistance this year, which extended my knowledge in tax accounting. Also, doing volunteer jobs provides you with a great opportunity to network.
Speaking of networking, I personally think networking is the key to finding a job. If you want to find a job in the U.S right after your graduation, you should start networking right now! Even if you are not an outgoing person, you should try to overcome that or just pretend you are outgoing. Like one of my friends always says: “Don’t be shy! Just try!”
Last, hope you have a great journey and a colorful life in the U.S.A.