• Road to US

    Step by Step guide to Higher Studies-US

    Choose a country  If your CGPA is 3.7 and above, it becomes really easy to choose a country. Australia, Canada only needs high GPA and you won’t even need GRE most of the times. But you will need a score of 6.5 and above in IELTS. If your CGPA is lower, USA is the best bet. MS/PH.D. This can be really stressful to choose between MS/ Ph.D. Not everyone is up for dedicating their life to research but its hard to get a fund with MS. IELTS/TOEFL IELTS can be taken for any countries. People tend to take TOEFL when it comes to the USA. But IELTS or TOEFL both works…

  • Life as an international

    5 books that changed my perspective of life

    Big Magic The book I keep by my bed side stand! Thats how much I love this book!  I love Liz Gilbert. She is an amazing writer. In this book, she walks us through why we should be fearless when it comes to our creative living. If you want to write, you want to sing, you want to dance, you should exactly do that. You shouldn’t be afraid of anything or anyone. You can keep your full-time job and grow your creativity.  This book gave me the courage to publish my first book.  The Tao of Pooh A wonderful spiritual journey! I was absolutely in a devastated stage when I…

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    How I learned to deal with depression!

    We all have a home position like a robot. After a certain activity, we always tend to go back to that position. Home position can come with different criteria – happy, sad, angry, envy, fear. Our brain is accustomed to that specific emotions that we always go back to. My home position was sadness – extreme sadness, in a word – depression.  After joining my dream job, it took me a month to find out how unbelievably perfect this job is for me. Everything was going perfectly until it was not. I got back to my home position after about three months. I was the only international individual in my company.…

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    A story of an international student : Getting a dream job or watching pigs fly!

    I came to the USA to pursue my Ph.D. My session started from 2015 January. At the end of my third semester, May 2016, I suddenly got to know, my professor is leaving the University. (He had his reasons, politics was involved, I am not going to give the details here). He had been my mentor, he guided me through every way. The news of him leaving, devastated me and at that point, I was not even thinking about my funding. However, being a good TA, other professors liked me and wanted to fund me for my Ph.D. But I couldn’t think of pursuing my Ph.D. without my supervisor. I…

  • Road to US

    How I got 333 replies back from professors

    When I get asked about emailing professors, the most common question I get is – “Can you tell me something about the email format?”. While email format is very important, there are other important factors too. The professors will actually have to open your email to read it. And when they are getting 100s of emails in a day, you will have to add something extra to have their attention. Think of your email as a book. You have to attract your readers to pick up the book from the shelf to let them know whats inside. Now, if you have a very dull book cover, it does not really…

  • Life as an international

    What is your purpose?

    Remember the essay we used to write ‘aim in life’? Our parents were more busy getting us to write the perfect essay for a better grade than to learn the inner meaning. When anyone opens or finds an organization, they come up with the vision and mission for the company. On my internship, I remember how on the very first day the company taught us about their vision and mission. Even when we are interviewing, they ask us – where do you see yourself in next 5 years? We were all probably taught to answer that question such as ‘I want to see myself in a managerial position’. While that…

  • Road to US

    How I managed full funding from 4 universities in 2 months

    It was one of those hot summer days. I was working as a lecturer at a private university. I was done with my classes in the first half of the day. But I had to wait for 4 hours before my company car picked me up. So I sat down in the department office looking at my Facebook page. Recently I started following a page “Higher Study Abroad – HSA” and there was this post by a guy- how he managed funding at one of the universities in USA with a low GRE score and low CGPA (below 3.0/4.0). He accumulated a list of around 200 universities and the professors…