It took me almost two academic years to realize how exciting, yet knowledgeable, an experience it is to be an international student. The last two years have been very thrilling for me and not one day has passed without thinking, "Wow! My life has changed so much after coming to the United States of America, and especially to Simmons."
My name is Priyal Goyal, and I am a rising junior majoring in Computer Science and IT, with a minor in Business.
For me, coming to Simmons was a shock as well an exciting opportunity. Shock because I was going to an all women's college (I had been in an all girl's school all my life) and exciting because I was going to explore a whole new culture, different kind of people, food, education system and what not.
I was so happy while boarding my flight to Boston on August 4, 2010. In my mind, I was ready to take on all the challenges that could come my way in order to be successful in my college career. But from my heart, I was scared, and little lonely, wondering would the "American" people accept me the way I am? Will the girls of my class be friendly with me? Will they like me despite of my skin color or my Indian accent? Will I be able to adjust with the freezing weather? Will I understand my professor talking to me in "American"? Will I be able to adjust with the new culture?
So many thoughts, so many questions, but nothing could stop me from taking the opportunities to learn something new, make a new friend, broaden my thinking and spread more knowledge about myself and from where I belong.
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