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When I decided to come to America, I was definitely very excited. It was going to be a new beginning, new people, new culture and a new country.
But I guess no one told me about the policy of being self-dependent or maybe independent in America.
Being born and brought up in a household full with servants, maids and drivers I did not know how to make my own food, do my laundry, make my bed or walk for miles on the road.
Not knowing all of that, I came to Boston expecting that everything will be ready for me, and I will just go to classes and be fine. But, second day of orientation they started talking about "Managing your Finances". I thought to myself, "who is supposed to do that for me here, maybe my family via Skype?"
After getting my first paycheck from my first job (ever) at the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, I didn't know how to spend it. I asked myself if I was supposed to save any of it or spend it all.
My first trip to the grocery store was around 2 hours long when I was trying to figure out the difference between different kinds of breads and butter.
I obviously burned the first meal I made for myself in my apartment. Oh yes! I lived in an apartment. I had no idea how to clean and organize my apartment. I didn't know how to organize my clothes in a tiny closet.
So many mistakes and a lot of questions on how to improve myself marked the beginning of my undergraduate career in America. But I always remembered what my mom said to me. She said, "Never, ever give up on anything in life. No matter how many times you fail, you will succeed one day".
Keeping this in mind, I started a new day as a new beginning, and learned as much as I could from the "Independent American Life". I learned to accept everything with a smile as I knew it was all for my benefit.
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.
Follow me as I blog about my experience as an international student at Simmons College in Boston.