America.. America.. America… I was crazy abt America since childhood as my Uncle (Mama Ji) is doing the job in Atlanta from last 12 years. Finally, I got a chance to visit my dream country in 3rd year of Engg. Believe me, it was more than what I was thinking. We were 19 students from our college, sadly one of my close friend didn’t get a visa for some reasons. It was an educational trip and primary purpose was to visit a few renowned universities and famous places like the statue of liberty. But our purpose was to live Americans life for a few days. Though we learnt a lot from this trip, but the moments I spent with my friends were amazing. We have lifetime memories of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington. I want to discuss what I earned from this 10 days American trip.
I always had a lot of queries about study and job in America, now I would say I have all my answers. Now I can say India is not bad at all, but yes there are lot more opportunities and a higher salary package in the US. Americans are doers not just thinkers. I have seen this difference when we had conversation wid students of Harvard and MIT. They are not smart than Punjabis :), but they are very clear with their goals and not dependent on college only (like we always 🙂 ). They are involved in many outside projects and doing part-time assignments for earning. We also got the chance to understand the job scenario after studies and which short term/long term courses are beneficial to do. Now at least we can make a decision about whether we should go there or not.
My all friends were excited when we got our first Visa and started shopping from very next day. It was like a dream come true and started packing one month before :). I remember I bought new Rayban shades from Chandigarh and few new T-shirts. Finally, the day came when we had to catch air India flight from New Delhi. We reached 4 hours before flight time and here our journey began. We all were well dressed as it was our first international experience. When we saw New York from the plane, it was like a dream city.. awesome… We all had a great time together and enjoyed delicious American food. I can’t forget these 10 days with my friends in america..
10 Years Tourist Visa
It was our luck that we got 10 years multiple entry visa. It all depends on reason you give during your interview in the embassy, generally they give 3 months to 6 months visa, but we got 10 years visa. Though I m doing higher education in India only, but we can fly America anytime for any reason. My friends suggested me to start some business whr I can visit America for client meetings and all, but I will plan after higher studies…
Life long relationship with few American friends
Apart from our learning and enjoyment, we also established life long relations with few people like our hotel manager, laundry boy, our guide, MIT students, Harvard students, 2 beautiful girls we met in Washington and few more people. Americans are very helpful and not very rude. They also want friendship and love Indian culture. We were surprised when our guide said namastey and talked abt Amitabh Bachan, Sachin Tendulkar, etc. We usually talk on facebook and whatsapp now…