Date and Time: August 29th 2:15 pm
Location: Boston Logan Airport, Terminal C
It was a windy afternoon, and I was rushing to the uber that I booked using the free wi-fi that they provide in the airport as my phone battery is almost dead. Somehow, I reached the car as the driver was about to cancel my ride. He was very nice and helped me get my bags into the car. I boarded the car and I started pondering in my bag keeping head down. Then the driver asked, is it your first time in Boston? I didn’t hear him properly, as I was checking my bag for the passport and i-20. Noticing all the documents to be present in the bag and realizing he was talking to me, I started answering the drivers question with a sigh of relief – “yeah man! this is my first time.” Slowly .. I raised my head … to have the biggest shock of my life. I am in a new world. I am not exaggerating even one bit. It took me 10 hard minutes to get back to what I am into. I have never seen a building taller than 10 floors in my life till then. I can see the prudential tower at a very near distance, I was seeing all the people walking on the paved roads catching up with their busy lives. The best thing I noticed was trees still surviving in a busy business street. I was going next through the TD garden which I used to watch on TV as a kid. And then came my destination, the apartment I am going to live in for the next one year at least.
Date and Time: September 3rd 8:30 am
Location: An apartment in Back Bay
I woke up to the sound of my phone ringing and saw that my parents were trying to reach me for the past 2 hours. They called me to find out if I am having a good diet and to know if got habituated to the weather. They had a reason to worry, because they always have spoon fed their child and their son doesn’t even know how to do the dishes, nor does he know what to do with the vegetables. Tears rolled out of my eyes, when I suddenly realized that I am 9000 miles far from home, all on my own.
Date and Time: September 5th 10:00 am
Location: ISEC building
I had to attend the department specific orientation and I was very eager to know how things unfold, because I am completely new to this academic experience. It is there I have met Lee Makowski. He is the head of the department. He explained how things run here and eligibility criteria for graduation. After the orientation was over, he invited us to a personal doubt session in a room located in the 1st floor of ISEC. I was already friends with some of my batch mates, and to my surprise I found out my head of the department sitting in a room and answering each and every naïve question people came up with. He is the busiest person in the whole building, but still he is sitting there for us.
After reading all the 3 incidents I faced, I think you would have already figured out what I intend to say. The United States of America is a great place to live. Here in Boston, you see a lot of new things each day, you will feel a lot of new things during your graduate school days. You will like this new way of organized life. Is the tuition fee worth it? It definitely is. Northeastern doesn’t make you to study through a fixed curriculum; they ask you to choose what you want to study. It has a wide range of electives to choose from. Our department provided me to choose electives from mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, nanomaterials, chemical engineering & chemistry departments for completing my elective credits. Apart from the college, you will also become a new man, you will learn how to interact with new people as Northeastern University has always been open to both domestic and international students. You will become independent. Above all you will have a very great experience here.