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Adaptation of emigrants in the United States: the pros and cons of re-education

The author of this blog more than a year ago moved from Russia to Dallas, Texas. Now she is in college and talks about her life in America in a blog on Pikabu - including the adaptation of emigrants in the United States.

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An important clarification, the discussion in the post will go about getting a second education at a conscious age. That is, I do not consider the situation when a person has just finished school and is full of hopes, aspirations and strength to study. Also in this post we will not talk about moving on a student's visa, when they consciously prepare for admission, set up for study, invest a lot of time and money for getting a visa / exam, etc.

In these options, the study itself takes the first place, and not the need to adapt and get a new specialty / confirm the old one.

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I am now talking about adaptation, about the situation when a person comes with a liberal arts education and dubious English to the United States, say, using a green card or train for a programmer’s husband, or even moving to children at a very active age, the options may be different. Often, such an emigrant cannot immediately start working in the same specialty as in his home country, and he is still far from retirement.

In this case, of course, it is much easier to adapt to those people who do something with their own hands. A hairdresser, baker, plumber, massage therapist or driver will easily find work in a new place.

The former seller of Pyaterochka or Magnit, too, will not remain without work, the vocabulary necessary for working in the store will gradually accumulate, and in the Walmart, they look at the knowledge of the language through their fingers.

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A completely different story with those who honestly studied at the University for five years, and then long and persistently built a career in their homeland, received an education, worked in their specialty, and then - wow! And life took a sharp turn. It’s not that working as a salesperson would make the crown fall off their heads, but were all these years of work and study in vain?! It's hard to be happy when you feel out of place.

So, finding housing, buying a car and more or less adapting, a person begins to think about self-realization.

The easiest option now is, naturally, a career in the IT sphere, the salary is above average and there is no need to relearn. But what do the humanities do? Those who are not attracted to applied science, but want to build a career in an interesting field for themselves?

There is only one way out - to go to study, to master a new profession, or to confirm your education in the old field.
In college, I studied only one semester, of course, this is not enough for an exhaustive analysis, but something is striking now.

Cons re-education

1. Financial expenses

Education, unfortunately, is paid. For example, the cost of an annual college certificate, which includes six items, will cost a student from $ 900 to $ 2 700.

At the rate on 28 May 2019 of the year it turns out: 58 017 or 174 052 rubles. Such a price range due to the following:

— $150 cost of one subject for residents of the area where the college is located;
- $300 cost per item for non-residents of the area where the college is located, but Texas taxpayers;
- $450 per item - the most expensive option for out-of-state or foreigners.

Naturally, there may be more than six items, for example, I cite the number of items needed to obtain the simplest certificate in my specialty.

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Expensive? This is a subjective question. A year ago, it seemed to me that education in the United States was golden, now I am no longer so categorical. I just looked around, found out that a kindergarten here costs around $ 800 dollars a month, after which $ 900 for tuition already seems to me a completely divine option.

Of course, I am now talking exclusively about colleges, the cost of studying at universities is higher at times.

2. The second minus is the feeling that you re-enter the same river

The feeling of "back to school", homework, classmates with their cute teen problems - all this was already and it seemed a long time passed stage.

This is not even a way out, but a departure from the comfort zone.

3. A waste of time and energy

It takes a lot of time to study, which could have been completely different. When I entered the University at the age of seventeen, I felt good and calm, as if I had completely correctly solved the problem: the train arrived from point “A” to point “B” in the shortest possible time — I was good. I was not tormented by thoughts, but am I doing the right thing? Or maybe it was worth going to work or volunteer, and not learn? And whether this specialty will be demanded precisely? Etc.

4. Learning difficulties

Even in the native language to get an education is not easy, many drop out of universities without having reached the cherished diploma, and in a foreign language it is still more difficult.

Advantages of mastering a new specialty in college

1. Hope for a better future

For this, everything is being done, for the sake of the thought that now is difficult, but then there will be an interesting job and a decent salary.

2. Useful dating and connections

There are new friends who are interested in the same area as you, and professors usually do not refuse to write to the diligent student a letter of recommendation that can add extra points on employment.

3. An unexpected plus is a clear feeling that you are well done

As I was doing homework in the classroom for learning English, I didn’t even feel so close to learning as I did in college. There are no giveaways and discounts on the fact that you are a foreigner, equal conditions for all.

Summing up

Despite the fact that the number of minuses in my list exceeds the number of pluses, they qualitatively differ significantly. Hope for a better future, self-confidence and new useful skills are worth all the hardships that accompany them.

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