“So, here you are, too foreign for home, too foreign for here, never enough for both.”
Having moved from a small city in the North-Eastern region of India to the University of Texas for my undergraduate education, I’ve often related to this saying. Moving to a new country has made me more independent and pushed me to dream bigger. I am now a graduating senior, and through my time here, UT has been a microcosm of the real world to me. Yet, I am acutely aware that my experiences as an international student are different from experiences of American students.
I have often wondered about how being in a new country has influenced my life. My friends from a variety of countries talk about difficulties of living far away from their families and their struggles to do well in school. These personal experiences led me to want to explore international students’ experiences via a theoretical perspective as part of my psychology honors thesis. Through my study, I am hoping to understand how moving to a new culture influences one’s growth and shapes one’s life.
You are invited to participate in this two-part online study. The first part will be administered now (link below) and the second part will be emailed to you after a few months from now. The survey is short and will ask you questions relating to your experiences as an international student. After completion of the second part of the study, all participants will be entered into a drawing for a 50$ Amazon gift card. By participating in this study, you will be contributing to our efforts toward gaining insight into how to improve the undergraduate student experience for international students.
I will value and appreciate your contribution to my study.
Please click here if you would like to participate in the first part of this study.