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If you’ve started thinking about studying in US, you’ve probably talked with your parents about it. I hope soo..heee..That makes sense. It’s an important decision and it’s important to involve your parents.

But are you getting frustrated with what your parents are saying about US university?

If your parents are sounding a bit like a broken record, take a look at the top 12 things that parents say about college – and take heart that you’re not alone.

1. We can’t afford it. We have to take loan from SBI/IOB

This is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. US education is expensive – more so than ever. But scholarships, loans and other forms of financial aid are available to help subsidize the out-of-parent-pocket costs. Research your financial options early and calm your parents down.

2. Have you completed your applications?

While the US application process is daunting, getting a start on the first application is half the battle. The others will mainly be repeating information for other universities. Our advice to you is to start with the SOP – it’s usually the most time-consuming part.

3. When I went to college…

Your parents may want to share stories of their good ol’ college days. They’re probably both excited and scared about you leaving home,especially if you are an Indian girl from orthodox family, so be easy on them. When they break into one of their stories, just smile. After all, freedom (lol..) is only months away! No need to worry them now.

4. What do you want to study?

While university planning may be easier if you know what you want to study, you don’t have to choose a major right away. If you don’t know your major, it’s okay. If you’re undecided complete your application and once enrolled in university, you’ll be able to get a feel for what you like.

Of course, if you want to do Ph.D, your parents may have a point.

5. Do you really want to live so far away from home?

Your parents are sad to see you go. Try to be sensitive to their feelings and instead of launching into a tirade of reasons why living away would be so much better than staying home, just let them know you love them and you know they’re there for you.Tell them you will be calling them everyday through skype and there is not much to worry.

6. Can you study & live on your own?

The college transition isn’t only about taking on a heftier workload; it’s also probably your first time living away from your home country right!. When it comes to your parents worrying about your college transition, with new culture and habits just use this old tip: remind them that they’ve prepared you well (lol..heee)

7. Have you looked at Tuition fees of schools you’re applying to?

Once the knee-jerk reaction about college costs is over, some parents may try to steer you toward basing your entire college decision on cost. Look at both state and private schools to get an idea about expenses. (You’ve already done your financial aid research, right?) Our advice: find a school that has programs you’re interested in and also offers the best financial package to you.

8. Don’t put your hopes into one University.

Your parents may be right about this one. College admissions are more competitive than ever. If you and your parents disagree about what is a “sure thing” in the college admissions process, get an outside opinion from a counselor. Be optimistic, but be realistic. Chances are, there’s more than one “perfect school” for you!

9.Get good grades in University !

You’ve been hearing this one for a while, huh? Well, pretty soon your parents won’t be around to remind you – and you’ll have more schoolwork than ever. Procrastination 101 is not a lesson you want to learn the hard way. Our advice (and your parents) is: stay on top of your schoolwork!

10. Don’t come here with an American Girl…(hee..tell me honestly didn’t your parents tell you this?)

Although your parents are happy that you are going to US for higher education and that will improve their society status,there’s always a little hinch in their heart if you will be taking a wrong decision when it comes to selecting your life partner.Your parents might just throw this between conversation.If they did just smile.You may never know (heeeee….)

11.Don’t get into trouble in your university..

Although they know you are grown up with best education and have good attitude (of course all parents thinks about their kids like that right?),there might be reason they are worried on this. You are not closer to them for them to help you in case of emergency. So tell them “you know me right. Iam a good kid mom”( hee….)

12. You’re going to miss us more than you think.

You may be surprised just how much you miss the comforts of home. You’ll have to wait and see how you come down on this one – only your university life will prove your parents right or wrong.

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