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Summer update

Posted on June 6th, 2009 by Laura Herrejón

I have been working, doing an internship, and taking classes (3 this summer to be exact) and even though I am super busy and tired most of the time, I think it is a good opportunity for me to keep getting ahead in school. I am a junior now, and after this summer I will have 72 credit hours completed. I might even be able to graduate  semester earlier. I really like the fact of the freedom that I found in the Universities here in the USA, in contrast with Mexican Universities. One of the first things is that in the USA, you take general education courses your first two years and the other two are specialized in your major. This helped me because I was in a completely different major but I changed and I did not fall far behind. On the other hand, in Mexico Iwould have had to stay in the same core (for example if i was in a business major, I would only be able to change majors within the business major options).

Really take advantage of your studies, they are open doors to the future!!!! And for great things sometime we need to sacrifice the time we could have spent at home…

7 Responses to “Summer update”

  1. chopnjung Dieudonne Awandem Says:

    How does it goes?

  2. Kathryn Says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I especially like your comparison here of the differences in the university systems in the US and Mexico. Thanks for writing!

  3. Laura Herrejón Says:

    I am so glad you enjoy my blg! I know I have not written too much lately, my parents came to visit and my mom stayed for a month. But now I will write some more… definitely. It is crazy how many things are different when comparing two countries right? Where have you been? I hope my information can help you in any way…. I guess it is never bad to learn a little more? Keep posting comments I love receiving them!

  4. Kylie Says:

    My name is Kylie. I am from New Zealand and currently living in the USA as an au pair. I really want to move over here to study and maybe even live here but I don’t know how to do it as my parents wont help me out. How did you go about the money? Did you get a job? What is the best visa?
    Can you please help me out?
    My email is

    Kylie Clifford

  5. Shada Says:

    Hi there,

    I enjoyed reading some of ur blogs. I’m also a foreign student in USA. As you mentioned, the educational options are variety in almost all majors! So I have to agree with you that those options allow you to choose what you want to learn and as a result you enjoy learning not just foreced to do so and being a someone!

    In my home country, most people do not choose even their majors! They select 2 or 3 majors from the school list and the school administration will put them in any available rooms or spots! I know it sounds stupid lol.

    I’d like you to talk a little bit about the language difficulties that you faced in ur learning process please. Was there any? How did you go over them? How could you improve ur english? what worked and what did not and so on.

    Thank you and good luck.

  6. Laura Herrejón Says:

    Hello Kylie,

    For you to obtain your visa, you should go online and see the requirements given by the U.S. Embassy and try to come up with them. You can come up with the requirements yourself, unless you are under 18. If you are you will need your parents approval. And the job you can find it once you arrive to the USA. As an internatioanl student under the F-1 Visa you are allowed to work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours a week suring the semester and for 39.5 hours a week during the summer.

    Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

    Good luck!


  7. Laura Herrejón Says:

    Shada, if I may ask what country do you come from?

    I am really glad you are enjoying my blogs. isn’t it amazing that you can explore the majors and then decide? If it wasn’t for that I would have been stuck in something I would not like to have done.

    I think that what the school administration where you come from made you appreciate more whta you can do here in the States, is that right?

    Regarding my lamguage difficulties, well what could I say? Sometime I do not understand what someone is saying and I nod, or ask them again to repeat. After a while, you wil find yourself understanding everything! when I have had difficulties I go to the dictionary (if I am not in front of someone) and try to look the word and try to remember it. A way that I think would also help improve your English is reading novels in English, now I prefer reading in English than in Spanish… who would have guessed?

    Let me know if these tips helped and if I can aid you with anything else.


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