Studying in America and Canada


Some of you may find the above assessment process too quantitative for what you perceive to be a qualitative situation. Well, we have another approach for you. Create the list of criteria that are relevant to you, and assign pros and cons to each element, as shown in Table 2C. Then make a qualitative judgment for your decision.

Table 2C. An Illustrative Example for Qualitative Assessment for Whether You Should Study in America or Canada

Decision Criteria Element



Cost of Education

High but low to none if I secure full financial assistance

Unacceptable without full financial assistance

Financial Benefits

Extremely high if I stay in America or Canada, and

high if I return to India


Quality of Education

Universally well regarded


Fit with Goals, Ambitions and Interests

Very high because I really want to go to America or Canada

May not be able to attend the best school possible, because of the need for financial assistance

Potential risks

Low even if I return to India

No risk if I get to live in America or Canada

Personal Enrichment

Exciting and fulfilling


Leaving Family


Painful, especially because I won’t be able to see them for a couple of years

Love of Motherland


Feels like I am turning my back to the country I truly love

Additional Responsibilities of Cooking, Cleaning, Laundry, and so on


Who needs this? This will be a pain


Extremely desirable

I can deal with these


As you can see, you can make a systematic decision using objective criteria, regardless of whether the assessment is quantitative or qualitative. We recognize that most of you would not bother with such detailed analysis, and would instead instinctively decide that you should go. The power of the myth – the riches to be acquired by studying in America or Canada – is very strong. We hope that the preceding discussion at least helps you either confirm or deny your belief in the myth.

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