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Why did I decide to study in the U.S.?

When I was a kid, my parents did their best to give me the best education available in my city. So, they sign me in at Colegio Nuevo Mundo, Samborondon - Ecuador. It's a bilingual catholic and with an American focus school. Growing up with moral values and developing my English would be the skill that will open me the door to the world.

After completing high school and getting my diploma, I decided to join the university next to my school, in this case, UEES. The main reason was to pursue my dream career and get a dual diploma in English and Spanish. After five years of school and one more year for completing my thesis dissertation, I got my bachelor's in Business Management.

By the summer of 2013, we visited my cousin Marita in Chicago. My dad said, "you should start looking for a university over here because I want to sponsor you to get a master's degree in the United States." Everything made sense because after learning the language for so many years, moving to an English-speaking country would be the best choice.

If I could list five factors that made me choose for an American University, it would be

Studying a career that is not available in my country.

Build a network from international peers.

Learn about new cultures and show your mates about yours.

Be immersed and able to speak the language 24/7.

Take advantage of the tech improvement and chances for internships with big companies.

By 2014, I joined Concordia University Chicago, and I was a candidate to get an MBA, my focus sports management. And because I love the American system, I decided to pursue a second master's degree. Still, this time was at the University of Tampa, and I got a master's of science in entrepreneurship.

What started as a dream, now it's my profession, and I love advising and creating strategies for international students expecting to move to the U.S. Please book a free consultation at Let's chat and see if you are an excellent prospect.

I would love to hear your story of how you became an international student in the U.S.

Raul Mantilla

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