We are a group of international students braving the battlefield that is Grad School in the US. We come from all different cultures, backgrounds and walks of life but are now held by a common bond – survival!
The “eldest” (in number of months in the US, that is) of us has been toughing it out since the fall of 2004, and has gone through graduation alone in a denim mini, surviving the summer heat secondary only to being able to listen to Bill Clinton give the message to the graduates. She is now barely hanging on to her sanity as she tries to earn her PhD.
One of us has earned more than a master’s degree. Somehow, she has found the time to raise a family, and now has two gorgeous kids in tow. Grad school is still in the mix, though, as she begins her path towards that PhD.
For our last member, the journey is barely starting. The US may not be that strange of a place – she has worked in the US before – but student life certainly is a whole other world. It has been an extra long ten years since she last saw a classroom, and having to teach on top of her coursework as part of her study grant certainly does not make life any easier.
I guess all these make us pretty geeky, but we’re not really that (well, not most of the time!). We are not ultra-techie but we do love to try out new gadgets and understand how they work. We are especially into printers because, ugh, we practically print all day everyday, what with all the papers we have to write between us.
No, we are not studying engineering, computer science or anything technical. We are academically in the other end of the spectrum. In fact, we are so the opposite of techie that when we ended up maintaining the Printcountry blog as we saw this as a chance to:
1) educate ourselves and make sure we don’t get duped and
2) educate others like us so they don’t get duped.
So all you not-so-techies, happy reading and printing!
John C. Arkin
James Kara Murat
Product Review Writers
James Kara Murat
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