Sagar Arora - 2014 Program Participant

The harbor in Boston, Massachusetts

Amazing Boston

Why did you decide to apply for an international program?

My major reason for going to the U.S. was I was sure that I will be able to learn skills and knowledge that would help me to grow in life, which would be assets for a life time. USEH made it very easy because of their expert team. I knew an international program would give me exposure that I couldn’t have in my home country. Also, I knew sharing ideas with people from around the world under one roof together would be a different experience. 

Why did you choose the USEH J-1 Paid Internship program in the U.S.?

The program was offering me a wide range of learning that could help me grow in my career. Also, it could give me versatility in experience, including dining room, banquets, and room service operation.

What was your favorite part about Boston?

My favorite part about Boston was its historical connection with the past, the modern buildings giving an ultimate feel of the city being ultra modern, and the people were the best at making us feel like part of the family while we were away from family.

What made your program unique?

The program is unique because it brings different people from around the world under one roof. The program calls for innovative ideas by mixing different cultures and traditions. The feeling of harmony among people from different countries makes everyone work hard, efficiently, and effectively.

A street in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Rocks

How did the local staff support you throughout your program?

Excellent! They were the people that were obliged to always make it happen. The USEH team guided me before, through, and after the program. The local people were very generous, and there was always a helping hand on the job as well as off the job. The support was tremendous.

What is one of your most memorable moments from your time in the U.S.?

The day we celebrated Christmas in the hotel; it was an amazing and fun day. We came back from Chicago one night and the next day was Christmas Eve. We enjoyed the part a lot and felt like we in a home away from home.

What did you enjoy doing in your free time?

Apart from enjoying my work, my favorite past time was going to beaches, enjoying looking at kids young and old, and everybody having fun. We went there in the summer and enjoyed the weather. The cold wind and hotness of the sun brings a feeling of relaxation. Sun bathing is an ultimate experience though.

What was your favorite part about your program?

My favorite part of the program was enjoying the different cultures and traditions in Boston; apart from learning in class and on the job, living in Boston has given me a really nice experience.

The United States of America, the name on its own energizes you to do something big and innovative in life. People from around the world come to the U.S. with unique ideas. Working with the people from around the world sparked my interest to go to the U.S. The experience can never be described in words.

What advice do you have for others headed to work in the U.S.?

I can only tell them they are lucky; among millions that apply, they are getting the opportunity to go to the U.S. I can only suggest that they learn as much as they can and use those skills when they return to their home country. This is a one time opportunity, and no one should not miss out on this.

Is there anything newcomers should know about American business culture?

They need to know that Americans are very professional when it comes to work. They are focused on quality, while simultaneously they are equally helping and cooperative, so workers should be prepared to be professional and sincere before going to the U.S.

What type of accommodation did you have? What was the best part about it? 

I was living in an apartment. The best part was my housemates from different locations, who helped me try food and flavors from around the world, such as Chinese, Thai, and Indian cuisines. I am still in touch with them and always talk about traveling to the U.S. again.

What's one thing you wish you would have done differently?

I wish I would have traveled more.Though I traveled a lot, the U.S. is still always a dream destination to explore.

Now that you're home, how has your time abroad impacted your life?

The program has made a change in me personally and professionally. Personally, I started enjoying every bit of my day to day routine, and at work, I have sharpened my skills and now I can perform much better, although I still want to go abroad and learn more. My experience gives me confidence to lead the team because I now possess leadership qualities.

How has working abroad shaped your career goals?

The skills I learned, the American techniques and ways of working, and the experience has prepared me to succeed in life anywhere I go. I am now leading a team and can perform really well. This program has changed my life. 

Do you have plans of working abroad again?

After using the things I learned abroad in my country, I would love to work abroad to learn more and exchange my experiences, because I think when different minds work together it leads to innovation. I would welcome the opportunity if I had it again.