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Why our kids spend their summers studying abroad

Kids studying abroad
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” — Benjamin Disraeli

A missed opportunity

Back in the late 90’s, Michigan State University was a pioneer with its Study Abroad program.  For essentially the same price as tuition, students had the opportunity to take classes and experience life in a different country.  I should have taken advantage, but ultimately didn’t, for not great reasons.  I had a great summer internship at GE Medical Systems, which meant I’d have to study abroad in the fall or spring.  I was having such a good time in college, that the thought of being away from campus made me concerned I would miss out.  Stupid!  I especially regretted it when two very close friends took advantage, by studying abroad in London, and then moving onto Ireland.  The stories, experiences, and new friendships they made in that short span of time were clearly transformative.  I was happy for them (and a bit jealous).

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How reading has changed my life, and how it can change your kids life too!

Child finding magic by reading a book

If you’re experiencing this blog, then you already know the value of reading.  There is a lot of science & research that points to the benefits to IQ, imagination and learning capability.  I’m not going to waste your time reiterating data that supports a common sense fact.

Reading has perhaps been the single most important and consistent behavioral trait in my life and is undoubtedly responsible for any success I’ve had.  Continue reading

What if my child doesn’t want to become a doctor?

Confused kid

So in my first post, I explained who had inspired me to start this blog.  If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here.

A question I often get asked is….what if she changes her mind?  What if down the road, she decides she wants to be an accountant, astronaut, teacher or a lawyer?  Was this blog a waste of time?

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Lets start with WHY am I writing this Blog?

Kid pretending to be a doctor

Hello!  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Iftikhar.  My wife’s name is Rabia.   We have two wonderful children named Rizwan (age 10) and Khadija (age 7).  We live in lovely Northern California, living the American dream.  Some people roll their eyes at the mention of “American dream”, but as an immigrant to this amazing country, its a very real & personal concept to me.  I moved to the US when I was 13 (from England), and from day one, the ability to choose my own destiny really made an impression on me.  America is a place where you really can realize your dreams through hard work, innovation, risk-taking, a little luck and some help from friends and family.

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