I have just been around 4 months in the US and I have already completed one semester at USC now. I took three courses this semester namely Operating Systems, Introduction to Computer Networks & Web Technologies. I got an opportunity to do interesting projects during this semester. I worked on building the weenix kernel and successfully built the scheduler, process & thread management blocks, Virtual File System and got a basic shell running.
Well, as the post title says I am now a Graduate Student Assistant at the University of Southern California :-) I no longer have to pay any tuition towards my masters and I would also be getting a generous stipend on a monthly basis. This meant free education!! I never ever imagined in my wildest of dreams for this to happen. Such a thing is very rare for masters students especially here at USC.