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Thread Contributor: Xiaolong_LiWhen you are not selected By H-1B, ready this...
I was in the same boat as you a couple of years ago. So I know exactly how you feel.

I had graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and had been working on OPT for almost a year. Then there came the lottery and I was not selected. All hopes were gone.

I had been living in the U.S for eight years at that point and I would hate to abandon all I had established (friends, career, life quality, love for burritos) here and pack my ass back to China. I was frustrated with the lottery system. I hated that my future was going to be determined by a completely random draw of names.

But then I realized, I still had options. I could still pursue an advanced degree; I still had another shot at the lottery next year; I might even meet a nice girl and be married soon. So after a couple of weeks of frustration, I started living again. I was living the following year like it was going to be my last year in this country. I applied to a graduate program in CS, continued working with my attorney to get ready for another lottery, and I started running. I trained pretty hard for a couple of half and full marathons, and did well in those races. I distracted myself from the self-pity and the fear of losing everything because well, I’ve done my best.

I lost almost 30 pounds after all the running I did. Then came next March, I was accepted into the graduate program. In April, I was selected in the H1B lottery. In September, I met a nice girl who is now my wife.
Keep your head up and start living your life. Before you know it good things might have already happened.

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