It is 1986. You know in your mind you will be here for two years. You will get your degree and go back. You think you will work as a journalist. Maybe even teach. No, you will work as a journalist. Teaching is for people who keep themselves safe from the world. Why return to India if you aren’t going to go out every day to learn about the lives around you? [My emphasis]
That's from Amitava Kumar's essay -- The point of no return -- in which "an Indian-born, US-based author constantly battles that inevitable guilt question: Does he really belong here?"