Post arrival: Things to keep in mind
We tend to seek compatriots wherever we go, so try and mingle with people of different nationalities. You become more tolerant. And if some of your non-Indian flat-mates don’t offer what they have cooked, it’s okay. That’s how they have been brought up, but being an Indian, you can always offer what’s on your plate.
And parents needn’t worry that their child will get spoiled by the open societies of foreign countries. Studies are so rigorous that rarely does a student get the chance to become spoiled. If the student is working part-time, then life can be hectic. Besides, you would have to do everything yourself, right from cooking to making your bed, to laundry. Yes, you will get vegetarian food; daals, rice, atta, pickles, are available everywhere in the world. And yes, you can carry a pressure cooker. But carry a small one.
When you arrive at the airport, just be calm. There have been instances of students forgetting the name of their university or tripping over their luggage. The unfamiliar sights and sounds may make you nervous. Take a deep breath, and keep all your documents ready for the immigration officer.
And, let’s face it; the first few months are tough. It’s not easy living in a foreign country. It’s the time you regret your decision the most and you miss home. Such reactions are natural, as you are away from home probably for the first time. But within months the perspective changes, you get excited about your new life, the new place, new friends. But make sure you don’t miss the orientation day at the university, no matter how low you are feeling. It’s a wonderful chance to know your classmates and professors.
Take full advantage of the facilities at the university, it’s included in the fee. Go to museums, cultural centres, theatres and picnic in parks.
Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Manmohan Singh, all went abroad to study. It changes your worldview. So good luck and safe journey!
With inputs from Dr Nimesh Chandra & Shalini Gupta