10 Things Living Abroad Taught Me as a Student (2 min read)

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Sreenidhi V.

Founder & Owner of: Being Needy in the USA!

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Education Writer

Hello. I am Needy. I am not actually needy, its just how I call myself in America. Needy/Needhi is a shortened version of my name as people find it difficult to pronounce my name.

I came as an International student to do my Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at Tyler, Texas. I have never traveled in my life before this. Never alone, never mind the distance. This was new. And strangely exhilarating to be honest. I know I am not alone, when I talk about feeling this way. Hundreds of International students arrive to the USA to study every 6 months.

I am not going to lie and say I was scared and petrified. I was not. I think this is one of the positive things about being an adult. Sometimes you forget how scared you are of life. I was plenty excited about starting a life in a new place alright. But I also made a lot of mistakes in these two years I’ve been here. Most of them financially. And I would like to give y’all some pearls of wisdom to consider.

1. Never go cheap on your comfort: You want to buy the best mattress, do it! You want to buy that costly headphones, go right ahead. Just remember, never compromise on your comfort. You need to sleep well if you want to concentrate and study well If you want to listen to that Online lecture properly with good speaker quality, headphones are needed.

2. But you don’t need the latest models of whatever if you can use a affordable one to do the job: Just because you should never compromise doesn’t mean you have to buy the costliest stuff always. Be smart with your money. Do a Need vs Want analysis. Do you NEED it as it is very important  or do you WANT it to just show it off? Remember to use deals,/coupons to get a better offer of things you want to buy!

3. Make friends with other International students and Domestic students: You have come to study in a new country and to experience its culture. If you just hang out with your clique, then you’ll never be able to experience the wonders of the foreign world!

4. Participate in class and talk to your professors: The more you participate, the more visible you become. Drop in, say Hi to your professor and have good relationships with them. They are integral part of your growth in college and you might do well to be in their good graces.

5. Participate in Student Organizations: You might have an Indian/African/Hispanic student associations, Sports clubs, Drama clubs, Theater and arts organization, IEEE, ASME, HRDM organizations which expands your network as a student. You make new friends, you learn new things and you will explore more!

6. Call your parents to ease their worries: This is something everyone should follow. I call my parents every morning and evening and at least have a 30 second phone call to tell them I am fine and everything is going super.

7. Ask for what you want: I found that if I don’t ask for what I want, I don’t get it. Ask and you shall receive is very true. People here like upright students who is a go-getter and knows what she/he wants. So never be afraid to ask.

8. Study sincerely and complete your work on time: This needs no explanation. Don’t dawdle and take your time. Be enthusiastic at whatever you do!

9. Exercise and make use of your student gym: Your University gym might give students a free pass to exercise and participate in its workout classes. My university had Belly dancing, Teak-won-do, Yoga, Zumba and other classes for free and had an extensive gym with many equipments at our use.

10. Build Network: This is the most important part in being a student. Build connections. Know somebody who knows somebody who can give you an interview. People will be very happy to help you if you treat them with love and respect! So build good friendships that lasts a lifetime!

I have more things to share, but I felt these were the most important points that I wanted everyone to know! If you want to connect with me, come over to my blog Needy in the USA. Thanks for reading!

Yours helpfully,

Needy Vedartham! 🙂

Article Credits: Sreenidhi V

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Education, Family & Life Bloggers & More)

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