I did an interview with a student last year who was studying here in U.S.A. He sent me a skype message 2 months after the interview.
He : Hey Raghu, I’m back in India.
I: Why and what happened, Is everything ok with you?
He: I was arrested by the campus police and I decide to quit Masters and return back to India.
I : Why did you get arrested?
He : I kicked my room mate.
So, that was his side of the story.
In life everything comes as a package. Likewise, studying abroad comes with its own set of challenges, risks and uncertainty. In this episode, I spoke to an Indian student studying in Montreal, Canada.
We discussed about topics that is seldom mentioned by students living and studying abroad as in International student.
Everyone talks about financial aid, cost of living, traveling, parties, saving money with coupons, test prep, visa interview, grades, job search, H1B Visa and trips to tourist destinations. Such topics are far too common in blog sphere and forums.
But, we don’t see lot discussion about mental health, drinking, drugs, student safety, following the laws of host country, risks of breaking the law, legal challenges, health risks, problems with roommates, adaptability, skills required to survive as an alien, career impact due to arrests, etc.
When people from various background come to live together in a foreign country, there’s going to be some tension. Some of you have skills to adapt, but others end up fighting. Listen the show below to learn more.
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Here’s a summary of tips about Student Safety to keep in mind while studying abroad from Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety
- Assume responsibility for all the elements necessary for their personal preparation for the program and participate fully in orientations.
- Read and carefully consider all materials issued by the sponsor that relate to safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies).
- Conduct your own research on the country(ies) they plan to visit with particular emphasis on health and safety concerns, as well as the social, cultural, and political situations.
- Consider your physical and mental health condition.
As you can see one of the points is consider your mental health as well.
You have to be matured enough to handle touch situations that life throws at you. You need to let go of your ego sometimes and walk away from the situations.
It is 100% ok to feel defeated and lost than getting hurt. Let go of your ego.
Share Your Story :
Do you have any experience to share where you go hurt or you know someone who ran into such difficult situations.