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5 things that your University may not tell you

All set to start university-life abroad? Well here are some things that you may wish to remember when you are studying abroad.

Mahesh Ramani

Some of the top Unis across the world are over a hundred years old — and many strange things have taken place. Many students claim that some Unis; especially the accommodation halls are haunted.

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Now that your admission is confirmed and you have received the student visa and are all set to go abroad for higher studies — we present some funny and interesting facts that the ‘University’ may not mention to you.

1. ‘Boo’ - The Resident Ghosts are Coming:

Some of the top Universities across the world are over a hundred years old — and many strange things have taken place. Although rationalists will not admit it; many students claim that some Universities; especially the accommodation halls are haunted. So don’t get scared if you hear weird noises at night or see a strange apparition in white. It might be the ghost of some old professor still looking after his students!

2. This is a Hostel Room Not a Suite at ‘The Ritz’:

This applies to those students who have chosen to stay in on-campus/University accommodation. Be very clear about what you are going to get. For the next three to four years the small hostel room would be your abode. Get information on the facilities; double-check with the accommodation officer; get information from existing students and create your own space. Ensure that you know what facilities and services come as part of your accommodation package and what you need to pay extra. Wherever ‘Meal Plans’ are included; get additional information on the options.

3. Homesickness Will Strike:

Students who would be away from their family for the first time will be the ones who will suffer the most. For the first few weeks there will be lot of enthusiasm and fun in settling into University. Then realisation will strike — no more of mom’s hand-cooked food, no fighting with your siblings for the TV remote or catching a cricket match along with dad; home-sickness will creep in to you. Don’t worry this is a common occurrence; in the age of the internet; Skype and mobile-phones; your family is just a ‘ring’ away.

4. Get a Mouse-trap:

Rodents: A student while sleeping in his hostel-room on his first night there had the shock of his life when he saw a rat nibbling at his feet! Most institutions regularly have their hostel-rooms cleaned and dis-infected; but it's important you keep your room clean and don’t spill food. A bit of cleanliness will keep your room free of rodents and other pests. Most institutions have a ‘no pets-policy’ — so don’t go about sneaking a cute little puppy or kitten into your hostel room!

5. You May Put on Weight:

Unhealthy eating habits, odd sleeping times, additional pressure on completing research, endless lectures and seminars, partying with friends; are the ‘usual suspects’. All these are various factors that may contribute to significant weight-gain. Stay fit and strong; a career lies ahead on completing your degree course; you don’t want to end up being the most obese and out of shape candidate at the time of the campus recruitment interviews.

Studying abroad and staying away from your family for the first time is extremely challenging and can be very stressful. All major Universities have dedicated support teams for international students and additional student counsellors to help provide moral and emotional support to students who feel home-sick or depressed.

Learning to live on your own in a foreign land is a fun way to realise your own strengths and weaknesses. You will be joining hundreds of other students from various countries and cultural and economic backgrounds. Learn to be part of a community, make friends, learn a new language or take up a new hobby-activity like painting or learning to play a musical instrument. The friendships that you make in your years at University will go a long way in shaping your destiny!
 
Get set and be ready for a fun-filled and challenging life at University — a place where you learn something new and useful everyday! 

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