Most Indian students take up off-campus part time jobs to earn money to cover their living expenses while staying in U.S. Often they work at convenience stores and gas stations in crime-prone areas. The students who work late-night shifts and handle the money at these workplaces are particularly exposed to the risk of violence and sometimes become victims of crime. Apart from this, there are other risks Indian students face in general such as a sudden illness, a freak accident, issues with the university management and immigration authorities which could lead to deportation, etc. In such instances, it would be assuring to know someone is around to help them out of the situation and provide them the required guidance.
Organisations such as the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) work with the Indian students in the U.S to ensure they get help in times of distress. Almost every leading university in U.S has its own Indian student’s association which caters to the specific interests and needs of the Indian students. You can find a list of such associations here.
TANA’s local TEAM Square volunteers assists students with timely aid. They have set out a few guidelines for Indian students to prevent untoward incidents during their study period in the U.S.
- Get Health Insurance. Though this might seem expensive to buy, its essential for every international student.
- Maintain a valid visa status.
- Do not take up any illegal or unauthorised part-time jobs while on a student visa.
- In case you encounter a robber who demands cash or valuable from you, do not resist.
- Avoid driving without a valid driving licence or adequate automobile licence, or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- Its best to avoid any confrontations with strangers and gestures that might provoke violence.
- Get trained before you start diving in the U.S as the rules, driving conditions amd speed limits are vastly different form those in India.