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22 Sep 2016 885 2 mins Share

An open letter to a student who has a burning ambition to study abroad!

A short piece of advice on a student’s study abroad dream

22 Sep 2016 885 2 mins Share
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An open letter to a student who wants to study abroad

Dear Student,

Hear me out!

You must be filled with confusions and bad dreams to the brim, frantically looking for good universities abroad to apply at – I’ll advise you to be patient because it is not easy to figure out everything in life in one go!

Studying abroad is a wise decision that you have taken since it will bring out the best in you and shape you in a better way, but don’t belittle yourself thinking you haven’t done enough in life. You are young, and at times you must have felt – ‘how I wish everything stays the same forever’; your thoughts out of proportion. It is ok to make mistakes since that’s the best way to learn, and it is fine if you don’t get admit from your dream university because there are many other good institutions which have their doors open for you.

As an advisor I will always guide you and show you the right track; you can always meet and have a chat with me regarding your study abroad plans.

All I want from you is to be honest and tell me why you want to study abroad? If you have an ardent desire to pursue an international degree, I won’t think twice to help you. But before we meet, I would like to tell you a few things:

  • Do not take a hasty decision to study abroad; instead just think carefully about your choices. I’ll, always guide you and help you select the best universities.
  • Ask yourself what drives you to study abroad – ‘Is it because your parents want or you want? Or is it because you are influenced by your friends to study abroad?’ Your motto should be transparent.
  • Do not think that your chances of getting admits are high if you apply at several institutions because what matters most is your academic profile. Show me your academic profile and I’ll tell you what to do next.
  • The visa officer’s decision to accept or reject your visa has nothing to do with your self-esteem. Take the decision positively and improvise yourself; instead of cowering to face the interview second time.
  • I’m here to help you with several mock visa interviews so that next time when we meet, you should show me the stamp on your big ticket.
  • Most importantly, do not choose a study destination abroad simply based on what you hear – ask me! Won’t you? Will you rely on a doctor for a surgery or simply ask a layman who knows about anatomy?
  • It is not easy to leave your family and go abroad – it could be painful; learn to live with it.  Once you leave your nest, you might find yourself immersed in the joy of exploring places and people, biking through the parks of Amsterdam or enjoying long walks alone on the streets of London.
  • Learn to say ‘yes’ and welcome new things in your life; this will help you slowly find out what you like the most and best out of everything.
  • Prepare yourself to sharpen your taste buds while studying abroad.

I wish you all the best and hope you learn how to adapt yourself out of your comfort zone, grow smarter each day and have the time of your life!

A short quote to bring a smile on your face:

“Having nothing to struggle
against, they have nothing to struggle
― Charles Bukowski,


The Advisor

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