1 – Food – eventually the essence of life
Pray hard if you are a vegetarian or if you are very picky with food. Because you certainly are in for a culture shock in terms of food or will end up having a constantly growingly belly !! So put on your chef hats well in advance and make the trip to the kitchen at home at least a month before so that you don’t starve abroad. Better pack a stack of those Maggi’s if you’ve failed at cooking. Lol
2 – Fashion
Everyone wants to feel like the classy and fashionable divas and studs, especially on the picturesque cosmopolitan streets of the world. But don’t let the fashion get the better of you and end up in the bed, sick. Long story short, dress for the weather ! In most countries around the world you must have a different wardrobe for the changing seasons. And FYI don’t buy a winter coat sold in the desert and don’t buy a summer tee sold in the mountains however fashionable they are, neither will serve the cause when need be.
3 – School
If you were one of those wonder kids of the class who managed to graze through the passing marks even after studying only the previous night, your happy days are unfortunately coming to an end soon buddy. As education and schooling system in most countries abroad are totally different from here in India. You are constantly graded throughout your semesters and if you have not managed to stay in speed with the rest of your class throughout the semester while submitting all your assignments, then don’t even bother turning up for the exam at the end of the semester, as that train won’t take you far enough on your road to clearing that subject !
4 – Part-time Jobs
Unless you were born with a silver spoon or come from a family that struck it big while you grew up, take my word, you’ll end up looking for a part-time job pretty soon. Actually find one even before it gets too desperate as part-time jobs complete your experience of the country as you get to work with locals of all age groups and nothing makes better friends and memories than working as a team to get things done. And who doesn’t love the extra moolah that might actually get you an extra drink at the club on the weekend. And remember don’t be too picky in selecting a job as dignity of labour is a big thing in most countries abroad and any job could be a fun one if done with the right attitude. Good luck !
5 – The country itself
Last but not least, do extensive research about the country and the city you will be moving to as it is going to be your home for the upcoming few years. People and places differ from country to country and the last thing that you want on your mind is the feeling of being an outsider or the feeling of being stuck in a remote town ( Yes !! They do exist in very developed countries as well ). So if your so called career counselor at the agency is too keen on sending you to a particular university, that is because he/she is getting a pretty good commission for pushing you into ” that amazing university which will open the gates to your bright future” (sarcasm) according to them. So research is the key, especially if you are looking to settle down or considering studying abroad an investment, then go through policies for the country that you are going to in detail and also be aware of the political and economic conditions there.
Though this should have been my first point, I mention it in the end just to signify that even if all of the above go wrong with you (*touch wood*), keep in mind you always have a equally beautiful and caring country you can always come back to, your own India !!
T77 signing off 😎 Hasta pronto !