10 Things Living Abroad Taught Me as a Student

10 Things Living Abroad Taught Me as a Student

Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Sreenidhi V.

Founder & Owner of: Being Needy in the USA!

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Education Writer

Hello. I am Needy. I am not actually needy, its just how I call myself in America. Needy/Needhi is a shortened version of my name as people find it difficult to pronounce my name.

I came as an International student to do my Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at Tyler, Texas. I have never traveled in my life before this. Never alone, never mind the distance. This was new. And strangely exhilarating to be honest. I know I am not alone, when I talk about feeling this way. Hundreds of International students arrive to the USA to study every 6 months.

I am not going to lie and say I was scared and petrified. I was not. I think this is one of the positive things about being an adult. Sometimes you forget how scared you are of life. I was plenty excited about starting a life in a new place alright. But I also made a lot of mistakes in these two years I’ve been here. Most of them financially. And I would like to give y’all some pearls of wisdom to consider.

1. Never go cheap on your comfort: You want to buy the best mattress, do it! You want to buy that costly headphones, go right ahead. Just remember, never compromise on your comfort. You need to sleep well if you want to concentrate and study well If you want to listen to that Online lecture properly with good speaker quality, headphones are needed.

2. But you don’t need the latest models of whatever if you can use a affordable one to do the job: Just because you should never compromise doesn’t mean you have to buy the costliest stuff always. Be smart with your money. Do a Need vs Want analysis. Do you NEED it as it is very important  or do you WANT it to just show it off? Remember to use deals,/coupons to get a better offer of things you want to buy!

3. Make friends with other International students and Domestic students: You have come to study in a new country and to experience its culture. If you just hang out with your clique, then you’ll never be able to experience the wonders of the foreign world!

4. Participate in class and talk to your professors: The more you participate, the more visible you become. Drop in, say Hi to your professor and have good relationships with them. They are integral part of your growth in college and you might do well to be in their good graces.

5. Participate in Student Organizations: You might have an Indian/African/Hispanic student associations, Sports clubs, Drama clubs, Theater and arts organization, IEEE, ASME, HRDM organizations which expands your network as a student. You make new friends, you learn new things and you will explore more!

6. Call your parents to ease their worries: This is something everyone should follow. I call my parents every morning and evening and at least have a 30 second phone call to tell them I am fine and everything is going super.

7. Ask for what you want: I found that if I don’t ask for what I want, I don’t get it. Ask and you shall receive is very true. People here like upright students who is a go-getter and knows what she/he wants. So never be afraid to ask.

8. Study sincerely and complete your work on time: This needs no explanation. Don’t dawdle and take your time. Be enthusiastic at whatever you do!

9. Exercise and make use of your student gym: Your University gym might give students a free pass to exercise and participate in its workout classes. My university had Belly dancing, Teak-won-do, Yoga, Zumba and other classes for free and had an extensive gym with many equipments at our use.

10. Build Network: This is the most important part in being a student. Build connections. Know somebody who knows somebody who can give you an interview. People will be very happy to help you if you treat them with love and respect! So build good friendships that lasts a lifetime!

I have more things to share, but I felt these were the most important points that I wanted everyone to know! If you want to connect with me, come over to my blog Needy in the USA. Thanks for reading!

Yours helpfully,

Needy Vedartham! 🙂

Article Credits: Sreenidhi V

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Education, Family & Life Bloggers & More)

22 thoughts on “10 Things Living Abroad Taught Me as a Student”

  1. Hi Needy! This is very true! Thank you for sharing your experiences as many of us that have studied abroad can relate to them! check out my new blog and keep the posts coming 🙂


  2. Glad that you were in a good place, I think number 6 is important. Your advice is sound. I wrote a novel to warn students about being groomed by gangs, ‘What If I Go?’ You can still win it by following me and liking. Otherwise this is the blurb and you can download for v little here http://amzn.to/2n4JIud
    ‘Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal.
    While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?
    Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By drop-ping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path… Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?
    Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.
    A cautionary tale for older teens, parents—anyone who’s questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.’

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