Life in Philadelphia is much more fun than previously though, there are so many things just to do in the city that everyday I’ve been trying something new. Theater courses, Restaurant week, random hang out spots. I have to say Drexel is different than most colleges. There are no tail gates and football games, no frat parties, no insane workload, you want all that you cross a street and go to UPenn’s campus. You are left to do whatever you want. Living is a dorm is terrible but that's also the reason I’m out everyday. Everyone here cares about co-op, you are judged where you work. At any given time about half the students here are off campus working somewhere so when I return for my spring quarter I’ll be seeing the other 50% of upperclassmen. Also Philly is COLD. It’s just fall and I’m already wearing a down jacket.
Darsh Gandhi (Class of '18)
The Nu.in programme is great, its taught me so much and I get to travel around Europe and see so many new places and cultures that I haven't before. I feel like its the perfect fit for someone like me who loves to travel. I've also made some amazing friends who I really get along with and I don't regret my decision at all, of choosing Northeastern over Warwick. I feel like 3 months is too short for London, I wish I had more time here but at the same time, I'm really looking forward to Boston and Northeastern as well.
The courses here are also really interesting, we have classes like British Life and Cultures which is compulsory for this programme as its all about learning about culture and traditions. The staff here also let me switch around my classes after course registration which was really great as I got to go to the classes and get a sense of it as well.
All in all, its been great, I love it here.
Jhanvi Somaya (Class of '18)
My name is Sneha Chandrasekaran and I’m currently a student of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The first week of university was all fun because we had an orientation week. It’s the best time to mingle and make new friends because you may not get quality time later to bond with your peers.
University life is very different from the pampering you get back at school and I miss that a lot. But it’s part of the adulting process and it’s amazing how I’ve learnt so much about myself in such a short span of time. It’s just been a month, and although it’s been extremely stressful, university life has been incredible in so many ways! Can’t wait to experience what’s in store for the next 4 years to come!
Sneha Chandrasekaran (Class of '18)
The words "University Life" itself generates various emotions. It is exciting and daunting at the same time. However, soon you will realise that you have made the right decision for your future. A university is a gate which allows you to enter the real independent world.
I am currently studying in the University of Warwick, UK - a beautiful place consisting of a diverse community. Here, the beauty of nature and the numerous opportunities offered are more than what one can ask for. The opportunities ranges from participating in societies, competitions, sports, and many more. There are more than 250+ societies that offer diversity at such a large scale allows you to develop your personality.
Last, I would like to request everyone out there, who is thinking about the university, to not stress out and remember that you will make the right decision for yourself.
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Archit Modi (Class of '18)
University isn’t a pool you can slowly dip your feet into. It’s an ocean of opportunity that you have to dive into if you want to really gain the best experiences. While that may sound terrifying, at the University of Oxford, that metaphor holds it’s weight. I barely had one night to cry for the childhood I was leaving behind, and the new future I was embracing, before freshers week came around and with it a packed schedule that saved me from my own depressing thoughts. Leaving home is never an easy feat, but the great community at St. Catherine’s college helped me cope with those feelings. From JCR chats and activities to constant visits to the bank, you can always find someone who’ll walk the long distance to Cornmarket street with you.
Oxfordshire itself is such a lively and beautiful town, filled with quiet parks and loud streets (particularly Cornmarket street). I’ve gone out for a walk at odd hours to simply get out of my own head. The skyline holds a contrast of archaic architecture and glass facades, each building a sight to see. Like it’s skyline, the university itself is made up of a variety of people and I’ve enjoyed the different conversations I’ve had with all of them. The Oxford student isn’t of a particular type; we’re all dynamic creatures with our own quirks and flaws and the best way to experience that, is by studying here! While my mind is wrought with worries and concerns, I'm also excited to see where my university journey leads.
Arunima Shrikhande (Class of '18)
I am at Georgia Tech and the campus helps having an amazing balance between academic and social life. There are various opportunities students get on campus from sports to beautiful outdoor study lounges to organizations that make a difference in the community. The campus being in the heart of a city like Atlanta, makes the student life very lively and enjoyable. Overall, I would very strongly recommend students to check GATech out as an option for their undergraduate school.
Rushabh Varia (Class of '18)
I stepped into university thinking that although the work load is going to be ‘chill’ for the first term compared to the IB, it is going to be tough to adjust to this place and make new friends.
How wrong was I to think that.
17th September, 2018.
I have now realised that university is also known as IB 2.0, where you’re constantly drowning in work and so the sleepless nights are back. But, I have understood that having done IB, grinding through those deadlines and citations and Turnitin, you already have an edge. Trust me, when you come to university, you’ll thank IB for teaching you how to thrive with sleepless nights. But these sleepless nights make bonding with other people easier because you’re all in the same boat. Everyone has left home, everyone has the same work load, so everyone understands each other’s situation. As a result of this, acquaintances become friends and friends become family in no time. It’s not as hard as you think to find people like you.
University is about feeling happy when a class is cancelled and feeling annoyed when it is rescheduled on a Saturday. University is about taking care of yourself on your own but also knowing you have people around you who’ll be there to support you. University is about studying what you love, but more than that, it’s about doing what you love.
Devi Dang (Class of '18)
To be very honest my first day at London (the day before the Orientation week) wasn’t the best ones because I didn’t know anyone and I felt a little homesick. However, the days after that when the orientation began I didn’t feel like I was at a foreign place, I made many new friends who are from several different nationalities and felt that I was part of a family and was at home. Today I completed my first two weeks at Hult (a week of orientation and a week of studying) and I feel that I have known my peers for years.
My journey at Hult has been amazing up till now and it’s great to see that all clubs at Hult are run by students and they are also involved in operating several events. Including the boat party, casino gala, and ice breaking activities, the faculty at Hult prepared many interesting events for all of us from the very first day. All the teachers at Hult have their own unique style of teaching and are always open to other opinions and suggestions. Over here, we learn and enjoy at the same time, we have all learned to get out of our comfort zone and have been taught to have a growth mindset. It’s also great to know that we are the first batch to find out Hult’s mascot (female wolf) I can’t wait to see for what will be coming next for me at Hult and to be part of something more than an ordinary business school.
Comments on application process: Hult’s members have always been helpful to all of us from the very beginning. No matter when I texted them or called them, at times they answered my questions over weekends as well. They let me know how and what exactly is to be done next and always cleared out any queries I had. They also always looked out for me and kept in contact with me to find out how I was doing and whether I had any more questions. The application process becomes much easier with this help!
Nandan Bohra (class of '18)
My journey at OIS has been an amazing rollercoaster ride. It has helped me discover the animal-loving side of myself that I never knew existed, which has now become a major part of my identity. Our seniors used to tell us that transitioning into university life will be tough but I think they all missed out on the fact that OIS instills in us the principles and skills that make this change much smoother. My transition to university life has been really positive so far and I am really excited to see what is in store for me at the University of British Columbia.
Utkarsh Sikka, Class of '18
OIS Graduate Anirudh Duvvuri from Class of 2018 shares his initial experience at UMich!
45,000 students! I had to let that sink in for a second. The fear of being one in many was great. But what I didn’t realize is that it could be 10's of thousands of smaller groups, 1000’s of larger groups, but most importantly it was a large family of 45,000 unique individuals who were all in this together. It gives you the feeling of home but also gives you the chance to step out of your comfort zone. A school of amazing contrasts that has a place for each and every unique individual. To me, this is the University of Michigan.
- Anirudh Duvvuri (Class of '18)