It wasn’t until the end of Welcome Week that I realized there was more to New York than Central Park, recreating Gossip Girl pictures at the MET and finding any and every possible event to reinstate "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." NYU truly is in and of the city—the open gated campus virtually draws no restriction with the opportunities that it has to offer. At first, it feels easy to get lost in the mix but it isn’t long before you find yourself running across Washington Square Park to get to your classes without seeing at least one person you know. The pressure of finding your group of friends soon fades away with the numerous events that are purposefully designed to help create the community NYU prides itself on. Whether it’s navigating the subways or finding new parts of the city to explore every weekend, there won’t be a single day that passes you by without leaving behind a story to be told. With just a little over a month to go before my first semester ends, there isn’t any other decision I’m more proud to have made. Even from 12,530 km away, this really is my home away from home.
Kainaz Patravala (Class of '18)
I’m at PennState University Park and I love it here! Leaving home can’t be explained as anything but a rollercoaster. It’s literally ups and downs and random bursts of sadness and excitedness. But soon enough everything falls into place.
For me, the first few weeks were pretty intimidating. PennState is a pretty big school, and it’s easy to get lost in everything that’s happening. But after a few weeks, you’ll find a group of friends, and you’ll end up exploring things together!
Laundry and communal bathrooms aren’t as big of a deal as they’re made out to be. It’s tough for a while, but after that it just becomes routine. Not only will you feel more independent after going to college, you’ll feel a lot more confident about your decisions as well.
After a month, PennState felt just as small as OIS did (I didn’t need GoogleMaps anymore) and everything fell into place. It feels like a second home and I’m so glad I ended up here!
Anjali Jivan (Class of '18)
When I read all the posts below, I felt almost as though I could hear my friends’ voices. It’s been just over a month since uni started, and I already miss school (that’s something I thought none of us would say). I’m at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and there are SO MANY THINGS TO DO HEREE. Right from moving in with just two to three suitcases, to staying up late in your new friend’s dorm room, you’re going to have a blast. It’s gonna be all fun and games for a while, but that being said, classes don’t go slow. It’s not like the first week of school where everything is chill and no one does work and you sit talking to your friends while the teacher tries to calm down the entire class. No. This is different.
This is a big change. You thought shifting schools and relocating from Bandra to Andheri was a big deal? Wait until you move 13,000 kilometers away to a place you’ve (maybe) never been to. A place that you’re excited, yet sad to go to. A place that you’re going to be for the next four years. A place that’s (literally) going to change the way you think, act, and behave. On move-in day, you’ll see so many Americans moving in, bringing ten whole cartons of things (idk why they pack in cartons but okay)... they even bring a sofa with them, I kid you not. It’s moments like those when you’re going to think to yourself “wow, I’m coming from 13,000 kilometers away and moving into a whole new place with only two suitcases of clothes and one suitcase of mom and Nani's food - again, I’m not kidding.
So, at uni, you’ll get a new email ID - the same way you do at OIS - but for the first month, when you sign in to your devices, you’re going to keep entering @oberoi-is.net. That’s when you know it’s a whole new journey. To be honest, this still keeps happening to me. When you go for extracurricular events - like club meetings, etc. - you’re asked to “sign in” and enter your email ID. I still mistakenly put my OIS email ID. There’s no one way to describe how the transition to uni is going to feel. It’s going to be exciting, tough, emotional, and fulfilling, all at the same time. But, that’s what this is about right? Growing as a person? Just know that no matter where you go, you’re challenging yourself. You’re moving away from your family, your friends, and everyone close to you to go to another country just to get a better education - and party (that’s way down on the list), because you will at some point, even if you’re not a party person. When you go to university, it’s just going to feel like a long vacation at first because most of you will be coming back in December. But I guess it’s only after that that it’ll really hit us that we’re finally at university, huh?
Nandan Venkatesan (Class of '18)
I'm currently in London as a part of Northeastern University's NUin program. Though I feel 3 months is too less a time for such an amazing city like London, I'm enjoying every bit of it. This program offers a perfect balance of academic and college life and what I love about it the most is that I get to see London in a way that I've never seen before and I may not be able to ever again. As a part of my theatre course, I've had the opportunity to see over 15 shows in London which is honestly any theatre-lovers dream come true. I've also visited places throughout the UK like Glasgow, Belfast, Brighton and Bath which I may not have ever made the effort to travel all the way from India so I'm very glad that I made this decision to do a study abroad program. Overall, London has been fantastic and I can't wait to continue my college journey at Northeastern in Boston this Spring.
Ananya Lunkad (Class of '18)
33 Indian Universities were on the OGC campus, talking to parents and students from OIS and other area schools on Oct 25th, 2018!
Raffles Education Network, NIIT University (NU), Annapurna international school of film and media, Anant National University, Ashoka University,Shiv Nadar University, Istitutomarangoni Universal Business School, Raffles Design International (Mumbai), O.P Jindal Global University, Amity University, The Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entreprenurship, Gurukul School of Design, Azim Premji University, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Broward College, Krea University, Bennett University, Russell Square International College, Indian School of Business and Finance, University of London & LSE affiliate center India, Ecole Intuit.lab, BML Munjal University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Indian School of Hospitality, Ecole hoteliere Dice hospitality school of Hospitality & Culinary arts, SVKM's Institute of International Studies (Kingston University and University of Canberra), Indian School of Management & Entrepreneurship (ISME), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Flame University,Ajeenkya Dy Patil University Pune, Pearl Academy, Ahmedabad University
My experience at IUB (Indiana University Bloomington) is really good, there is a really large and beautiful campus and being a DA to Kelley has variety of benefits. I also really like the business program and I know the first few weeks itself has developed my skills a lot.
Vinamra Hirawat (Class of '18)
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)