Monday, 29 June 2015

How to Make Your University Life Hilarious in USA Part - 01

Tips for students starting to usa part 01

As you are very well aware of it, the culture in the US is entirely different than in India. Though Americans are very friendly and helpful we have to take care of a few things to avoid unnecessary inconveniences to them and ourselves. Here are a few Tips for students going to the US to lead a joyful life there.

1. Bring a lot of positive outlook, enthusiasm and motivated mind to the US. You may find things that may not be your cup of tea. Do not get panic, it is just the cultural differences that stand between everything. Always remember the fact that what they do there is a part of their culture.

2. If you have a driving license, take an International Driving License from India before leaving to the US. Public transport is not much available in some areas in the US. Owing a car is not a luxury there but it is a necessity.

3. Do not always convert Dollars into Rupees. This habit will only help you to end up starving yourselves.

4. Speak slowly and clearly. Even though you have very good command over the English language, our accent may be difficult to follow. If you don’t understand something while in a conversation do not hesitate to ask them to speak slowly. They don’t mind it and they will help you follow American accent.

5. Pack necessary utensils for cooking. Some items are costly in the US. You can buy other cooking items from super market but it is advisable to pack some masala powders and all for initial days.

6. For married students who want to bring their spouse with them shall find accommodation in the US well in advance. Finding accommodation for family will be time consuming as singles can easily move or share apartments with others.

7. After landing to the US the first thing you have to do is to inform your university or college about your arrival.

8. Other international students also face same problems like you. Share your problems with other international students so that you won’t feel alone in the campus.

9. Americans are very friendly and polite. Speak to them with respect. Do not cut into a queue like in India. Hold the door for others while entering and exiting. Make it a habit to speak with a smile with others.

10. Attend international student’s orientation program. It will help you to understand the campus and ask questions if you have any.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ultimate Guide: Safety Tips for International Students in the US

Safety Tips for International Students

Safety is very important factor while traveling abroad. Students studying abroad get chances to explore more places which ask for safe travel. University campuses and surroundings will be safe and secure for students. But, when they want to travel new places is a different matter. Students like to explore the neighbouring cities, countries and communities as a part of study abroad experience. Here are a few tips to ensure that your travel is safe and free from troubles.

Know the people:
People in USA are generally very friendly and like to help others, especially foreigners. But, there are exceptions too. Do a research on people in the locality you want to visit and be prepared to face and react appropriately. It is advisable to avoid places which are noted for nasty behaviour or such incidents. Ask your fellow students whether they can give tips on visiting other places.

Be vigilant:
Follow the same rules that you practice in your home town. You know very well about your native town, learn about the place you are residing abroad. Knowing the hues and shades of the town/city will help you live comfortably. Observe your surroundings, go for nights walk with a group, examine and know the locality as your home town.

Do not trust media too much:
This is common and straightforward. Media will try to showcase a place as most secure. This may not be always true and sometimes misguiding. Learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Seek help from authorities:
Foreign students are generally reluctant to bring any problems to the authorities. Universities and colleges have authorized people to take care of the safety of their students. Do not hesitate to report any issues or obstacles to the authorities immediately. Call to emergency phone number if you are away from university surroundings.

Be smart and keep your eyes open to your surroundings. Following little simple things will keep you away from troubles. There are mobile apps available for students to report any offences faced by students. Make use of every option to keep in touch with your university, college and friends. If you are going to some other city or country, ask advice from your travel agent regarding the people and safety of that respective destination. It is always good to travel as a group as you will be with people you know closely.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Super Tips to Cut Cost of Studying in the USA

Super Tips to Cut Cost of Studying in the US

Studying in the US is expensive and often international students wonder how they are going to meet the expenses for four years. The fact is that there are ways to cut down costs and you just have to explore it in the right way. Here are a few tips that will help avoid drain money from your bank account.

Off Campus housing can save you a few dollars:
Accommodation takes a good share of money from your wallet. I you are going for a room for rent or housing, it will cost you more for sure. To avoid this, look for off campus housing which most of the universities provide for affordable rates. Students can send their queries about off campus housing to university’s housing office or by visiting university website. Ask about types of accommodation, room sharing options and expected cost of stay. Finding off campus housing not only helps to save money but, students can develop their language and inter personal skills by interacting with students from other countries.

Meal plan options or start cooking:
Students who chose to live in off campus housing should opt meal plans carefully to avoid unnecessary expenses. International students living in the campus purchase meal plans. Students should carefully research on cuisine and other options in the campus. If the menu is not appealing students shall consider other options for meal. Purchasing a smaller plan or budgeting between smaller and larger plans for dining out would help balance the expense. The most profitable option is to start cooking for self.

Ask about employment options:
Normally, international students are not allowed to work off campus. But there will be options to do job in the campus itself. Some schools offer employment for international students in their offices. There are clerical, lab assistant, tutoring positions for international students who needs financial assistance to continue studies. Some students earn money more than their scholarship which is enough to cover taxes, health insurance and other personal expenses.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Amazing Five Places in the World To Try Right Now..

Amazing Five Places in the World To Try Right Now

Lau Islands, Fiji:

Lau Islands Fiji
The Lau Islands of Fiji is a chain of beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean. Like every island, sunrise is the most attractive scene in Lau. Though it not much explored by tourists, those who have visited had mind blowing experience with amazing marine life and peaceful vibe. The inhabitants of the islands are known for masi painting and wood carving.

Okavango Delta, Botswana:

Okavango Delta BotswanaNear the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta is splendid with the presence of Okavango River which is a heaven of flora and fauna. Said to be the Africa’s last Eden, Okavango is an ideal place for riding safari, walking safari and photographic safari etc. Wild life is the major attraction in this African marvel.

Bordeaux, France:

Bordeaux FranceBordeaux is a port city in south western France. This city is famous for wine production, perhaps the world capital of wine. Referred as the Sleeping Beauty, Bordeaux has many monuments of historical importance. The combination of architectural and urban has been recognized by UNESCO.

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile:
This enchanting park in Chile is rich with mountains, lakes, rivers and glaciers. It is the largest and most visited park in Chile. The flora and fauna of this park is a favorite place for scientists and environmentalists. This is a perfect place for hiking and camping. Though restrictions exist in camping, with the help of authorized guide visitors can dive into the hidden gems of nature.

Plain of Temples, Bagan, Myanmar:

One of the captivating sites in Asia, Plain of Temples in Myanmar shows Pagoda’s in large and small displays. There were thousands of Buddhist temples in Bagar which were built in the 12th century. Though only a few temples are regularly maintained, Bagan’s legacy as a center of knowledge and power still lays in the soil.