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Studying and Living Abroad - Page 2

Written by Neha Prakash
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Priya Jhaveri misses her dog. Jhaveri never spent one night without the black, furry beast lying across her blue, polka-dotted comforter, tickling her toes. But for the past two years, Jhaveri has been separated from her dog, family and home. 

Mirroring Jhaveri’s situation, Shivakumar said the universities in Dubai aren’t as prestigious nor do they have the programs American universities boost. He said he choose UIUC because of its city atmosphere and prominent engineering program.

Both Shivakumar and Jhaveri realized the major downfall of studying abroad is the cost.

“Everything is really expensive compared to home, I almost feel guilty shopping here,” Jhaveri said.

Though most American students do not have to leave the country to receive substantial educations, those who opt to spend time in foreign territory echo Jhaveri’s and Shivakumar’s sentiments of the love of independence but the longing for home.

During his junior year at University of Maryland, Neetal Jagadeesh traveled south of the border to Melbourne, Australia. He spent eleven months there, and he said his memories from Melbourne are etched into his mind forever.

“One night I saw the fireworks on the Yarra River, and saw tons of cultural performances and spent the whole day there and really felt like a part of the society,” Jagadeesh said. “If I were back in College Park, I probably would’ve spend the night like most students do, just doing work or out at a party…nothing memorable.”

The time difference between countries made keeping in touch with friends immensely difficult, Jagadeesh said, adding he would stay up all night just to say hi to his parents or girlfriend.

“Keeping in touch with friends probably wouldn’t be a big deal now though with things like Skype and Facebook,” he interjected.

The three jet setters were unanimous in saying the decision to study abroad from anytime from a month to four years takes real thought and a willingness to be daring. Jagadeesh provides advice to those considering the experience saying, “if you are going to go far, then stay there for a while so you can really acclimate to the people and culture and feel at home…you really won’t regret it.”

Though Jhaveri said she will never accept not having her black Labrador, Pepsi, by her side 24/7, she said she now knows she can be on her own, millions of miles from her parents, and be fine. She even said she is finally getting over her homesickness.

“I just have two homes now,” she confessed with a smile.

© Neha Prakash

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