post covid checklist of studying abroad
in march 2020, when india was just entering lockdown, none of us knew the extent to which it will last. lives have upturned in six months. all of life’s big decisions at a standstill. parents have halted on apartment down payments and children have deferred their offers to study abroad. but until when? 2021 isn’t very far away after all. one year seems long only if one doesn’t use it to their advantage. embracing the new pace of life and using it to learn new things might be a good approach to feel a lot less helpless at the end of it all.
if you aspire to study abroad in the post covid world, here are the five things that will help you get there.
be sure of your next step: use this year to nail down what really drives you. studying abroad is a fair bit of investment both on time and finance front. it is therefore helpful if you are feeling sure of what you are about to commit the next few years of your life to. no pressure though. :)
use evidence to decide: decide based on experience. some times you have an idea of yourself or an image which you chase. we are only human so all of us have been there. putting ourselves out there in the context of where we imagine ourselves really helps put things into perspective, what do i mean? i will add a personal anecdote to explain this further at the end of this article.
gather data: let’s be real. many of you want to move abroad or at least work for a few years to cover the cost of studies. in which case start re-evaluating your strategy based on immigration policy. after november 2020, there will be a lot more clarity on where the US will stand on work visas. but it is a good time to consider countries that were not on your radar.
get a coach: you are going to need a few sessions with a coach. find someone who doesn’t decide for you and gently nudges your journey to the decision instead. one thing you are going to have to do is decide for yourself when you move to study abroad. start now.
talk about your fears: discuss your fears openly. discuss them with friends, parents, relatives, cousins, friend’s parents. but talk about them. ideally you should chat with people who may have a personal anecdote to share. you don’t want advice, you are just understanding experiences so you can use your own judgement. remember? you have to take this decision by yourself.
you will have a lot of people dishing advice to you. just like the author of this blog who just handed you a checklist. the only thing that matters though is that you know your reason for studying abroad. that reason will automatically help you assess the risk. if your reasons are strong enough, you will make it happen. so while you are using all the rational data to decide, listen to your inner voice. listen to your instinct. many times your gut is right.
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