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One gets to learn a lot

A Delhiite on coping with a ‘sound’ academic system so different from the one she was used to back home reports Indrani Thakurata

education Updated: Jun 23, 2010 09:20 IST
Indrani Thakurata
Indrani Thakurata
Hindustan Times

I am a true-blue Delhiite. I did my schooling from Mother’s International. After that, I studied sociology at Hindu College, Delhi University. I was always interested in gender studies since my graduation days. While working, I attended a certificate course in gender studies, which set the pace for me. I was looking for a master’s in gender studies, which unfortunately was not available in India. Gender studies is still in a nascent stage in India. Therefore I decided to check universities abroad.

Bristol is one of the top universities, so it was my obvious choice. I received a scholarship to boot.

Before going to the UK, I was apprehensive about my coping capabilities with the harsh weather. Secondly, I was scared about my health and the expenses on medication.

The university reception service was good. There were students waiting to receive international students at the airport. They guided us all through. We also had a jamming session right in the beginning to familiarise us with the pubs and all.

My first day in class was nice, but very different from the kind of classroom experience we had in India.

I lived in a hostel. My social life was pretty hectic. We had a huge group of friends. We used to hang around together. Celebrate all occasions together. Go out pretty often.

My average monthly expenses’ bill used to come to £400.

How much time did I devote to studies? Quite as much, as it is very difficult to sail through without putting in decent hours of work. The advantage of studying in the UK is a sound academic system. One gets to learn a lot. On the flip side, they expect you to quickly adjust to their academic system. They don’t understand that you are from a different academic system, and it takes time to learn their way.

First Published: Jun 22, 2010 11:34 IST