Moving away from home and starting university may seem like a jarring experience, but trust me when I say it’s the complete opposite. Don’t get me wrong, it was a challenge to get everything done by myself. From apartment hunting back home and getting everything set up once I reached Boston, it was quite the task. I was scared and anxious since I was alone in a foreign country and worried that I would have a tough time fitting in. But that is not the case at all!

You may think that making friends in college might be harder, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve made many friends here who are just as close to me as those from back home. I can now say that I have great friends with whom I spend quality time. Even though we come from different cities and/or countries, we bonded with each other quite a bit. They are always here to cheer me up and put a smile on my face when I miss my family a lot! Take my experience as an example! 

There are also plenty of clubs at Northeastern University that allow students to engage with one another. These companions will stay with you through thick and thin and will always be there to support you and make you feel at home.

Boston is a beautiful and multicultural city. You can find a wide range of cuisines here like Indian Biryani, Chinese Jianbing, Middle Eastern Shawarma, and even your own ethnic food. I’d definitely recommend all of you to check out ‘Levain’ cafeteria in Copley! Mike’s Pastry in North End is also a great place to visit. If you’re old enough you can also try the beers in the restaurants close by! Because of the plethora of Italian restaurants in this area, it is often called the ‘Little Italy’ of Boston. It has its own look and feel which is different from the rest of the city and hence makes it a great spot to spend your weekends and hang out. If you’re into sports, kayaking in the Charles river is a terrific way to spend your time outdoors while staying active. 

Besides the great things to see and do in Boston, it’s also important to note that there are many great opportunities for students looking for internships and jobs. The co-op system has been a great help with this as well, making Northeastern University unique and stand out from the others. 

Boston is extremely welcoming and I’m sure you all will have a great time here. I don’t regret my decision of choosing Northeastern University. I’m sure you all will also have a fantastic time in this lively and incredible city. Don’t hesitate to get yourselves out there and have a blast. I invite you all to your new home and hope you can make great memories. See you soon!

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