Why is Mathematics and Science important in Engineering?

We take many things for granted in our life. For example, our cell phones, internet, FM Radio, microwave oven etc. But from where do all these things come? Yes, you are right. These things come from mathematics, science, technology and engineering. In a simple sentence, we can say that these things come from those people who are specialized in those streams.

 

Our future depends on our scientific spine. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM are very important for our country.  STEM Education is important for our children future. If you think where STEM applies in our life, you will realize that it applies in each and every aspect of our life. Science includes our natural world. For example sun, moon, stars, weather, animals, plants, food etc. Technology includes cell phones, computers, television, radio, telegraphs etc.  Engineering includes designing roads, bridges and building. It also deals with challenges related to transport, global warming, systems and appliances. We come across Mathematics at grocery stores, banks, family budget, and tax forms.

 

 

School and college going students of America are the future of the country. They are very important for a dynamic economy. Here is the fact about them.

 

The National Academies is the non-profit organization that advises on science and technology. Many years ago a warning was given to U.S by The National Academies, that the U.S. will continue losing ground to foreign economic rivals unless and until it improves the education quality of maths and science.

 

Last year, experts reported that, U.S ranked 27th among 29 wealthy countries in proportion of university students with degrees in mathematics and science. Among developed countries, they ranked 31st.

 

The National Academies are taking initiative and urging government to improve mathematics and science curriculums. The National Academies wants to increase the number of qualified science and maths teacher by 10000. The students who have thorough knowledge of STEM think critically and innovatively. In future the highest paid jobs will be in STEM and all the employees will have to utilize their STEM skills to solve problems in a wide range of industries.

 

According to U.S. Department of Education, only 16% high school students have proven their proficiency in mathematics and are interested in STEM. Only 28% of high school freshmen showed their interest in STEM related field.  Due to these reasons, Obama started “Educate to innovate’ campaign in 2009 so that the students get inspired and excel in STEM subjects.  The campaign also showed the number of insufficient teachers skilled to educate in these subjects. The mission is to get the American students from the middle to the top of the international arena.

 

The Importance of STEM education:

 

STEMconnector.org projects that there will be around 8.65 millions of STEM related jobs by 2018. Projection of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is that, by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be 2% in Mathematics, 4% in life Science, 7% in Physical Science, 16% in Traditional Engineering, and 71% in Computing.

 

Only Americans don’t have this problem. Countries like U.K, Germany do face the same problem. According to Royal Academy of Engineering reports, the Brits should graduate more than 1lakh STEM majors till 2020 just to meet its demand. Germany has the scarcity of more than 2lakh workers in Mathematics, National Science and Computer Science disciplines. Ethnically, Asian students have shown much interest in the field of STEM.

 

STEM based learning combines learning methods and subjects rather than keeping them separate.  Different types of disciplines are taught by integrating what students know to solve a new problem. STEM makes use of student’s strength and challenge them to learn more and think innovatively.

 

10+1 Questions That Tells You Whether Engineering Is Right For You

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There are many parents who decide their children’s career. As soon as the baby is being conceived in the womb, they confirm that the baby is going to be an Engineer or a Doctor or a Scientist. How could they know what a baby can be in the future?

This blog is for those parents and students who consider engineering as a dream profession. Obviously, Engineering is an interesting field that gives you fame, money and great opportunities. But to be an excellent engineer, a person must have some skills. In India, it is now very easy to get an engineering admission, but the number of students who successfully complete the course with the necessary qualities are very less.

The following 10 questions help you understand yourself and the skills in you. Try answering them very sincerely.

  • Do you pay attention to detail?
  • Do you have excellent communication skills?
  • Do you have strong analytical skills?
  • Do you have good problem solving skills?
  • Do you have great mathematical skills?
  • Are you interested in learning new things?
  • Are you capable of logical thinking?
  • Are you a good team player?
  • Are you a tech savvy?
  • Are you a person with great creative as well as innovative ideas?

And the 11th Question: Do you have the confidence that through proper training you could become an Engineer?

Yes/ No?

Answer for this one question is enough to decide whether you can become an engineer or not. The above listed 10 questions are important since it gives you an idea about what all basic skills you should posses to become an ideal engineer. Since no one is born as an engineer, you can acquire these skills by giving proper focus on the specific areas where you feel you are weak. Training can be started from the school days itself.

Engineering fields are numerous and out of many you have to find out the field that suits your skills best. Before getting admission, you are advised to go through the details of subjects in each field and the career opportunities. Majority of engineering students fail in their subjects mainly due to the lack of interest.

The technology has changed a lot so that information is available at your finger tips. The gadgets at your hands act as a mediator who connects you with the information world, www. Browse a lot about the fields and best colleges which offer the specific courses. If you feel like you need a helping hand by your side, please contact Global Educates.

 

Why should you fancy doing Engineering ?

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Choosing a career option is considered a major step in anyone’s career.  There are a lot of factors which can decide your ultimate career choice, like interest in the subject, feasibility of the course and especially, future scope of the course.

Engineering is and has been one of the most sought after courses in the country. But, it is important to analyse the pros and cons of studying engineering. The area of subjects is not easy and requires continuous hard work to excel.  But these subjects are still very much in demand due to their vast nature. It is still easier to find jobs with the help of an engineering degree.

 

The following can be the major reasons of opting for a career in Engineering:

Career satisfaction

It is generally seen that those who opt for a career in engineering and technology and especially those who are passionate about the subject, will find enjoyment and satisfaction throughout their career.

It is considered an area that is guaranteed to grow with time and even the experienced professionals are going to benefit from that. The income of an average engineer is also higher than the income of an average professional from any other field.

 

Develop specialist and transferable skills

A degree of engineering provides exposure to students on various technical subjects and skill sets. Transferable skills are developed which include problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication. They will also get to know that they are constantly contributing to the rapid growing market.

 

Good income and Regular increment

The key benefits of studying engineering are both financial and prospect based. Financially, the starting salaries are among the best across all industry sectors.

There are a lot of job avenues for them as, the demand for well-qualified and skilled engineers is increasing day by day. Freshers who have received a degree in Engineering, can expect to earn more than their Commerce, Arts or Management counterparts.

It is considered easier to progress within the network with an engineering degree due to all the technological advancements happening all over the world.

 

Wide variety of career progression opportunities

Having technical knowledge comes very handy, as the scope of progressing in other fields increases considerably. Employers look for people who have knowledge of different streams. So, it is easy for an engineer to get managerial roles after doing a Master degree course in fields like Finance, Marketing or Production. This improves the profile of the candidate, which eventually results in a better job opportunity for the candidate.

The success of every nation is determined by its manufacturing and engineering base, and the skills and creativity of its engineers.

 

5 of the Most Common Mistakes College Students Make

  1. Blindly following the “Trend”

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A common mistake made by the students who are done with their school is the choice of the stream they want to pursue as a career. The choice of the course is a career defining moment for every student. So, a student has to be very careful while choosing a career path and should not follow someone else’s advice just because that particular stream has more job opportunities. One should do what their ‘heart’ says and the same applies for the career path. Every student should pursue his/her passion and try to make a career on something that interests them, rather than what their distant relative advices them to.

  1. Choice of College

India, being such a vast and diverse country has a plethora of colleges, be it private or government-aided. But a significant proportion of all the colleges in India do not provide quality education. A student should do proper research about his/her desired college before taking admission. The college should be recognised by the government bodies like the UGC and should have an approval by the AICTE, if the college deals in technical education.  The student should also look at the track record of the institute and try getting in touch with its alumni.

  1. Doing what the “Parents” say

Every Indian parent has a lot of expectations from their child. They want their child to do well and want them to follow a career where there is job safety and decent income. But parents don’t realise that their and their ward’s dreams can be very different.  Indian parents are very reserved when it comes to allowing their child to explore his/her career options. They want their child to follow the tried and tested formula. But following this advice has made a lot of students’ life miserable. So, a student should listen to what their parents are saying and should give it a thought, but ultimately should pursue something they are passionate about.

  1. No Extra-curricular Activities

School lives are considered to be the happiest phase of a student’s life with less pressure, friendly environment and a lot of friends. But after entering college, lifestyles of students change. A lot of students give co-curricular activities a backseat and start focussing too much on their studies. Doing extra-curricular activities like playing sports, singing, dancing, quizzing is a very important aspect of a student’s life. It helps in keeping the mind fresh and active. Doing activities like debate, MUN helps in the overall personality development of a student.

  1. Getting into Bad Habits

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This is a very common scenario among the students, especially those who come to new cities and leave their hometowns for higher studies. Some students feel like capitalising the most on the sudden freedom they get. They try new things and gradually they start frequently smoking or drinking. This turns into a habit and might lead to other habits which are worse. So, new students should always be careful while choosing their friends.

 

 

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A College Planning Guide Part-2

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Continuing from our earlier post, we look at some of the other factors that make transition from high-school to college beneficial and easy for the young aspirants.

Enhance your profile

Colleges are more likely to look for a student who has strengths beyond the academics. An all-rounder will always have an edge in comparison to their academically oriented counterparts. Strengthen the talents that you already have, whether it is playing an instrument like the guitar or drums, pursuing football as a hobby or even cooking in your free time. Every certificate or news of these co- or extra-curricular activities you mention can be very helpful in getting you those extra points why applying for a college/university, especially if you are applying abroad.

Colleges appreciate innovative and passionate students, so try to convince them you are motivated to achieve your dreams and targets. You can use the summer break after your Grade 10 exams as the ideal time to pursue your field of interest – for instance, if you want to be a teacher, teach young children, who cannot afford to go to school, in your locality. This will give you a valuable experience of teaching as well as become a brownie point in your résumé. If you aspire to be an architect, brush up your artwork, make sample drawings, and get them evaluated from professionals.

Shortlist Your Preferred Colleges

You should shortlist the colleges you want to apply to well in advance by the end of 11thgrade. There are innumerable ‘matchmaking’ websites for colleges, such as Global Educates, that help you in finding a college based on various criteria like – your financial status and location preferences. You can do some online research on these colleges, send enquiries, and talk to former students to see if these colleges meet your requirements.

Application Process

The application process can be very taxing on the student but an important process nevertheless.

 Tips for Filling an Application Form:

  • Be original, formal, and polite and stick to the character or word limit.
  • List your recent achievements, starting with the most recent.
  • If asked for a ‘personal statement’, use it to tell the college why YOU are the one they need to choose among all applicants. Show how you fit into the college culture and its requirements.
  • Read all the sections of an application form thoroughly and understand what information is needed.

Prepare for the Change

 Although admission in a college of your choice can be quite thrilling, the fun and the hard work are just the beginning. The academic life in a college is quite different from the one you might have witnessed until now. It is true that college is a time for having fun and widening your social circle but for the serious achiever, it is also a time to excel in their field. In the midst of all the socio-cultural activities, do not forget that college is also a place to learn new things and build on your concepts. In most colleges, the lecturer or professor will not make you stand outside the classroom for incomplete assignments and bad behavior; rather they will be friendlier than those who taught you in school. Essentially, this means that you are responsible for your own academic results.


Getting the most out of College

 YES, college is so much more than just academics – cultural events, student club activities, and parties. The best way to increase your social circle is through participation in everything that college has to offer, while balancing out your work load. You will never again have the same opportunities offered in college at any point in life. You will be in a position of enviable stability, once you have checked all the boxes in this checklist. Enjoy this phase of your life, as you will never be as carefree again.

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E-Learning Advantages and Disadvantages

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Ever wanted to study a topic that was not offered in your school or college? Or a topic that is beyond the spectrum of your subject? The answer is, “Yes, you can”! Welcome to the world of e-learning, which gives everybody the chance to explore topics beyond their horizons and gain more insight into a specific area of interest. The use of technology such as, audio, animation, text, streaming videos, for educational purpose is termed as E-learning. Online learning can be undertaken individually or under the supervision of an instructor. The two main options of E-learning for high school students are E-learning using available web resources and Massive Open Online Courses. Let us consider them both.

E-learning using web resources:

Several websites can help students enhance their learning alongside high school learning programs. One such website, for instance, is MIT’s E-learning initiative that offers benefits on a huge variety of educational subjects to both current university students as well as working professionals. The tutorials and online resources complement schoolwork, allowing students to explore classroom topics at their own pace in greater depth and the tutorials can be used to strengthen their understanding of a subject. They can also move beyond their curriculum to discover and explore topics of interest. A Learning, which happens through interaction and visual means is enriching and enhances interest and retention.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):

Some of the popular MOOCs offered today have been started by the best universities in the world, offering free courses from their institutes. Platforms and initiatives such as Udacity by the Stanford University and EdX by Harvard and MIT, allows top universities and professors to share their information with the world and give a student sitting in different corner of the globe, a chance to study something they are passionate about. For instance, Priya Sinha, a fifteen year old student studying in the Delhi Public School in Vasant Kunj, has taken many E-learning courses ranging from design and poetry, reasoning, and music; she enrolled in her first E-learning course when she was in the 8th grade. When asked why, Sinha replied swiftly, “Because this learning is a great supplement to the limited learning that happens in school”.

She points out that, besides giving her an idea as to what she could pursue in college in the future, these programs also opened up her mind to new fields. Although, most of these are college-level courses, anyone is free to register for them and participate. This helps students understand what they can expect out of coursework in college, and specifically, from a course they are interested in pursuing. As with any field of interest, e-learning carries both advantages as well as certain disadvantages, therefore, let’s discuss both in detail.

Here are the E-learning advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of E-learning courses:
  • You can supplement your high-school knowledge by taking college-level courses and take the liberty of pursuing a course that you are really zealous about.
  • You have the option of selecting courses that you are interested in, even if these subjects are out of the domain of your curriculum. For instance, you may be studying a science course in high school, however, an online course allows you the independence of taking a course in English poetry from Wordsworth to Eliot!
  • These courses enable a person to study something about which they are passionate. The discussion board and group chats, offered on E-learning platforms, are advantageous as they lead to interactive learning and provide more a detailed outlook of a particular aspect of the subject.
  • There are a variety of activities and assignments to complete within the courses that can enhance one’s knowledge.
  • It prepares you for how college will be in terms of severity and structure.
  • You can test your competence in a certain area to be ascertain of your interest in the course and whether if you want to take it up in college or not.
  • You gain a sense of confidence and awareness by taking these courses as they are chosen by you.

 Disadvantages of E-learning Courses:

  • E-learning courses are particularly disadvantageous for those who lack motivational skills or suffer from bad study habits.
  • Sometimes, the lack of a routine structure and deadlines, a student may be prey to lack of concentration.
  • Also, the student feels isolated and cannot interact with their peers.
  • An e-learner won’t find anyone to compete with to test their actual progress.
  • It is practically impossible to replicate the effects of hands on training with a virtual classroom based study model.
  • For some, less tech savvy students, shuffling between various online tools may be an arduous task.

Tips to Manage Finances

Ever been in a situation where you find yourself short of money after 10th or 12th day of the month? If yes then fear not, you aren’t the only one facing this problem as most of us who went to college experienced this, when we were short of money because of our continuous appetite for spending unwisely often sent our bank balances to single digits. The urge to spend is never ending, whether it is for that pair of boots at ‘Clarks’ or the new crunchy burger at “Burger King”; managing your money isn’t as simple as it looks. College is also synonymous with young people attaining freedom when they move away from home. Most of us don’t adjust easily to this new routine where we are the managers of our finances.

Not Determining Wants Vs Needs

Even though it sounds pretty basic, many college students try to live outside their means as they haven’t thought about categorizing their expenses into their ‘Wants’ and ‘Needs’. For instance, you understand food is a need and coffee is a want, but some days, a “Starbucks Chocó latte” is sure to feel like a need. However, there are always inexpensive alternatives for your ‘wants’, like in this situation, you can avoid the trip to the coffee shop and brew your own coffee at home.

Top 3 Things College Students Waste their Money On

1.  Automobile

SELL YOUR CAR! DON’T BRING IT TO COLLEGE! Yes, you read it right, owning a car is a lot more than just paying for fuel. With it come other expense like insurance, maintenance, parking costs, those never-ending rides with your friends and the list can be very long.

2.   Housing

It is every individual’s ultimate dream to move in to a house and live individually, leaving behind the mess of the hostel life and the never-ending barbs from the family back at home. Living individually comes with its share of hassles and biggest of them all is the money it costs.

3.   Food Habits

“Ever had a craving for that delicious new donut?” “Or that fresh sandwich?” Yes, we all do, but what we forget is the impact they have on our bank balance. Controlling and channeling your dietary habits is a huge challenge for all of us.

Tips to Manage Finances

Although parents recognize the need to teach their children the importance of personal finance management, many don’t know how to teach them.

Take Charge of your money (and Life)

The best way of taking charge of money is by planning your expenditure and then sticking to it. You should define your financial goals and make plans to reach those goals. Making these small but important changes to your lifestyle can surely help you to manage your finances better.

Get Organized

The best way is to start writing down your expenditures and categorize them. Keeping records also helps in identifying areas where you spend more, which then leads you to make the necessary changes. Making records also helps in meeting deadlines like last date to pay bills, paying tuition fee, etc.

Avoid Credit Cards

Credit cards can lure you to spend without thinking about repayments but the fact is you will have to repay the bank at the end of the month. Credit cards should be an absolute “no go” for students. Stick to a debit card instead.

Develop Good Eating Habits

Avoid consuming to much of junk food and try to cook your own meals. It will not only have a positive impact on your bank balance but also on your health.

Avoid Impulse Purchases

You have to avoid buying something on a whim, before buying a product think about if you really need it or if you can afford it (Wants VS Needs).

Tips to win research funding

With an increase in the number of students wishing to pursue higher education and growing pressure in all disciplines to get grants, winning funding for your research ideas has never looked more improbable. Although, there is no sure shot tip which can guarantee you success, however, the following steps, if followed, can make the process less exasperating.

  1. Start Early

It is highly recommended that you get an early, first-hand experience in grant writing, to get you accustomed to all the minor details. As an early post doctorate or PhD student you start with asking to check out some of the drafts being done at your workplace. This will help you in giving you an idea of the process and get you accustomed with your proposal. Thinking about your funding in advance will not hit your prospects of getting one, rather it will be an advantage of starting early. Also, your doctorate will include funding opportunities for travel grants, equipment, and much more. Winning a funding is a testimony of your abilities and provides significant experience before moving on to more complex, grant proposals.

  1. Why you need the money?

It always helps, if one is always clear about their goals and how they plan to achieve them. Similarly, deciding in advance why you need the money, for instance, to supplement the cost of travel or perhaps to do archival research or to hold a workshop. Scrutinise all possible bodies who give funds, grants, or fellowships that support what you need the money for. Google the relevant leadership notes prudently to utilize your as well as funding body’s time. Also, discuss your ideas with friends, family, or relevant colleagues, including university research support colleagues.

  1. Prioritize your applications

Like all things in life, your application and various grant schemes should always be prioritized on various parameters like relevance, financial assistance, eligibility, and most importantly your personal choice. Start by picking the right scheme and reading the guidance. Mark your application with all your needs and requirements and see if your qualifications meet the application standard. It’s useful to highlight all the achievements and aspects of a good proposal as you might never be sure of what a reviewer will be looking for.

  1. Seek advice!

Start by talking to people who have already won the grant from the institute or organisation you are applying to. For instance, different organisations have different benchmarks and priorities, so it is advisable you follow all the nuances while pitching your ideas; whether it’s a small organisation or a big fish, it is worth finding out about.

  1. Concentrate

The most common and fatal mistake made by an applicant is reluctance to read and answer the queries being asked. Over-confidence is another folly which many suffer from. Getting over-ambitious about what can be achieved in the period of an award. Typically, it is important to focus on what is really important about your proposed research as you will have less space than you would want. Write constructively, and remember to highlight your qualifications. Also, prepare well in advance for question like – why you are the right person.

  1. Remember to ask questions

It is highly recommended that you get in contact with the funder. All organisations, offering grants and funds will always have an email address or a phone number for you to address all your queries. Thus, you can seek answers to any of your queries.

  1. Look for Second opinions on your applications

Initially, your application won’t be reviewed by experts in your specific area. So, ask your friends, family, or guide to review your application and seek answers to questions which are unanswered. Secondly, an outside outlook of your application will help you in addressing all the queries.

  1. Rejection is not the end of the road

Even if you fail, the main advice is to keep trying. Many people, lose all hope with initial rejection and don’t re-submit applications where they can. Look at rejection as a benchmark of improvement. Seek suggestions from reviewers, which can further add value to your application. The fate of your application is not directly proportional to the quality of your application. Look at it as an inspiration to make changes.


Don’t just send the same thing again, but respond to feedback and then try. It can be disappointing if you have put a lot of effort into something but see it as a learning point, and  there is around a 20% success rate, so you have to expect some rejection.

High School Vs College

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Seriously, forget everything you know. Making the transition from school to college is one of the biggest, nerve-wrecking transformations a student has to face.  It is, in many ways, the end of things they hold dear and the beginning of the growth that marks these students as adults in the end. However, while gearing up for college, most students see this phase merely as an extension of their high school years, expecting similar experiences with the kinds of people they’ve interacted with their whole lives.

So, here is a list of all the things that are going to change once you step through those huge gates and gaze at your schedule for the first time.

 

Your social clique doesn’t exist anymore.

While this may be the most obvious change to strike anyone, its true repercussions run a little deeper than just hanging out with people you haven’t know all your life. The biggest change here comes in the form of meeting new types of people and, as a result, possibly being friends with people you probably would’ve overlooked in high school. One of the greatest plus points of this is that you are more likely to learn more about people around you and yourself, which will be quite instrumental in shaping your perspective. With the budding curiosity that comes with meeting new people, you will also start exploring more creative and intellectual outlets than you did in school. So, don’t be surprised when you run into the math whiz from school who can suddenly rock the bass guitar.

 

Self-expression and identity become pivotal issues.

Now that you’ve been thrown into the deep end of the pool without a life jacket, you’re going want to learn a few skills to stay afloat. One of the first things that you’ll notice is that no one actually cares about who you were in school. Now, pause and let that sink in. For those of you who have had a less-than-fortunate high school experience, this is a great chance for reinvention. Of course the idea behind this isn’t to change who you are but to give yourself a chance to be the version of yourself that you’ve always been too shy or too repressed to be. The same goes for people who don’t feel the need for a second chance. No one actually knows the right way to interpret your humor or mood swings or how well you can draw. This is great for you because, let’s face it, while you were surrounded by everyone who knew you since nursery, how much did you have to prove, anyway? Expression leads to better communication, which is a skill that comes in handy no matter what sphere you’re planning to work in.

 

Best teachers don’t give you notes.

This may sound like a dream but there’s a catch – the best teachers don’t give you notes, they talk. Teachers who can teach from experience are the ones you’re going to learn from the most. On the other hand, teachers who throw highlighted notes and excerpts in your face usually don’t have much of an opinion on the subject. Another major change in college is that your teachers will behave a little less like authority figures and a little more like people who are willing to guide you if you need the guidance. Teachers in college are more open to discussions outside the classroom, whether you’re looking for advice on the subject they teach or just want to discuss the latest dystopian universe trilogy out there in the market.

 

Your opinion counts more than the facts.

Well, to be honest, this really depends on what you’re studying but in most cases, teachers don’t really want to know how well you can memorize and recite a textbook without glancing down. They’re more interested in the perspective you’re willing to bring to the classroom and whether you can stand up for your opinion. When you go to college, you’re going to notice that your grades are split up into your tests, exams, projects and participation and while the last is given a lesser percentage in terms of relevance to your final grade (it’s usually around 10-15%), it happens to be one of the most important ways to show you’re learning something in the classroom. The best part about opinionated answers is that there isn’t any right or wrong answer because, as it suggests, it’s your opinion. So, don’t be shy to raise your hand and tell your teacher why you think an idea is wrong.

 

Extra-curricular activities teach you the most.

Here’s one of the best things about college – your extra-curricular activities count. At the end of three years (or four, depending on the college you’re attending), you’ll be surprised when you realize that you’ve picked up managerial skills from the time you directed the annual play, have learnt how to communicate ideas more effectively during your stint in the debate club, have a better understanding of organizational behavior because you joined the student union, are more honest after that long lecture on plagiarism and are more self assured and confident because of all the time you’ve spent meeting deadlines. So, at the end of the day, if you go to your college of choice with an openness towards new experiences and a positive attitude, your college years could very well be the best of your life. However, if you’re expecting your college scene to be exactly like high school, you’re going to be in for a rude awakening.

Go Dutch! Student Life in Netherlands

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Traditionally, the UK, the US, and Australia have been education hubs for students; attracting the best of the talents from around the world. Fascinating campus life, university brand names like the Cambridge, the MIT, London School of business, or the Queensland University have been the primary choices. And apart from the names, the country and standard of living across them has been a major crowd puller. However, moving to these places brings along its own share of stress. It starts with higher cut off scores to sky rocketing tuition fees; and by the end of it all, for many, the dream of moving to the US or the UK stays a dream. Netherlands has been slowly but progressively becoming a major student hub with its traditional architecture, high value of living, and stress-free campuses. In contrast to the UK and the US, Netherlands is a relaxed country with a laid back approach, and this sense is critical to the student experience. People are easy to talk to and helpful; college campus have a distinct architecture which is a welcome attraction from monotonous lives most of us lead, and standard of life at par any developed economy.

Here’s why student life in Netherlands trumps that in “traditional education destination”.

You are part of the place you live

The universities in Netherlands characteristically offer fewer societies; allowing students time to take part in activities in their town or city, where they are studying. Students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities such as local choirs or amateur sports. Students are motivated and encouraged to help organize events like: conferences, seminars, food banks, charities or any other event of social repute. Students can use such events as a way of evading the repetitive studies and do something that is different and fresh. Most importantly, it allows you to meet people from outside the gated community of your college as ultimately you aren’t going to live in a university forever, and this comes out as a perfect preparation for your life ahead.

You can Cycle anywhere (Literally)

Imagine yourself jumping on your bike on a sunny summer’s day to cycle down Amsterdam’s canals. Pretty sublime; isn’t it? However, in Netherlands, it is a daily choir, as you have to cycle to get around, no matter what time of year. Though, cycling in chilling winds of January isn’t always idyllic, but you can’t get your daily exercise without putting any extra effort. It is like the Netherlands was designed specifically for cyclists, the open alleys, a beautiful canal, and archaic buildings; so by far, cycling is the best way to get around.

A heaven for sports fanatics

Youngsters in the Netherlands are brought up playing several sports from a young age and, unlike India, where children are forced to choose one between the studies or sports, they keep this up as they get older. Even girls are motivated to pick a game of their choice. In Netherlands, games and sports are considered an integral part of development of the overall personality. Most of the youngsters have played field hockey, football, and tennis from the moment they could walk. Their teams often aren’t associated with the college, giving youngsters another chance to grow their friend circle.

You can travel (and it won’t cost you a fortune)

At universities in Netherlands, students usually have class modules for around 40 weeks every year. This may sound hellish to Indian students who are used to a holiday after almost every few days; in Netherlands students get a maximum of three weeks off for such holidays. However you will realize you prefer this system to the one followed back home in India, because during your stay there you‘ll have to shape a diverse life for yourself. You can organize day trips to other cities or can explore your college city. The location – in the mid of Western Europe – also allow you to organize cheap weekend trips. One can easily get to Antwerp, Berlin, Cologne, or Madrid in a few hours by coach.

You will learn more

You’ll get more time for academic reading or assignments or to simply go out and witness the historic beauty of the city; reducing stress levels and means your other interests do not hamper your grades. Students in Indian Universities often complain about not having enough time to do everything they want to do. The old cliché of “work hard, play hard” really applies to Netherlands. In comparison, the students in India have to cram about 12 weeks’ worth of work into a four week term, while also doing extracurricular activities like social events or competitions. Ironically, each term at the university feels like a marathon run at sprint pace.

Although the experience of living in Netherlands can be similar in terms of costs and financial status, however, the ‘student-life’ experience is well worth the cost.