HSB Reader sent the following email couple of weeks back saying he’s felling lonely and home sick. It is common for students coming to USA. It takes sometime to get used to American lifestyle.
Also, the reader is asking for help with cooking and food for pure vegetarian’s.
I had one other reader who wanted to cover this same topic about adjusting to boring, lonely life in first semester.
Home Sick, Food and Living
I am studying at Florida.
I am a follower of HSB. I got my visa and I came to US for my Master’s.
The place is very boring here and there are no friends,even my roomates go out to work from morning 8 then come back at 12 in the nigth. Some of them are like so so friends.I feel very home sick and very alone… Do u have any idea on how to cope up with this?Ii came in this Spring … I am planning to go to India in the spring holidays for 3months as there is nothing here to do.. Can you please help me…
This place is like a small Village here. There is nothing here. I have to walk about 1 km to go to Walmart.
Do u have any idea for students who are pure vegetarian survive? I know to cook but 80% here is non veg.Hope I get adjusted here soon.
Pure Vegetarian Food in USA
I remembered the following sentence posted by Anisha at Little Scraps of information about American Lifestyle.
If you’re vegetarian and you’re not a good cook, god be with you.
Once my dad walked into a McDonald’s and asked if they had any vegetarian stuff. He was met with a blank, confused expression. Eventually we realized it was silly to have even asked, and my dad ended up having to munch on french fries, and we picked up a cheese pizza on the way home.
You will slowly get used to food habits. Its survival and learning process takes time. First semester is always tough for some.
That’s one shock that one will have to acclimatize to in contrast to India, and particularly in universities that are not in proper cities.
Barely any people, particularly outside university hours.
To a reader in India, it might not appear to be a big deal, but once you start living this life, it does become frustrating at one point of time…so be prepared!!
I’m not sure why there is nothing to do in Florida.
I love the Florida.
Cost of living is less and with beach are nearby.
If your room mates are not home, then make new friends.
Friends shouldn’t be just from India. You see lots of friendly students from other countries and American students.
Hit the Gym in the evenings.
If you are kind of person who never stayed in hostel or lived away from home, it will take a while to adjust to lifestyle in America.
Here is a nice tip for you - Find a girlfriend, your life will get very interesting and time will go by fast.
Florida is one of the best places to live and study. Even in Winter, you temperature will be in 70′s.
Places to see
- Miami -
- Orlando -
- Tampa, Clearwater Beach -
- Disney, Universal, Sea world -
- Vero Beach Mall -
- Key West -
- NASA -
Above all doing the following is Priceless
- White Mocha from Starbucks in Melbourne Beach and sitting on the board walk.
- Playing Beach Volley Ball in Indialantic Beach
- Casino Cruise from Cocoa Beach is priceless
- Watching Space Shuttle Launch from Melbourne Beach
Now, if you are wondering how come I know so much about Florida
It takes time to get used to new lifestyle. Florida is awesome place to live. Once you settle down and get a car, life will be awesome.