The TO-DO List

Let’s talk about things you are gonna wanna do before bidding your goodbye.

  1. FIND A PLACE TO LIVE

Living in Australia can get expensive when it comes to paying your rent every week. It can cost up to $260 a week, for a shared room, which could be great if you find a good room-mate and can adjust easily. The nearer you get to the city, the university or bus/train stations your rent gets higher and higher. You can always ask you university(if you have one) to help you out for accomodation, but they are usually shared rooms and high prices.

To get a good deal, start exploring way before you actually need one. There are going to be a huge number of results available, try to find the one near to your place of work , an appropriate distance from your public transport stations (if you need one) , and the one that fits your financial constraints.

2. MAKE USE OF THE TIME

There is a lot of things to do before packing your bags. Most importantly, if you are going to have to find work in Australia, do a course, get a certificate, gain experience and volunteer that would help you get a job.

Start applying for jobs online way before you land, because it takes a really really long time to even get short-listed. There are so many sites available online, draft in a super classy resume and a cover letter, and keep posting it in every open job, you think you can do.

3. TAKE CARE OF THE DRIVING LICENCE

Every country has different rules when it comes to approving your driving licence.

Australia has different rules for everyone of its six states. One should definitely look out for the rules and find out how to get a licence. There are a lot of public transport available, yet it gets a little inconvenient, especially at odd hours.

4. MAKE GOOGLE MAPS YOUR BEST FRIEND

In a new country, new city you surely are going to find yourself lost. imagine surrounded by weird, unknown street names, tall, sky-kissing buildings, people walking past you with their earphones blasting songs, while you are standing there trying to find your way.

Start exploring the place on GOOGLE EARTH , zoom in on streets where you will be spending most of your time. Explore the area, find a place that you would love to go regularly, a club you would like to join, a volunteering group that helps you mingle. After all, you have to get out of your apartment and look at the new world around you in reality and not on a lighted screen.

Once you get there, you are going to be surrounded by weird, unknown street names, tall, sky-kissing buildings, people walking past you with their earphones blasting songs.

But guess what?

You got options!

  1. ASK someone. Yes, I know you can be hesitant, but they are just human beings: Homo Sapiens. Ask them, all they are going to do is answer you!
  2. GOOGLE MAPS ! your smart phone is so much more than a screen to update your status. Just search your query, and make your parents believe that the internet is not just evil. From the nearest cafe to a beach far far away, you will get all the information you need, the opening hours, the public transport, the taxis, EVERY-THING.

Keep going … I will see you sooon !

Much love,

Saloni xoxo

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HANG IN THERE!

Remember how excited you were to hop on that plane and just take off ?

Well, I had goals and dreams and a view of the ‘New Me’!

Let me have the honour to give you a summary of how things are going to be, or frankly, how they have been with me. 6 moths in a nutshell :

Brutal reality check anyone?

It is not easy or dreamy, and for sure not what you expect it to be.

Now, I found an apartment before I boarded the Singapore Airlines from New Delhi. So it was one check on the to-do list. I will be giving the details of how to go around in the first week in the next blog. Right now lets just stick to the non-practical approach, shall we?

You are going to be on you A game the first month. I mean you will be getting up before the sun rises, reaching the university twenty minutes before the class starts, full of passion, full of enthusiasm and ready to conquer the world.

Once you turn the calendar on you desk to the next month : whoosh! All the systems you created and your energy just disappears like the sun after 4:00 pm in the winters here.

Imagine the calendar as your energy meter. As the months go by, the pile of pages behind your calendar increases, your energy meter decreases. It is a great metaphor if you ask me. I had twelve months, and now I have six left. I am half as enthusiastic as I were.

Somedays you will want to just run back home, hug your family or friends and never come back here. But deep down you will know your life is here, you came here to build one, independently, all alone, to prove to yourself that you can cook, do your laundry, earn money and get that degree!

SO STICK AROUND!

Smile and get out of the bed, take that bus to that beautiful place you have been dying to visit in this city. Take an impulsive step; make a mistake, get broke, stop being too careful. After all, when else would you do all this, if not now?

It is a long journey, not to success, but to adjustment. New people, new mindset, new principles to follow, and a new you?

All I can say it, it is not a unicorn ride with rainbows in a candy land, it never will be. But you can make it worth it. So do not be heart-broken when things are not going the way you thought they would when you saw that ‘acceptance letter’ , because trust me they are never what you expect.

NEVER!

But again,

JUST HANG IN THERE.


~ Heyyyaa people ! I will be up with another sooner than soon ,

Next up : THE TO-DO LIST

BE ALIVE . MAKE MISTAKES.

Much love, Saloni

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