Lately, we’ve seen a few posts where students who were all excited to apply and to come to the UK until a few months back are now facing “depression” and regretting their decisions.
First of all, let me give it to you straight. You’ve spent thousands of £’s just to come to the UK. Many of you gave up on well-paying jobs or your parents invested a big chunk of their savings in you, some have left their loved ones behind ( we know long-distance is not easy) and I’m sure you guys miss your friends but now is not the time to start questioning your decisions. With the lockdown over, better times are around the corner and you guys being depressed is making us all sad!
So why is this happening? Where did all the study in UK excitement go? Who is to be blamed here and what can we really do to overcome this.
The biggest culprit here is not you, your feelings not the decision you took. It’s COVID!
Usually, when a student reaches UK, they are welcomed with a week-long Induction week where you get to mingle with other students, make new friends, meet random people at the libraries, cafeteria, societies, etc.
The good news is that UK Universities are expected to resume in-person classes from May 2021! Those reaching in September and ones who are already here will soon be starting their ACTUAL student life.
Ramadan and Eid are a blessing for us, but they’re also probably one of the most difficult times of the year for anyone living abroad. The timing couldn’t be worse for international students as because of covid restrictions you guys are sitting idle at home, waiting all day. You call home for comfort but there are Iftari/Sehri preps going on. You see your favourite pakoray, kachoria being prepared by your loved ones while your siblings are being yelled at to go run and get some last-minute samosay from your fav corner shop! Oh, how you wish you could be there right about that time!! All the memories rush back and tears start flowing.
EVERYONE GOES THROUGH THIS. The tough ones too! and it’s completely normal.
Will this feeling change? Probably not for a while but;
1. UK Universities are opening up again from May. You WILL bounce back from this feeling the moment you start going to Uni.
2. Most of you are here for just 1 year PG programme. This time shall pass in a blink! Trust me on this. Once your degree is over, things will change. We will be back to normality (InshaAllah) Most of you WILL have jobs or set up your own businesses and within two years of your PSW, inshaAllah a lot of you will be progressing on to Skilled Worker Visa, startup-visa, innovator visas, or probably get married and settled. Those who are not able to get any of those will still be able to continue their education.
3. IF YOU WANT TO BE HERE IN THE UK AND GET A PASSPORT, YOU CAN DO IT!
Finally, don’t forget that we are slowly building a strong community of Pakistani’s here in the UK. We never had this kind of community support here!! In months, years to come you’ll be getting lots of opportunities from within this group and I will do everything in my power to help and advise each and every one of you with your next plans within the UK. May it be an extension or visa-related or helping you figure out different ways to earn (rather than traditional odd jobs).
It’s time we take a grip on our emotions. Think constructively and try to keep yourself distracted.
Good luck with everything, inshaAllah it’ll be all okay!!