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Indian Female

Not when I was a first year student

How we have been brought up is entirely different and we won't be comfortable sharing it to any other people other than our culture. I don’t know, it’ll all depend on the individual though. I have seen many students finding it difficult to communicate to the authorities and yeah, the language barrier is also a problem for many. We don’t understand how we can break the barrier because we are all coming from this background and especially if I look back to my first year that I was here, I was really, you know, all naïve and I didn’t know anything, right? So at that point if something happens, I don’t think I’ll be comfortable going to anyone, because I don’t know anything. I was completely unaware and vulnerable at that point. I would want to break that barrier right now after two years, yes, I would definitely try that, but no, not when I was a first year student.


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