Life across different time zones


There I was, 2 months ago, waiting to board my flight from India to Belgium, a little nervous and very excited. Nervous to be travelling to a new country in a completely different continent across so many different time zones and excited to encounter a different world, different people, different culture and a new beginning.

Now, here I am, 2 months later, with the same excitement and enthusiasm but just not nervous anymore. Coming and being a part of this amazing school and environment has definitely made a huge impact on me. Every moment since I landed in Brussels airport has been such an adventurous journey and I have enjoyed every single bit of it.

As strange as it may seem, my life across so many different time zones has not changed a lot. People here have just made me feel at home. Though I miss the spicy Indian food but I have learnt to love the fries and waffles equally and of course ‘The Beer’! But one thing that is very different for me, is the most unexpectedly changing weather. For all you know, one minute it’s raining and the next it is warm and sunny. But still it keeps me on my toes and I enjoy the ever-undulating weather of Antwerp.


Meeting so many people from so many different backgrounds, learning about their life and journey has been the most amazing aspect of being at AMS. Standing in the foyer, you can see people from different places in the world having coffee and chatting over the couch just as if they have been friends forever.


Credit must be given where it should be and hence, this one goes to AMS. Organizing activities that helps us get to know and meet people from other courses be it the city game, the international dinner or the cross-program project has helped us in socializing much better. Due to a busy schedule we end up only being with our course-mates but these events provide us with a platform to get to know people from all other courses as well.

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We still have a lot of things to do and see, but so far my view of my life across different time zones is just that: “ I live in a beautiful city by the name Antwerp with great people and delicious food. I study at this exceptionally amazing institute -Antwerp Management School, which keeps me very busy by the week and sleepy by the weekend. My life has been a rollercoaster ride, the excitement never ends and I’m looking forward to the journey ahead”.


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Smitha Shastry
Student of AMS-Master of Global Management; Writing about events and experiences at AMS and around..