Settling into Goucher: International perspective

India Kushner
Staff Writer

Vidur Bharatran, known as Vidi to his friends, is a 19-year-old freshman from New Delhi, India. With a wide smile and an easygoing attitude, he says that there simply hasn’t been any culture shock or challenges since arriving at Goucher. He notes that the distance is a little hard. Other than that, he feels completely comfortable. He admits that going to school in the UK probably helped him adjust so quickly.

“I think that just developed me into the person that I was, living there. It was from the age of 14 to 19. You know…the growing years. It kind of molded me into the person I wanted to be.”

When asked what made him pick Goucher, he takes a long pause to think before answering. He had first heard about it from his advisor at high school and had applied to about five other American schools. Goucher was his top school, however, and he applied early decision.
Vidi recalls his second term at his boarding school in Scotland in April 2010. He was applying to schools and decided he should probably visit Goucher since he was applying there, after all. Vidi remembers it being a very sunny day and thinking what an amazing campus it was.

He wanted a real campus atmosphere, rather than going to school in a city, and Goucher had one without a doubt. Initially, he was attracted to the school by the peace studies and theater departments.

When asked what he expected of Goucher, Vidi said that he wasn’t really sure and didn’t actually remember having any expectations of Goucher. He did think that there would be fraternities because there is a stereotype in the UK and India that American colleges are made up of fraternities and sororities. But Vidi was surprised to find that Goucher had no frats. He doesn’t miss this aspect of college life at all though.

Once Vidi arrived, he really liked Goucher, both for the friends he made and the whole atmosphere. One of the first people he met turned out to be originally from India and knew two of Vidi’s closest friends, whom he had grown up with.

“I was surprised to be on a campus with 1,500 students and one of your friends that you just met knows two of your closest friends that you have grown up with.” Since then they have become close friends.

After his first semester at Goucher, Vidi thinks he wants to study theater, but is taking classes this spring in anthropology, psychology, history, English, and communications. Vidi has been interested in theater for a few years. When he first started at boarding school, a teacher suggested he study theater for his O Levels (exams taken in the UK at the age of 16).  He tried theater and found he really enjoyed it, so he continued with it for four years.

Besides theater, Vidi also enjoys playing and watching soccer. “I’m a big football—soccer—fan,” he says, exaggerating “soccer” with an American accent. “I like the pace, the intensity, the drama, the hype, everything about it. It’s just incredible. It’s one of the most intense games to watch if you get into it. “

When he isn’t playing soccer on the fields, Vidi likes listening to music. He often helps one of his friends, who is a DJ, mix together music to play. His music tastes range from The Beatles to Bob Marley to NWA.

When he is home, Vidi shares a love of wildlife photography with his father. He has traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa and both he and his father photograph and videotape the wild.

“We have a big camera that we use because my dad is trying to get some photos in National Geographic. He photographs usually, because he’s a better cameraman than I am. But I’m learning from my dad…I love the wild. I could stay in the wild forever; that’s my place to be.”

Whether he is in the wild, in India, or at Goucher, Vidi seems to be enjoying himself.



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