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Dear Mita,
I have just completed my third year of university in Applied Nutrition and Food Science. I got Second Class results in my first and second years but hope to get brilliant grades in my third and fourth years. I'm the only son of my parents and am trying to get by as my family has financial problems. After doing my SAT, IELTS or TOEFL, I want to get a PhD. from Australia, the US or UK. But I might not be able to, as I can't afford it. I'm ashamed to talk to anyone about it. Should I still try for a PhD. or not? Please give me some advice.

Dear MAK,
If you are determined then there is no reason why you should not go for a PhD. There are many students with financial problems who end up achieving brilliants results and go for higher studies. If you get excellent grades you might get a scholarship and all your concerns will be addressed. Therefore, keep your ambitions high and always aim for the sky.

Dear Mita,
I live in a hostel in Dhaka. My roommate is from the same university as me. He is in a long-distance relationship and keeps in touch with his girlfriend over cell phone. He also goes to see her in her district. But currently there is something wrong with her cell phone and they can't keep in touch as much. I told him that either the girl should come to Dhaka or she must try and call him like before. She is unable to do either. Her parents are also looking for a groom for her and my roommate is very frustrated. What should he do?
A Roommate

Dear Roommate,
It is rare that a relationship will break down due to unavailability of a phone. If they are serious about each other then they will surely find a solution. As for the girl's family looking for a groom for the girl. Well, all I can say is that the girl should refuse to marry unless she wants to.

Dear Mita,
I am a 19-year-old boy studying BBA at a public university. My problem is that I want to go abroad right now. But my parents want me to go after I graduate. But life seems to me very difficult over here, especially because I think Dhaka city is becoming extremely over-populated and is affecting my life negatively. I am in a complete dilemma. Please tell me what should I do.

Dear GR,
I am sorry but I agree with your parents. You should complete your graduation before going. As millions of people are living in Dhaka city and surviving, I am sure that you will also. There is no doubt that Dhaka is an over-populated, polluted city and life for many is not easy. However, you do not fall in that category. For people of your class, the city provides all the amenities needed for a fairly comfortable life. Therefore, have patience, listen to your parents and concentrate on your studies.

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