10 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad
Date: January 22nd 2018
Studying abroad is a big decision, so it’s important to be well-informed. Here are 10 things you should know before heading out.
It’s going to be hard.
Culture shock, homesickness, uncertainty… These can all strike at any time. But don’t worry! Just focus on the positives and make the most of your experience.
2. You won’t be fluent by the end of your trip.
But do your best! Learn some key phrases before you leave, and try to interact with locals as much as possible. You only need enough to get by.
3. Plan, plan, plan.
Do plenty of research about your new city while you can. Decide what you must see and work your way down the list!
4. Find time to chill, too.
While you’re busy planning, plan time to relax and enjoy yourself. Party with locals, get a little lost… It’s all part of the experience.
5. Be willing to try new things.
You’re not moving to a whole new country to be the same person you are at home, right? Go out dancing! Eat something weird! Ask a stranger for directions!
6. People may have stereotypes about you.
It’s a thing that happens, okay? Don’t take it personally, and try to be a good example of the country you represent.
7. Make friends.
Being somewhere new can be scary, and even more so if you’re alone. Find someone to bounce your fears (and fun) off of. It’s a win-win.
8. Figure out credits.
You don’t want to get back and find that all your credits don’t count at your home school. Chat with an advisor beforehand to make sure you’re making all the right calls.
9. You can’t prepare for everything.
Life is curveballs, and a few months in a foreign country is sure to include some of those. Stay alert, bring stuff that you find comforting, help your mom download WhatsApp, and get ready to ride the waves.
10. It’s all worth it.
The occasional homesickness, the awkwardness of making new friends, the exhaustion of balancing fun and your studies; it’s all part of one of the most exciting chapters of your life. Roll with it.
"I became way more curious about the world, I want to travel more now, I want to meet more people, learn more things, and I’ve made a lot of friends both Costa Rican and American and from all over the world"