Leaving your nest to pursue your dreams is quite an enchanting experience for young adults. There are hundreds of universities out there that offer foreign students overseas study plans for three to six months, or you could be opting for bachelor or master level degree programs that’ll take years to finish. You just have to keep yourself positive-minded and accept new challenges, make new friends, and adapt to the stranger world around you that you may not even know how to say hello to. It may seem intimidating at first- getting your documents ready, figuring out what to take along and what to leave at the nest… the list is just too long. Once you understand this stranger world around you, you’ll find yourself at peace!
Getting a go-getter mindset
Before physically preparing yourself for this endeavor, make sure you’ve mentally prepared yourself first. If you already have some relatives out there that are willing to accommodate you, that’s great! You’ll get a headstart into adapting to your new life abroad. However, if you’re on your own, you need to be more vigilant. Spend your days at home researching online platforms about the country you’ll be studying in, it’s cultured, it’s map and the premises of your University/College. It’s best to develop a liking for your intended country of stay so that you relish every moment there.
No strings attached
While you’re mentally preparing yourself to live abroad, prepare yourself to leave behind your hometown, as well. It can be extremely hard to say farewell but you need to stock yourself up on your willpower. An easy trick to detach yourself from your home is to get everything you’ve left pending on your to-do list finally done. Get the month’s dues and bills paid off, your internet subscriptions disconnected, and meet up with all your friends once before you leave. If you leave home with any pending, delayed tasks still hitting the back of your mind, you’ll keep having the urge to rush back.
Be the early bird
Get your passports and visa ready as early as early can be. These documents are your identity in the stranger realm you’ll be staying in. It takes 6-12 months on an average to get yourself a visa, so it just makes sense to get your gear running to avoid running late later on. Make sure your visa will not get expired for the duration you’ll be abroad, too- get an extension to ensure things don’t get troublesome later on. To understand these legalities its highly recommended to hire a mentor who knows more about such travel formalities. That’ll make sure you don’t get confused, and that you don’t get deceived by any travel agency into giving extra funds. There are hundreds of online websites available that offer student counseling and advice that you may utilize.
To pack your belongings you need to plan ahead and see the bigger picture. Take only one travel bag for clothes and shoes, a backpack as your day-carry, and a small purse for money. Do not make the mistake of buying new clothes in your native country and carrying them along as luggage. You’ll only be paying extra for a second bag. Tell your family and friends to avoid giving you heavy gifts such as perfume bottles and clothes too. Every country has malls and shopping areas where you can buy your essentials and having a shopping spree out in a place you need to get familiar to just seems like an intelligent decision to make. Don’t waste space on towels, shampoos and other toiletries. It’s better to leave most of your electronics at home, such as blow dryers or flat irons, since you don’t know how the power levels might fluctuate depending on your location. All in all, your clothes should be able to last you 2-3 weeks, you should stick to 3-4 pairs of shoes, and make sure you know the weather conditions enough to predict whether or not you might need a sweater or coat. Stock up on anything else you might need once you reach your new country of stay.
Don’t let your homesickness slow you
The only way you’ll be connected to your friends and family back home is through your mobile phone or laptop. There’s can’t be any compromise there! Keeping in touch with the people back home can be hard to figure out. For one, don’t buy any international subscriptions in your native country because they’re not worth the cost. Instead, get yourself a new sim card once you’re off your flight. This will give you a cheaper way to connect to the new friends you’ll be making abroad. Get a Wi-Fi plan abroad and connect back home using video calling apps like Whatsapp or Skype.
Being an ace student
You also need to look smart and updated in your new University/College. For that, get an overview of the course you’ll be studying. If you can get a guideline of the study online, that could boost your performance and thinking skills, making you the sharp one in class. You can even have a credible source write you a research report regarding your course plan, the scheme of studies, it’s demand in the professional industry and any other useful details. Making use of online platforms that are directed at empowering students will only give you a headstart at making the best out of your study program abroad.
Some side tips while you’re preparing yourself for your studies abroad are to visit your doctor to make sure you have all your immunizations in check. It’s highly recommended to get a health certificate, and if you’re already on prescribed medicine, stock up on them in your native country and bring them along with you.
Being fully prepared for your study abroad boosts your confidence and ensures you don’t run out of ambition because of minor setbacks. You should fully utilize your time abroad by gaining quality education rather than getting caught up in petty issues of not being able to adjust to your surroundings. The youth of today is mentally capable enough to make smart, efficient decisions for achieving their goals, and that includes you!