Stepping into a college is an experience. Stepping into a college, in another country is a thrilling experience. A scholar undergoes a drastic change in the ambiance, culture, people, social status, demography, and even food!
When you’ve decided to step out of the country to learn, you should be elastic enough to adapt to the new and invite the new culture with open arms. This not only makes you more skilled, it makes you adapt to the change that will surely help you in the longer run.
However, the students should refrain from these practices for a smooth transition and making the learning outcomes more fruitful.
List of Top 10 Mistakes International Students Make After Coming Onshore
1) Choosing friends and peer circle.
The countries are a melting pot of culture, where students like you from different nationalities gather together. So why to restrict yourselves by just being friends with the student from your home country?
Reach out to new people. Who knows you can learn their language pretty quick.
2) Missing out on scholarships
During your initial research and planning, it should be kept in mind the scholarship, funding, and financial aids. This would definitely have a huge impact on your savings and your account would be wisely debited.
3) Attending orientation programs
It’s something that you won’t fancy, but we bet if you attend the orientation ceremony patiently, it will be a fruitful affair as it prepares you for how life would be while pursuing the course.
4) Let the AI and virtual assistants sleep
Technology is essential, but not every day. You should walk out and explore the place on your own. It helps you refresh and gear up for a fresh start
5) Overexpectations are hazardous
Things take time to settle and it all begins at its natural pace. You should understand that it’s not sugar every time, it’s salt that exists too.
Too much baggage- physical and even emotional will cause hassle and stress. Stick to the essentials and if not required, don’t buy new stuff to control the anxiety. Too much logistics can be avoided.
7) Analyze your spending wisely
Plan a proper budget scheme that helps you survive during the study abroad. Look around and negotiate wise deals on groceries, transportation, and clothing. Penny saved is a penny earned. Isn’t it?
8) Waive off the comfort zone
Easy to say, hard to implement but breaking the monotony helps you learn and become wiser. Learning new things, trying out new food, gelling along with fellow scholars from different nations helps you grow.
9) Understanding foreign exchange rates
You should know how the currency rate works. While calculating the cost of education, do ensure that you are doing transactions in an economy that is slightly more developed, hence a little pricey.
10) Involving with the peers and co-curricular
Extracurricular activities, workshops, seminars are boring but they are essential to boost you up. It is a good deal to participate in clubs of interests, you get to learn new things and that sums up to your CV