Studying Abroad? Here are the few things you should know Part 2
By Evie Harrison
Part 1 of this article can be found HERE
4. Prepare necessary documentation:
First things first, make sure your passport is up-to-date and there is plenty of time before it expires because you don't want to have to run and get your passport renewed on the eleventh hour.
Moreover, countries at times require students to carry student visas so apply for one well in advance as they take time to process.
5. Stay on top of your health:
The last thing you want is to spend crucial days of your trip being unwell and in bed. Therefore, go a little extra mile to keep yourself fit during these months by consuming foods, herbal supplements such as decaffeinated green tea extract and herbal teas that will boost your immunity and help you ward off infections.
Also, don't hesitate to visit local pharmacies if you feel unwell as you can easily acquire basic prescriptions from them. In case of a language barrier, tools like Google Translate will go a long way in enabling you to accurately explain your symptoms to pharmacist(s).
6. Home sickness is real:
Even for the most independent individuals, it is but natural to miss your family and friends when you're in a completely new place. However, it is important that you not let this feeling bog you down to an extent that it effects your life or your studies.
So, whenever you miss your loved ones, reach out and talk to them to stave-off your homesickness. You can also storm local restaurants to indulge in your native cuisine as it will help you connect to your life back home.
Another thing I would recommend is to steer clear of social media websites as they instigate FOMO (fear of missing out). Remember, that while you're overseas, life will carry on for others back home and that's okay because you can always be a part of that change by staying in touch with everyone dear to you. The best part is; you now have a chance to be part of something new – and who knows, something even better!
7. Maintain a balanced approach:
What makes studying abroad a once in a lifetime experience is the fact that it not only allows you to gain education from coveted universities but also opens your eyes and mind to the realities of a foreign culture. I have seen students hesitant to go on trips because they are afraid that they'll miss out on classes.
While such self-restrain is important in keeping your studies on track, especially when you’re on your own; it is important to maintain a balanced approach. Otherwise, you'll end up missing out on experiences that work to add substance to your personality and broaden your outlook on life.
A couple of good benchmarks to help you stay on track; never skip classes, miss assignment deadlines or let your grades go down; if you're able to do all of this then it's perfectly okay to treat yourself to a night out with friends.
Studying abroad is a life changing experience filled with challenges and adventures so prepare as much as you can beforehand, keep an open mind and be prepared to pursue your dreams with perseverance.
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I definitely have WSA to thank for my exceptional experience in Amsterdam. One would think 4 days isn't enough to tour a city but WSA facilitated an optimum weekend full of sightseeing and fun. Amsterdam may have a notorious reputation for its lax drug and sex culture but there’s so much more to the city. Luckily, our tour guide, Arthur, native to the Netherlands, steered us away from the tourist traps and showed us around his beloved city, highlighting all of its gems. I'd definitely like to try other WSA trips in the future. It's hassle free traveling with an awesome itinerary - nice that the tour guides are flexible with the schedule and willing to cater the itinerary to the group's interest! Highly recommend WSA to any student with only a weekend to see a city.Lauren Wallender, Elon University ~ Fall 2014
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