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How to Survive Your First Week of Study Abroad

Written by ESC Admin on 07 Sep 2020 Posted in Blog

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For all the excitement, imagining, and preparation leading up to your overseas plane journey, the truth for many students is that the first few days of studying abroad can be very overwhelming. After all, no amount of reading, dreaming or chatting about arrangements with friends and family will ever prepare you for what it feels like to finally set foot in a new world which is home to a variety of unfamiliarity, all while realizing that this international place will be your home for the next few weeks, months or more. Indeed, because of the sheer amount of excitement that surrounds, the first week after you arrive in a foreign country to study abroad can be the most difficult for students. Between the sights of the city to an apartment or home live, to the faces that accompany you in college and on the sidewalks, so much is different about you, and trying to manage your newly discovered condition will come with its challenges.

Find a local specialist to communicate with you

Whether you're traveling overseas with a business or enrolling personally in a program at a international university, finding a local specialist to communicate with when you're in the country would be an important step in helping you more confident with your new environment. Remember, it is a smart rule of thumb to bring with you a large amount of cash as a contingency no matter where you are going. Although several places around the world accept credit cards or are fitted with ATM machines, cash is the best safety net for international travel.

While reveling in your newfound freedom overseas can be thrilling right away, don't forget your family back home. Your loved ones deserve to hear that you've made it safely to your new home, so make sure you email them to let them hear that you've landed safely. Know the jet lag is just going to be brief. Now you stay in a different time zone and have to change your inner clock accordingly. Seek to drive your utmost through the days and stick to the nearest time zone. Keep busy, shift, go outside and stay alive until at least 8 p.m. Next few days local time. You will be getting back to normal again within a week.

Whatever adventures can come, you have somewhere to continue. The first few days of studying abroad may be packed with some stressful moments and unforeseen obstacles, but nothing will last forever and the feelings of uneasiness will quickly pass. You’re also setting the pace for the whole semester when you're living overseas for the first few days. Feel proud of your decision to take such a bold risk and appreciate all the ups and downs that come with traveling abroad.

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