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What should you do during your first month abroad?

Written by ESC Admin on 20 Sep 2021 Posted in Blog

Have you considered going abroad to study? Of course, most people find it difficult because it is a big step. However, you will undoubtedly encounter several pleasant surprises that will provide you with lifelong memories. 

Here are some pointers to help you make the most of your first month in a foreign country

Start speaking the language: Learning the language will go a long way in making your year abroad easy to manage. Don't be bashful about it; just do it. The temptation is to just speak English the entire time, but come on, where’s the fun in that! When you Skype your mother and father back home, you can communicate in English or your mother tongue. Don't be a slacker. SPEAK. It's not that difficult; all you have to do is take the first step in reaching out and you will be surprised at the positive response you get.

Il faut s’installer: In French, il faut s’installer means you have to settle in. Place your feet beneath the table. You grossly underestimate how much work there is to be done before you arrive, yet there is a lot. Register for your classes early as well, before they fill up. If they do, you'll be stuck with the extra difficult classes with the unpopular lecturer. Quickly settle in, and then spread your wings like the lovely foreign butterfly you are.

Make new friends: This is self-explanatory. Get out there and mingle. If you live in a hall, go knock on the doors of the five rooms nearest to you. Learn more about them by introducing yourself. It was worth the social awkwardness of being regarded as an eager bean if even one of them is pleasant and nice. It's crucial to get your foot in the door and make new acquaintances in your new country. It will assist you in unexpected ways. Making new friends will help you settle in faster and feel more at ease in your new surroundings. So make a lot of them, and do it quickly.

Go out and Travel: Now, if you're in Europe, this will be a lot easier than if you are on some remote island. Of fact, even a random island has a lot of interesting things to see and do. So leave now. GO. Be bold, daring, and curious while you explore, be adventurous, and be bold, brave, and curious. Make plans to spend your vacation with your new buddies and just go. Keep in mind that this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so what are you waiting for? What's holding you back?

Get to know your local area: Find out where your nearest store is what metro line your nearest station is on, how far your university is, and so on. Another consideration is safety; determine whether or not you are in a secure environment. What is the location of the nearest police station or hospital? You should know your neighborhood like the back of your hand by the end of the first month.

Enjoy the moment: Finally, and most crucially, take pleasure in the now. You've just completed your first month in a foreign nation, complete with a large number of foreign people and, most likely, a foreign language. Remember, as previously stated, that you are on borrowed time. At the same time, don't allow it get the best of you. Feel as if you were a bird. Travel, make friends, pay them visits, go out at night, and enjoy your youth!

You'll look back warmly on your time overseas and hopefully exclaim, "That was one heck of a year!"

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