This will be a follow up & final post in the Studying Abroad series. In case you missed Part I, you can check it out here. Studying abroad can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Especially if you have no family & friends to keep you company in the initial months. But fear not, it is just a necessary step in life that I strongly suggest all of us to go through.
Now that you are finally in your dream school, you need to make the most of your time there. I personally think that the experience around your stay needs to be greater than just studying and fulfilling that objective. This is because you have travelled far & wide to another area, with a culture completely different from what you are used to.
I will share the following tips purely based on my experience.
I love to travel....pheww. I think that's my dream job, if I could, I would travel everyday of my life. Now that you're in a foreign country, take the time to explore. The world is your oyster for the next year or so. If you are around Europe, getting a Schengen Visa is not so hard. You can use one of my favourite booking sites; Booking.com to get accommodation
This is something I really wanted to do, you know, earn them pounds :D. For some reason, it is always hard to get information about how to get started with the whole work process. Well in the case of the UK, you will need to apply for an NI number. You need this to get work anywhere. It takes about 4 weeks to be sorted out. Once done, you can start trolling the sites for your preferred position.
I am all for bonding with my country men. No doubt, they bring home closer for you. But take time to make friends from different parts of the world. Who knows what may come of it? You could learn a new language, skill or eat the best Chinese food.
I would say enlightenment but that's such a big word...lol. Take the opportunity to attend all these talks, exhibitions, conferences, meet ups and stuff. I remember attending a number of these, it was so interesting to meet up with people that shared the same passions. If it is blogging, design, marketing or whatever you are interested in, there is something you can attend at no cost to learn more.
You have travelled miles to come to this country. Your story cannot only be that you excelled at your Masters or whatever. You need to gain a lot more than that to make you a better person.
So, what are you doing with your time abroad? Making the most or staying cooped up in your room and city?