Studying Abroad Can be Nerve Racking
Studying abroad is something that every person should try, as it exposes you to another culture. The whole journey from choosing a program, to un-packing; from the whole experience is something to remember about. But, if this is the first time for any potential student, the planning phases and preparation stages can be nerve racking.
Where do I want to go? Which organization should I choose? Is it a safe place to learn and study? Will I feel homesick? How do I know if this will work out for me? Many of these questions can be easily be answered by the representative of the organization. They are accustomed to coordinating and suggesting different types of programs, and they can relate to the students needs and feelings. A good organization will have past students who either; volunteers, interns, or is an employee of the company. Past students are a great mediator for connecting potential students to past experiences. Usually, only the experienced is capable of letting us know about the whole experience of going abroad. They can help portray an image of their own experiences, how it feels when you first arrive in the country, meeting the first person in that country, and it might be the airport pick up person. Or perhaps where is the best local eatery, plus the feeling of sitting down, for dinner, with a family that you have never met before. In addition, the good feeling of accomplishing another goal, or what it takes to get through an entire study abroad program.
When you cannot foresee what is in front of you, it is best to ask as much questions, and do plenty of research on your desired location and program. The more you know the better you’re off. Also, plan ahead of time, and pack according to weather, time frame, and comfort. Never be too shy with the questions, especially you are going out of your comfort zone. So, it’s o.k to be nervous, many of us have been there one time before.
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