Living and Studying Abroad- How hard it can be?
No curfews, no secret friend’s escapades and absolutely no nagger parents but you need to live alone, manage your finances and adjust with the new culture and the local people. Is it Deal or No Deal?
It seems that it is just yesterday that you enrolled in high school, and now you completed twelfth grade, you are all gear up to taste the absolute freedom, the COLLEGE LIFE! For many who want a remarkable tertiary education, studying abroad will provide you with the most of new experiences that cannot be attained through local education.
Can’t wait to pack your things and go straight to the airport? Yeah, yeah I know guys. I was once on your shoes. But before your plane ticket, here is the good news and bad news of studying abroad. Ready? Read on.
Though the anticipation on studying abroad is nerve wracking, it may be a wise decision to do your little homework on learning their culture and the people of the country of your choice.
What do you think on being Away from family and friends?
Are you worried now? Don’t be, we are just starting.
New place only means new people, new culture and set of friends. You will learn a different culture and lifestyle. And consider everyday as a whole new adventure on seeing and socializing with these people. Is it great? During weekends and your leisure time, you can have the time of the world to visit the beautiful spots and destinations with an insane feeling of being part of their culture and the local people. Probabilities are that you’ll also meet local friends who can bring you around and explore the land with.
Majority of my friends don’t like numbers and dealing with finances like paying monthly bills, budgeting, not to mention Algebra (laughs). In addition, being new to the area, it would be difficult to locate the right place to live. Being unsure of the location well can leave you in for some nasty surprises - like discovering the fact that lodging you paid an entire year’s rent for is actually on an unsavory a section of town.
As I mentioned earlier, one need to do his/her homework, don’t be caught off guard especially you are in a foreign country. Do some research and planned ahead (this is management- free lesson! hehe), you can search the internet for reviews, blogs and discussion boards; surely you can come across on relevant information.
How to socialize and meet new friends?
As they always say there are too many fishes in the sea!
What is the best thing to do when you are stuck for almost 4 years in a foreign land with these good people in the background? Well, there’s no sensible thing to do but to create a long lists of your new friends. This depends, however, on your personality and your social involvement. It might be difficult considering that it looks like you’re starting your social, but school would give you the perfect possibility to mingle with like-minded people who can educate you to their native languages.
While you’re in another country juggling classes, projects and friends, it gets easy to neglect your parents at home. Do not complicate things! As much as possible do not forget to call and send emails to your parents and close friends. You don’t prefer to return home feeling awkward with individuals awaiting a good explanation for the long silence.
If you like to study in fashion school abroad, do ask for a free consultation at our Raffles International Admission Office today!