3 Tips To Help International Students Adjust To a New Country
Leaving home and coming to another country is not easy, it is natural to be nervous that it would be a really big college and university and how will you adapt here. You thought that you might get a little bit lost but worry not, in this article, I’ll tell you some tips that will help you to adapt as an international student in any country.
Are you planning on moving abroad? Prepare yourself with our handy tips to adjust to the new country!
1. Expanding Your Network of Friends
Are you someone who is an introvert? Are you not comfortable or feel shy talking to strangers? Well, you need to change your personality and be brave now. For an international student, falling into the comfortable trap of only hanging out with friends from home country can be difficult. Get out of your comfort zone and find people to get along with.
If you want to feel connected to the community, you must be active, and brave enough to talk to people and make friendships with locals. You should go out, join various groups, club to meet new people and expand your network.
I would recommend making friends in your classes, people that you just run into in the hallways, in your department and trying to get to know the different cultures through them. Because what you see about one country’s culture in movies is not entirely true and the real culture and real-life is different from that.
2. Explore new things and get involved in nearby activities
Don’t simply hide yourself in your room or only hang out with people of your culture or country. You need to get out of your comfort zone to explore famous cultural sites and activities in the country you are residing now.
You are in a new country surrounded by different cultures, so why not take advantage of this and learn about a different culture? You will understand another culture only by experiencing it. You must maintain an open mind to observe the cultural knowledge of the country and its people. My advice is to stay positive, open-minded, get involved with student organizations that you might be interested in.
Take classes that are related to the local culture, so you can know and learn about things you wouldn’t otherwise.
You should also explore your neighborhood, so that you aren’t a stranger to the stores that you’ll need to visit on daily basis like local coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and the post office.
3. Join a club of your interest
If you want to make the international student transition easier, you need to be open-minded and get involved in different activities. It is the best way to adapt to a new culture. Many activities are organized by departments, they tend to organize talks, lectures, social activities and clubs. Take advantage of them.
Join different clubs and activities so you could meet new people. You can choose a club of sports, literature, creativity, drama depending upon your interests.
When you meet a person with same interests in any country, no matter what language or color, if you have something in common, you get connected with them easily. This way you will not feel alone and will be able to easily adapt to your new lifestyle.
Every day you learn and find out new things. It’s like a journey, I would say, an adventurous journey. Back home you live in a tight-knit family and your parents’ have your back for everything and here, it’s none of that. You must take the responsibility of taking care of yourself and making sure that you’re in a good position to continue with your education. You must go out there, find a club or find someone to hang out with and then the adjustment won’t be an issue at all.
If you have any questions ask your friends or faculties and staff, they are there for you. There is an International Student Service center on most campuses where you can meet advisors and counselors should you need any help. And don’t forget to have a great time because it’s going to add up to some of the best years in your life that you’ll remember all your life.
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