Here are 7 things I’ve learned during my first time studying abroad:
1. Don’t forget about your classes!!
Even though you’re in a new country and there are so many new things to do and see, your first priority has to be your classes!
2. Do your homework BEFORE traveling on the weekends.
If you plan on going on a mini holiday over the weekend, do any papers/projects before you step on a plane and get in holiday mode. After a weekend spent away you’re going to want to sleep in the next morning.
3. Do your research
When traveling make sure you research places before you go so you don’t waste time walking around wondering what to do. The more time you spend deciding on where you want to go, the less time you actually have to explore! Look into Bus Tours and any buying tickets online beforehand!
4. Don’t eat out every meal
Don’t think you’re missing out if you don’t go out to the pubs with everyone every night. You’ll most likely have access to kitchens in your living situation, and half the abroad experience is going grocery shopping!
5. Use Uber sparingly
Don’t order an Uber if you don’t have international calling and can’t speak the language. If you do not have international calling find a place that can call a taxi for you. If a uber calls you and you can’t answer, you’re going to end up with either a canceled uber or an angry uber driver!
6. Learn the local language – or some of it
Learn basic terms of the language for the country you’re visiting. It can go a long way if you show the locals that you’re trying to communicate with them in their language.
7. It’s okay to stay home
Don’t think you need to travel internationally every weekend. This is a big one that I learned toward the end. Make sure you make time to explore the surrounding area of your school- you want to get the most of the area you’re living in.
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