Choosing to study in a foreign country is a major decision for anyone to make. It is understandable that many international students spend a large portion of their time worrying about their grades when they’ve already committed so much to pursuing their education abroad. If you’re one of these overseas students, here are some things you can do other than stress yourself out during your time abroad:
Set goals for yourself
Get enough sleep
Get regular exercise
Spend time on your hobbies/interests
Be with your friends
While each of these seem simple, they are crucial to remember. Taking care of yourself properly will help keep the stress away so you have less worries and more time to breathe.
It should come as no surprise that making the decision to study abroad can greatly impact your life. The quality of your post-secondary education, your career opportunities and the number of likes your photos get on social media can all increase as a result of overseas experience. However none of this changes the fact that you will need to adjust after shifting to a new city or country.
Laura Byager recently published a list of tips that helped her cope after moving from Copenhagen to London. She suggests that after moving, you should:
Be truthful about your feelings
Remember that you don’t have to do things just to fit it
Get to know your new surroundings
Dive into local culture
Get enough exercise
Remind yourself why you decided to travel
Know that it doesn’t have to be forever
Canada Campus Visits Helps Ease Your Transition
If you are serious about completing your education in a foreign country but are hesitant about facing culture shock upon your arrival, Canada Campus Visits is for you. Our campus tours do more than just show you the different facilities on college or university campuses. We take you to different cities in Canada and give you the opportunity to see what they are like first-hand. By seeing what the atmosphere and culture of a campus is like, students will be better prepared when they embark on their study abroad adventure in their new home.
“There are plenty of benefits to packing your bags and traveling the world. Besides trying out exotic foods and learning more about different cultures, traveling can also improve your physical and mental well-being.”
Results of a recent survey suggest that 64% of students rate their stress level while studying at 7 out of 10. Leading causes of stress among students were due dates, exams and the need to balance school work with personal time. Students studying abroad face even more challenges when taking into account factors like culture shock and being away from home. So to help everyone better manage the stresses they might be facing, here are some tips.
Communicate Your Emotions: Writing about your feelings can help manage stress. Sometimes though, you might just need someone to listen to you. Don’t hesitate to contact family and friends back home if you’re in need of someone to share with.
Remain Organized: Managing your schedule allows you to take control over your time. By making sure there is time to spend with friends and not leaving work to the last minute, you can better navigate your busy course syllabus.
Take Care of Yourself: Eat healthy, sleep well and get regular exercise. While these things might seem simple, they each are vital in helping our bodies and minds manage stress and maintain themselves.
Be Mindful: Maybe you don’t practice yoga. That doesn’t mean you can’t still find a quiet place to relax and unwind for a while. It is important to give your brain a break now and then.
Take It In Stride: A little pressure can be a source of motivation. Learn how to use it to propel you forward. Remember not to push yourself too hard though.
A student who made the decision to travel abroad and pursue higher education recently published an article highlighting some of the things I wish he had known prior to beginning his journey. We recommend it to students looking to study in Canada who are in need of a few extra tips.
Location Isn’t Always Everything: Regardless the campus you choose, you’re going to find ways to enjoy yourself. Book a campus tour, see the institutions you like and don’t stress out about whether every single second of your time spent there will be perfect.
Know Why You Want to Study Abroad: Ask yourself what you truly hope to get out of your time abroad. Are you aiming to gain international experience to benefit your career or explore a new part of the world while seeing the sites? Knowing this will help you make decisions going forward.
Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card: Many credit cards and financial institutions will charge you extra fees for overseas transactions. Finding a credit card that avoids this situation while helping your earn cash back on travel related purchases will help your savings last the duration of the trip.
Take Less Pictures: Experiencing the place you’re studying in doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with snapping hundreds of photographs. Try to explore while doing less picture taking. Instagram likes are fine but having stories you can tell is always better.
Leave the City: Don’t be afraid to stray from the beaten path from time to time. Big cities and tourist attractions will likely be the first places you want to visit but remember that smaller towns have plenty of charm too.
Spending time abroad is fun but can be difficult to do when you’re trying to complete your education in a new country. Your study abroad experience may not always go as smoothly as you expect but here are a couple of tips to keep you as stress free as possible.
Swap your Scenery: Whether it’s a coffee shop, on public transit or in a park, don’t be a afraid to come out of your room to study in a new environment. A bit of fresh air never hurts when cramming for a test.
Seek Help When You Need It: New countries and new campuses make for new challenges galore. Should you need assistance with anything, your friends, student counselors and faculty members are usually more than willing to help. Those closest to you want to see you succeed so never be afraid to reach out to them.
Every traveler wants to go on adventures that are important. Travel is an experience that can change your life and studying abroad is no different. In fact, getting an education overseas may be one of the most important adventures you ever go on because of the impact the trip can have on your future. To make the most of your travels, here are a few tips from a recent article:
Read and Research
Learn the Language
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Canada Campus Visits can help you with the first and last entries on this list. Our familiarization tours provide future international students with authentic experiences of campuses and cities that travel magazines and blogs simply can’t. Why read about what a college or university might be like before you study overseas when you can actually spend time in multiple campuses? Make an informed decision and reserve your place on an upcoming Canada Campus Visits tour.