What are those first two weeks at a University abroad really like?
The first two weeks will be a blur of total chaos filled with Google Maps, new faces, new places, and you getting lost almost everywhere you go, you would get to sample new food and new classes. There are so many things to do in the first couple weeks you initially get to your university and your host country before you can say you have truly and successfully transitioned to a new city in a new country all on your own. Some of them are listed below;
GETTING USED TO YOUR SURROUNDING
This place is going to be your home for a while, at least until you graduate so start getting used to it and the best way to do that is by taking walks and exploring the city, this aids you in getting used to your surroundings and your neighborhood. It also helps you to know the short cuts and the right routes to avoid you getting lost in the city.
DEVELOP A LIKING FOR THE CITY
One thing you will notice after some few days is that you will quickly miss things you like about your home country that are not available here but fall in love with things about your new home. You can spend the first few days site seeing and checking out local restaurants and shops and also joining bodies and organizations you find interesting to.
DEVELOP AN AIR OF SELF CONFIDENCE AND INDEPENDENCE
You have to understand it would be you and only you who decides to call the shots and make the decision about what you want to do and how you would like to do it, so developing an air of self confidence in yourself and your decisions is very important.
Circumnavigating time differences can be really difficult at times especially if the two countries are far apart on time and you are used to talking to some people every day. It is best you both agree and make out a schedule time to talk to avoid frustration when you call and they are at sleep.
Yes, I know you are excited about being in a new country and you really busy exploring the place and but you also don’t want to fall sick too, so you cannot afford to forget about self-care and medications. Take time to relax, exercise and have some time to yourself to ease out the stress and tensions related to moving into a new city. You have months after months to explore this new country so take a few nights to always relax.
GET USED TO EATTING EVERYTHING
Food is of a fact undeniably one of the most important aspects of any culture. Restaurants, shops and even fast food joint would be giving you a sample of what kind of food to expect in the days to come, so get used to it, find out those that are good for you, those that are healthy for you and those that causes you stomach upsets so you can always stay away from them in the future. While doing that you can also find cheap restaurants that serves good food and grow a liking for them. Choose wisely.
BUILDING YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK
You can simply start by getting to know and making friends with your roommates and neighbors, you also get to meet people at your classes or at social events. All you need to do is to remember to always be friendly and ready to make new friends.
Best of wishes and good luck!
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