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Studying in The United States

Posted on: 14 July 2016 BY: VPereira

Study abroad is one of the most interesting things that an individual can enjoy in his/her life. Many people think that it is difficult to be away from family, friends, food, and so on. Obviously, it is challenging. However, this is an amazing chance for participants to explore a new place and share their experiences and engage in cross-cultural communication. Here is some advice I'd like to offer to newcomers after visiting the United States:

First of all, what to do when meeting people? - It is always a good idea to smile at everyone you meet because it shows how pretty and friendly you are. This makes it easier to find friends. Also, while living in the new environment, you will need many things, so it is best to ask questions whenever you feel like you are confused about anything. Many people love to help each other; your job is letting them know what you need. No matter what it is, as long as you express your desire for help, there will always be an answer for you. Doing these actions can help you easily adapt to the new environment.

Next, how and where to study? - It is key to making time for everything you want to do. Here, it is paramount to manage your time effectively to balance classes, studies, and extracurricular activities. It is good to plan, prioritize, and schedule everything. Try to follow your schedule, though it is often hard to do so. Also, try as hard as you can not to procrastinate, or else you could get behind in your work. The best place to study is usually the library because it is quiet so you can focus better. It is also not bad if you go study outside (as long as the weather is good) in another library such as a public library in town, in your favorite spot where you love to sit, or in your room, as long as you do not fall asleep or get interrupted by others. The point is to try studying in different places so you can experience many different scenarios and make studying more interesting for you.

Last but definitely not least, what to do besides study? - Apparently, homesickness and culture shock are very common for people moving to a new place. Try to accept everything you face in your new place so that you can remain open to new experiences. It's important to make friends, both local and international. Even though it's normally hard at first, things will work out eventually. Ideally, for your first time in a new place, try not to complain a lot. Observe carefully and understand that there will be many differences between your home country and culture and the new place you are visiting. It is also a good idea to participate in any events that happen on and/or off-campus. Go to recreational places on campus to work out for your body and brain. It is said that university freshmen usually gain 15 pounds in their first semester, so HPER (GYM) is a good solution if you want to stay fit and healthy. More than likely, there are people from all over the world on your campus, which creates many opportunities to share your country and culture and learn about theirs as well.

All in all, college life and studying abroad are amazing and adorable. It may only happen once in your lifetime. Therefore, make sure you use it wisely to create an unforgettable experience in your life that can share with other people. Time is everything, so respect and manage it wisely. Nothing is impossible if you try to do what is wanted. Never giving up is the key. Smile, enjoy yourself, be happy, creative, and wise.