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Posted on: 27 July 2023 BY: ASarmento

Hey everyone, I hope you all are doing awesome! Today, I want to share with you all about things that I did during my school year. It was not easy to navigate loneliness, far away from families and friends, but thankfully there are students here, some of them are my friends that are kind and the people around that really make you feel comfortable and fun. One of my studies abroad objectives was to improve my personal discipline. I viewed the chance to study abroad not just to immerse myself in a new culture and broaden my skill set, but also as a method to build the discipline I needed.
I had a good time for the six months, but I hadn't achieved my aim of developing discipline; I was sleeping all the time, delaying assignments, and so on. By the end of my exchange, I had focused more on my own health rather than just having fun in a new place, and my mind was clearer.
Not everyone will struggle with the transition to studying abroad, but I know some will. College is difficult enough to manage on its own, don’t be concerned; you're not alone.
My advice is based on genuine to yourself. I would not have gotten this far without the help of others around me.

1. Make use of available locations, resources, and relationships.

When it comes to navigating college, taking advantage of the possibilities surrounding you is critical.
One of my friends is my roommate, someone I met in my college dorm. I asked her if I may sit with her in the dining hall, and we became friends.
Take advantage of the library, sit in public places, go around, and just chat to people. Be the first to accomplish something, rather than the last.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I have always been stubborn and stubborn to admit that I needed help. The first step to solving a problem is realizing that you don't have to do it alone. Whether you need advice or knowledge or just someone to help you solve your problems. Finding resources in college can seem daunting because there are so many doors you must go through to find the help you need. If you are ever in this position, please contact your international advisor.

3. Give yourself Grace.
As a student, you must make a lot of sacrifices. As part of being good to yourself, you really have to pay attention to how you treat your brain and body. Nothing is ever worth your own health, physically or mentally. Take your mental health days and give yourself time and space to recover from all the hard work you've done. That's fine. We do the best we can, so give yourself a little more. One of the most significant things I've learned is the ability to forgive myself. Learning to forgive yourself is very important to moving forward.

4. Stay true to yourself.
College is often seen as a time of reinventing yourself repeatedly, but don't feel pressured to be someone you're not. It's about doing things that make you happy, not doing things to change the person you were when you first walked on campus. Prioritize honesty with yourself and others. Give yourself the space and tools to explore who you are, who you want to be, and what you want from the world. Remember all your true core values.

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