Your semester studying abroad is bound to be one of the best time in your life, so DON’T mess it up! It’s an unfortunate reality that you might do the occasional dopey thing while studying abroad, like attempting to travel overland without your passport or packing sweaters for July in Japan without realizing its going to be summer there. However, it’s best to begin your semester with a clear understanding of what everyday activities you have control over that can enrich or detract from your semester abroad. While it’s fun to plan every weekend and dream of how study abroad should be before going, you may find that when you get over there it can sometimes be difficult to follow even your own rules!
The following is a list of those everyday things we may need reminders of now and again while studying abroad. No one wants to come home wishing they had spent their entire semester differently. Here are the first 2 out of 10 common mistakes students make while studying abroad:
1. Knows Nothing about the Host Country
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
If you are committed to studying abroad, study before you come abroad! Start learning about where you will be living, the geography, and the people. It doesn’t hurt to know the surrounding countries, the people’s ways of life, and what language they speak.
2. Uses Only English
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – Kames Michener
If you do not think you can appreciate different language or culture, you are not learning. You don’t have to be perfectly fluent, but try to say hello in their language and listen to those that have different beliefs. Practice every chance you get, even if they speak back to you in English. Language ties people together. Learn as many as you can.
There! 2 of 10 which means we still have 8 more to go.
Check our tomorrow’s update for the rest.
Have a nice day!