Following last week’s post on common mistakes student usually do when studying abroad, here are the other 3 things you need to avoid for better journey.
3. Hangs in Your Comfort Zone
“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable…but to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman
Along the lines of understanding, also try to be a chameleon. At least taste the food (even the uncommon body part or animal-made food) and buy the funny looking shoes just to see how it feels on your feet. No, it may not be “right” for you, but it will bring you farther out of your comfort zone and deeper into theirs and ultimately make your understanding of your host culture more robust.
4. Acting as if the World Rotating around You
“A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it.” – John Steinbeck
No matter how many times you go over that impeccable timetable or make sure you set your alarm on AM not PM, your travel plans MIGHT go wrong. Accepting it is the first step, bouncing back is the next. If you miss your flight, you may fuss over it a little bit just to blow off some steam and then book another one. Talking to someone next to you might do wonder to recover your mood and the memory stuck in the airport may be more influential than the actual trip itself.
5. Carries Old Baggage
“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Moon
Whether you are boarding the plane or with your new study abroad crew, going abroad is the chance to be who you truly are. Those people around you do not know your past or your dreams. They only know what you give them, so don’t fake it. This is possibly the only time in your life where you can be you.
Up to this point, you have 5 mistakes to avoid during study abroad, some you might have realized even before reading this article. However, truly sticking on the right side of the track as time goes by might be difficult for you, some slips up might come and go. Hopefully, time will help recover the bad habit out of you along the journey.
Have a good day!