During the 4 years of college, it would be wonderful to add student exchange into the list of achieved things. If not student exchange, summer program or joint/double degree might be another possible options. Whichever it will be, it is a sure choice that will add spice to your resume. However, international program does not come without a warning. There are some common mistakes new participant might eventually doing while studying abroad hence the red signal blaring loudly at the back of your head. Mind these possible mistakes below.
6. Overdoses on Technology
“In total, users check their smart phones an average of 150 times during a waking day of 16 hours, the research found.” – IBNLive
Disconnect. Do not get that overseas plan. Don’t rush out to find WiFi. Documenting these experiences to share is wonderful, but there is time and place to do so. See the world through your eyes, not a screen. Try to go eat something wonderful, do something amazing, or see something incredibly beautiful and just appreciate it without posting it.
7. Hates on Indonesia
“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni
Always be proud of where you’re from. Never be embarrassed for the stereotypes that may be thrown at you. Instead, teach and prove them wrong. Indonesia is a great country that has a lot to offer those who live in Indonesia or travel to Indonesia as a destination. No matter what, you are representing your country, as well as yourself, when you travel, so give it a good name and make people want to visit Indonesia.
8. Forgets to Journal
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde
Every traveler should have a journal. Not a blog, but a journal to write down with a pen on paper, your experiences. Chronicling your own thoughts as you immerse yourself in another culture is the “real you.” This is your stripped-bare self and will probably turn into your greatest souvenir from the trip.
8 down, 2 more to go. We will stop here for today, but BAKP Petra still have 2 common mistakes to cover on the next article. Stay tune for our next update. Have a good day!