Following the preceding articles about the most common studying abroad mistakes, here comes the last 2 mistakes student prone on doing while attending international program outside of Indonesia.
9. Only Travels in Groups
“One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” – Thomas Jefferson
It sounds wonderful to take the journey with other students from the same university because you (might) already know each other and the togetherness makes the unfamiliarity less alarming, and yes a close-knit travel mates provide safe haven for you. However, it is extremely important to at least step off to the side for a second and think and travel by yourself. Realize how amazing it is for you to be in the place you are. Take in the sounds, the scenery, and make sure you are not taking this travel experience for granted. Breathe in, breathe out, and be thankful that you are alive, and that you are traveling all the way there to pursue your goal, not other people’s goal.
10. Let Fear Reign
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Don’t miss out on opportunities because of fear or homesickness. Do everything you can in the amount of time you are abroad. Conquer phobias, chance on making new relationships, and stick your neck out wherever possible. Don’t hold back.
There you have it. Do consider these 10 common mistakes, which BAKP Petra split into 4 posts, while studying abroad and aim to eliminate or at least diminish those rotten habits. Learn from this list, write it all down. Make sure you live your semester studying abroad with no regrets because, BAKP Petra repeats: “Your semester studying abroad is bound to be one of the best times in your life. Don’t mess it up!”