Studying abroad is a most rewarding experience. And to make the most of it, here are the mistakes you shouldn’t make once you get there.
Not taking the time to do things alone
When you arrive in a new country, at the beginning, you don’t dare to go out alone and you wait to make friends to discover the city. And that’s a mistake, because trying experiences on your own can be very rewarding. Whether it’s going for a walk on the riverside, visiting a museum that you particularly want to visit, trying that little bouis-bouis that smells delicious or taking a salsa class, it’s a good way to immerse yourself in the culture by making your own opinion and meet new people.
Do not research the city and its surroundings.
While it may sound exciting to take your clicks and slaps and go blind, it would be smarter to find out a little bit about the city you’re going to, including the must-see places to visit and the good tips to make the most of your year abroad and make sure you don’t miss anything. Don’t hesitate to snoop around in the depths of the Internet, to go further than the usual tourist places and discover more original and original things that only locals share.
Don’t go off the beaten track
It can be scary to try new things you don’t know, so you tend to stay in your comfort zone and say no when you are asked to try something a little original. But this is a mistake because whether it is trying new dishes, a special activity in the country or going on an adventure in the pampas, it can be very rewarding and create wonderful memories and anecdotes.
Do not keep a diary
Whether you stay 3 months, 6 months or 1 year, going to study abroad is always a crazy adventure. Between the meetings, the places you visit, the weekends to discover the surroundings and the activities you do to immerse yourself in the culture, you create tons of memories. So many, in fact, that sometimes it’s hard to remember everything. Keeping a diary or blog can be a good way to print out details of your experiences, as well as record your feelings. If writing is not your thing, you can also make a small photo album.
Planning too much
Of course, it can be reassuring to plan your activities and weekends, especially when you find yourself without your family and friends abroad. At least you know what to expect. But where’s the fun in that? While it is necessary to plan certain things in order to get the most out of them, it can’t hurt to be a little spontaneous once in a while. On the contrary, nice surprises can come out of it.