Studying abroad is a big decision to make and you should be emotionally prepared for your upcoming journey.
Everything changes. You live by yourself. You know no one. It takes some time to have new friends. It takes even longer time for you to stop, like, “jeez.. if my friends were here, we’d …”. You will have home-sick, not just family, friends but also everything you may have taken for granted like your favorite food at home, your rides through the streets at night just because you want to, the cafes you always hang out and you tell me, eh?
Anxiety. Many unanswered questions. You spend all of your savings or your parents, brothers, sisters sponsor you, will it worth it? What is school gonna be like? What will be your part-time job? Can you afford living here? Is it hard to get a job after graduation? Will you lose friends back home? Lots of wonders.
Excitement. Are you excited about your new adventure? There are many new things that you can see, taste and experience. You can do whatever you want. You can try anything you’re curious about when you see American movies. You make new friends, have new stories that you can’t wait to tell your friends back home.
In short, mixed feelings and uncountable doubts.
One thing we can assure you, you will learn a lot!
Not just from school. You’ll know how to survive, how to protect yourself, how to fight for a job, how to keep one, how to eat the worst food when you have to save up for bills, how to take care of yourself when you’re sick, how hangovers feel like after parties and most importantly, you’ll learn about who you are. Can you try hard enough to become the person you want to be, or else?
It’s gonna be a bumpy road but you will change. In a good way or in a bad way, your choice.
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