10 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE (PART 1)
1. Develop a Fresh Perspective
Quite often, the most important things you need to know about a culture are learned by engaging in cultural experiences. Putting aside your own predetermined notions of the way the world is or should be would help you discover the worldviews of those in your host community, and improve your intercultural communication. With time, experience, and observation, the attitudes, values, and presumptions that underlie their behaviors will start to become clear to you.
Making friends during overseas education can be quite challenging, especially if they come from different backgrounds. Hence, to break the ice, volunteering or joining local clubs can be a great asset to connecting with local college students and foreigners in your host community
3. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Breaking away from your comfort zone is not easy. However, deciding to spend quality time with diverse student groups will enhance your intercultural communication, while deepening your understanding of local traditions, and allowing you to form more lasting relationships.
Go on, explore the area, see the sights, and try new things! Visit locations that are not necessarily associated with your study program and create beautiful memories.
5. Keep a journal
Keep a journal of the beautiful memories you create, write on blogs and utilize the diverse social networking sites at your disposal. Good documentation will help you savor your experiences, leading to deeper reflection, and optimal study abroad experience.
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