Studying abroad comes with some psychological and physical stress. As students move out of their country to study in the US or UK, they meet a new lifestyle, difference in culture, feeding habits and of course a totally different study habit and course structure. A recent poll says some foreign students are getting so stressed they are dropping extra curricular activities to be able to cope with studies.
Another worrisome behaviour is the constant consumption of caffeine and even pills to manage stress levels with some students experiencing emotional distress. International students do face a unique stress when it comes to immigration worries depending on countries. Here are some steps to achieving a stress free study journey.
The first stress students face is with application essays during the admission process. The most important skill to have here is the ability to collect your thoughts into a story the admitting officer can relate to and understand. Some universities have blogs run by their students who share their experiences of putting their future ambitions in writing for their applications. The two most important questions to answer for most essays is – what’s my purpose/what do I want to do and how does studying at this university help?
There is only one way to make this process stress free – follow due process. The biggest problems students face is following shortcuts which they believe are easier but end up having immigration issues upon arrival. Here are some of the key steps:
- Do your best to apply during early decision. This improves your chances of scholarship and as it sounds, your admission arrives early.
- Apply for visa early
- Submit all documents needed by the Embassy
These steps ensure your records are properly kept and there are no hitches
Understanding the Country You Will Live In
This is a crucial part of studying abroad as it exposes the student to what he or she should expect when he gets to his study destination. It is important to learn from the experiences of those who have been to the US or UK and how they fared. Universities have also started publishing their student figures to show diversity ratios and how to make the best of living in the university’s host city. It is also not just about the university or country but the city or state’s life. Another important thing to note is living costs. Some cities are cheap while others are cut throat costly. Planning for all these beforehand save the stress of running out of funds at any point.
For most international students, housing fees are like three times what it is in their country. Only getting to know this on arrival is like a whole stress level unlocked. Endeavour to find out living opportunities at the institution you have been admitted to and if you might be living out of campus, you will need to plan out things like finding a roommate or cheap areas that aren’t far away from college. Some schools have made this easier by creating Facebook pages to meet other students who might be looking out for accommodation. If the opportunity presents itself, take some time to look at the place before moving in.
A huge percentage of college stress can be tied to fees and nothing clears this more than scholarship opportunities. Seeking out scholarship opportunities before arriving in the UK or US is a sure way to have a stress free education. There are increasing scholarship opportunities with all required being the ability to demonstrate need or academic achievements. There are few scholarships available for UK universities, so it is necessary to keep a strong academic record as well as apply early.
Each student has to decide to make his life easy and chart his course to a stress free study. How? Look on the positive side of study life. Join some fun groups – sports, extracurriculars and more. Most importantly, take breaks whenever you can.
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