Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Study abroad trips can be the most enjoyable trips only if there is a balance between work and play, study and exploration. You will have to set your own rules, if your program is more flexible, It is important to manage your time well and in ways that allow you to get your work done, learn and have the study abroad experience you desire. Here are a few pointers on managing your precious time abroad: 1) Plan Ahead A realistic budget, responsible money management and a schedule is how you should start planning ahead. You’ll have a good, solid grasp of your bearings and will be able to accommodate unexpected changes without pressure and panic. Do your research, prioritize and keep an open mind. 2) Prioritize One must recognize and respect the purpose of an international stay: “Study Abroad.” Mark all class days and times as rigid no-go zones, do the allocation accordingly and religiously follow your study schedule, make your social commitments and plan trips around your school/ college. 3) Collaborate Form or join a study group! Whether you’re working on a project, studying for an exam or a simple assurance that you’re not falling off track, working with others does the trick most of the time. One can bond well and build some good relationships, have a flow of creative ideas and an added bonus of acquiring information even more than what you can find in a guide book. 4) Start early! Inactive approach should no way be the mantra. Work yourself to get those projects, papers and assignments done and out of the way as soon as possible. This will only help you to not face the critical situation of meeting the deadlines. Try being brave enough and set early deadlines. This will help you get stress-free right before your exams and will give you additional time to revise or even take some day offs to lighten your mood by indulging in relaxing activities. The most important and ultimate mantra is to manage yourself. Make your stay at abroad a happy and learning experience for yourself. In short- Ask questions, seek help and enjoy yourself.