Having your study abroad dream fulfilled means that you’re going to spend the next couple of years in a foreign land. It is, therefore, necessary for international students to make their university experience a memorable one. Making the most of your study experience is not so difficult after all, in fact, here are a few simple ways to make it happen.
1. Take advantage of tutoring Opportunities
If you have challenges in some courses, take advantage of the tutoring opportunities on campus to boost your grades. Similarly, if you are exceptionally good at certain courses, you can apply to be a tutor to other students as a voluntary or paid service. Apart from the fact that you’ll be adding value, this will also boost your resume.
2. Find an ideal study Space
Having an ideal place to study on campus is key for students because sometimes, the classroom, dorm and library don’t cut it. Fortunately, most campuses have a variety of student lounges, designated quiet areas and department-specific study rooms. Simply find a space that is ideal for your noise preferences and creative inspiration while studying.
3. Acquaint yourself with your Credit Requirements
To be able to get the most out of your university experience, you need to take time out to acquaint yourself with your credit requirements. It is best to do this as a freshman to avoid overlooking specific courses you need to take. Like other students, you want to graduate at the right time with your coursemates.
4. Learn to manage Stress
Studying abroad as a college student can be challenging and stressful sometimes. This is because you have to strike a balance between school, work, family, finances, social and personal life. Carrying all these responsibilities at the same time isn’t always easy that’s why students need to learn to manage stress appropriately. This is a very important way international students can make the most of their university experience.
5. Engage in part-time jobs or Internships
Your study experience affords you the opportunity to take up part-time jobs as well as intern at different organizations. This is relevant because it helps you earn an income, acquire transferrable skills, network with people and boost your resume.
6. Attend extracurricular lectures and seminars.
It is common practice for universities and colleges to invite guest speakers and lecturers to campus for its students. These meetings help international students to learn new things and meet brilliant minds. You could even meet famous guest speakers personally after their talk to ask questions or seek clarifications. Some professors even offer extra credits to students who can prove they attended using their ticket stubs, pictures or videos.