Getting admitted into a foreign high school or university is enough testimony that you are intelligent. However, intelligence isn’t what made you pass the admission exams and interview. It’s more than that. You applied some principles and walked some ways that made your intelligence count.
These principles that made you successful when you were in your home country may not work perfectly in a foreign country. A lot of things will be different: your friends, your environment, your schedules, your finances, your tutors, your examinations, and even your language may change.
However, you don’t need to worry about these changes. We will show you the top ten principles that will replicate your home successes abroad.
1. Be Focused
When you land in your study country, many things will attract you. You will see, you will hear and you will read about the fantasies of the place. You will become tempted to visit places spend outside your budget and work outside your schedules.
Therefore, before you leave your home country, set your goals and is determined to achieve them. Avoid dredging. Stay on your predominant priority. Let your study come first. Be focused on why you travelled.
2. Ask Questions
You will need to make a lot of decisions, especially on your first days abroad. Where is the best place to live? What is the cheapest transport means? Where do you buy the textbooks you need? These and many more questions will make a chunk of your daily interactions.
Don’t be scared or shy about your questions, ask them. This will save you a lot in the long run. For example, you don’t want to rent an apartment in an insecure area or a place where power is unstable, or water is hard to find. Ask questions before you make decisions.
3. Make Your Room Study Friendly
When you eventually get an apartment, be quick to make it study friendly. De-clutter your reading table. Let everything around you point you to study. Get the best lights. Keep every source of distractions away. Face a direction that is away from your window. Make your room a personal library.
4. Start Early, Work Everyday
The line that leads to this point is self-explanatory. Do everything you need to do early, and do them every day. Go to bed early, and get up early. Be punctual in class. Review your notes and starts daily.
Do your assignments immediately and submit when due. Start preparing for your tests and exams many weeks before the scheduled date. Be on time, work every time.
5. Attract Your Peer Network
Don’t be in haste to make friends. It is noble to be lonely until you find the best persons that will help achieve your ultimate goals. This is best achieved by staying alone and letting everyone who you come across know your ultimate goal.
Those who share the same vision with you will come around, and you’ll gain more with a team of many versions of yourself. Attract your likes by focusing on your personal goals.
6. Have a Thorough Schedule, Manage Your Time
Your school timetable should be a piece in your timetable. Each day you must have a To-do list that will order your day, and you must be thorough with it. Poor time management is the albatross of many students abroad because the time zone of their study country differs from that of their home country.
To gain mastery over your time and make the best out of each second, you must have a well-planned out schedule. You can use Google Calendar or an App like MyStudyLifeApp. Plan your life, and you’ll manage your time.
7. Manage Your Finances, Earn if You Can
Money is the oil that keeps your study wheels rolling. You need money for your everyday expenses as well as your emergencies. In addition to this, studying abroad is also an opportunity to explore and see a new world. You will need money to go to the movies, participate in the local festivals and other campus funfairs.
So, you need to manage what you already have and spend on only important things. If your schedules permit, you can do other things like teaching, freelancing, and working part-time or during weekends to earn more money. Manage what you have and earn what you can.
8. Take Care of Your Health
Your health is your greatest asset. You must guard it jealously. So ensure you make out time to relax. Eat healthy meals. Get enough sleep. Exercise regularly. Avoid Tobacco and alcohol. Keep your clinic schedules and always seek medical help for any emergencies. Everything is because you are. Stay healthy.
9. Become a Corporate Intellect
Everything you need to learn to be truly educated won’t be taught in the class. You have a lot to learn from generic seminars, public lectures, film shows, debates and conferences. Most of these things aren’t part of your curriculum, but they will add to your education.
You need to make out time to participate in extracurricular activities like school unionism and sporting events. You will learn other skills for interpersonal relationships, communication and leadership. Don’t just graduate as a professional. Graduate as a corporate intellectual. Learn other things outside your curriculum.
10. Take Inventory
Always review your activities in school at the end of each day, week, month and semester. Always take inventory of your study life abroad. Are you working towards your goals? Are you getting the desired results? What are your challenges? What are your strong points?
This kind of personal introspection will help you stay on track and grow. You may have identified challenges. However, don’t be disappointed. Everyone has theirs. Stay motivated all through. Remember, what you can’t track, you can’t grow.
No one wants to travel abroad to study and return home without success. The journey to success is hinged on many principles. If you are passionate about making the best of your overseas study and coming out successfully, then give closer attention to the tips on this page.