The concept of studying abroad attracts a lot of aspiring students. However, only a few of them are capable of taking the risk. No matter how tempting a new beginning, new country and people look, there will always be something that keeps us from taking the first step. As we grow up into young adults, we begin to imagine our lives away from our comfort zone, into the wild and explore new places.
One such place that intrigues a lot of Indians is Australia. Australia combines night life, multicultural environment, renowned universities, accredited certificates, and assured careers perfectly balanced.
However, acceptance doesn’t come easy! The whole process of searching, applying, and actually boarding the first flight to an alien country, far from home, is scary! Sadly, we do not realize this until we sit on the window seat waving towards the parents and family afar.
Getting accustomed to your new surroundings can be a time-consuming process, but stay calm. If you make yourself ready for the big steps of adaptation, you will then have a light in the dark to look forward to. Without further excitement, here’s an easy guide to face the most common experiences one face before entering the first semester abroad in Australia:
- Face the culture shock like an expert
To say it would be complicated to move from Asia to Australia, is an understatement. However, there are ways in which Australia leads India. People in Australia are patient, more calm and wise; food costs a whooping sum, but be assured of the quantity you are paying for; they understand English, your kind of English; food is interesting; tap waters are drinkable; and people are amiable and generous.
Now that you know whom will you be living with, go pack your bags!
- Australian Universities are different from those at home
Indian institutions work differently from those in Australia. However that does not mean what others think of Australia is perfectly right. You will be expected to work hard, attend every lecture, study with a hundred students at a time, and yet be not complaining. It will be challenging to find no one monitoring your studies, but the early you adjust the better you will perform.
- Look for experts ‘ guidance
Each top foreign university has a help centre, exclusively for international students. These centers run ‘transition programs’ to help students get a gist of the new college life before it begins. The programs conduct week long activities, orientation sessions, skill sharpening workshops, and note-taking strategic sessions. What might intrigue you to take them is that they are free and very helpful.
- Make friends from all over the world
Australia boasts about having a multicultural environment in its classrooms, that it has students from a varied countries across the world. Freshmen year is the time, where making friends will get you going easily. Join hobby classes, student groups having common interests, workshops with class fellows, and the likes. Exchange numbers with those you connect early, chat and hang around to know each other more.
As you will meet students from nerd to studs, it is basically up to you that with whom you can survive your first semester without breaking down.
- Beware for crunch time
Crunches are scary! Remember how hard it was doing crunches during your workout sessions? Well, in Australia, crunch time is short period around week six of first semester when you get your first assignments. Often international students break down at this point and search for other less competitive courses. If you were not able to gear up by this time, you would probably be on that list.
Of course, 6 weeks are too less to be sure about! However, make sure whatever you decide (dropping out/continuing/turning towards new course) now will impact your complete stay in Australia.
There are a plenty of other options when the crunch time comes –
- Take a break! Maybe for a semester or year to restart again later.
- You can also drop some subjects that you find difficult to pursue.
- Last option is switching to other course/university or to even pursue a Vocational training course.
Research well and careful before taking a strong decision. Consult experts and parents for guidance.
- Apply for part-time jobs but limit your timings
It is essential to keep a check on the number of hours you are working, precisely in the first semester. Not only that you are allowed to work for a set number of hours per week, but also working more than your body allows will impact studies. There must be a balance between job and education.
Part-time jobs are required for industry skills, paid work regularly meddles with your capacity to study viably. It’s vital to get the equalization right and especially critical to minimize paid work when your study burden is heaviest around exam times.
To avoid issues, start university with enough money to avoid working for the first semester. Working more over summer (and later in college breaks) and requesting money for Christmas and your birthday will offer you some assistance with building up and keep up a few reserve funds that you can utilize when the university demands increase.
Where you have a decision, attempt to choose education over paid work. Colleges additionally have free money related advices and support centers. See whether you are fit for any scholarships, grants or other funding options and look for support while applying.
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