College can be one of the most memorable parts of one’s life. It is when we leave home and actually get a slight taste of the real world and what it is like being an adult. When most of the people leave home for college it is usually the first time that they every travel to a foreign country without any supervision, and as tempting as it may sound, the initial moments bring with them an immense amount of confusion, anxiety and fear. Even when I left my home town to attend college it was the first time that I had gone to a place where I had no relatives and was without any supervision. I am not afraid to admit that I was as afraid, as I was excited.
The first few moments didn’t really seem that bad, I got to feel like an adult and taste independence from the umbrella of my parent’s advice and cautions. However all this is lost usually within the first week, when the “new place” syndrome goes away and you actually start reminiscing your home town and your family. Food will seem to be your first choice of support, however you should beware.
- Although the term “comfort food” exists for a reason, it isn’t comforting when you suddenly realize you have put on enormous amounts of weight and cannot run to save your life. The best thing to do if you are feeling homesick is to keep yourself occupied by joining a club.
- Learning small talk is also vital, as you will be meeting a lot of people for the first time, and small talk is vital to have a conversation with someone you just met. Additionally I have seen people taking along their blankets pillows and so much other stuff, it would seem as if they are going off to their new home after getting married. Keep in mind the weather of the place your are going to, and pack accordingly.
- Drinking is OVER RATED! Many ex drinkers will tell you the same thing, the charm doesn’t last as long. Most importantly drinking is Haram in Islam. So don’t let peer pressure get to you. Having fun and getting drunk don’t necessarily have to be related.
- You will make new friends and most probably lose touch with several old ones, so no need to worry.
- Additionally since your parents have entrusted you to an extent to send you to a foreign country alone, to study, you are now responsible for all your actions, no longer can you blame someone else for not performing well in the exams.
- Studying in a foreign country is not at all expensive and unless you inherited a lot of money before going to college, it is more than likely your parents will be paying for everything. Hence it is important to realize actually how valuable money is. Keeping this in mind, make a budget for your spending and stay under it.
- Finally, just make most out of your college experience these are the best days of your life.
Source: Destination Jeddah
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