The start of the year is a perfect time to reflect on the achievements of the year that passed and to set the goals for the upcoming one. Many students around the world dream about studying abroad, so here’s a short checklist of New Year’s resolutions that can help you get closer to your dream.
1. Learn a foreign language
If you’re planning on studying in North America, the knowledge of English is essential. Not only it will help you to get your degree but it will broaden your understanding of American or Canadian cultures and it will make your travels easier in the other English-speaking countries around the world. There are many tools to learn the language, from audio recordings to free learning apps, so there is no better time to start learning a new language than now.
2. Become more organized
If you plan on moving to another country to study abroad, you will need to accomplish a lot of preliminary research and collect many documents, such as your home country transcripts and the paperwork to obtain your visa. This can be a long process so organizational skills are a key. Not only they will help you during the preparation period but they will also be very useful once you start studying and will need to juggle many things at the same time.
3. Get healthier
There’s no better time to start eating healthy and exercising than at the beginning of the year because the new year symbolizes the new start. Being a student, it is important to eat healthy, sleep enough hours at night and exercise if time allows. It is also important to have a healthy school-life balance, and to allocate a sufficient amount of time to spend with your family, friends and your loved ones.
4. Join university clubs and meet new friends
One of the major advantages of studying abroad is that you will meet a ton of new friends and acquaintances from different corners of the world. Therefore in order to enrich your social life and to take advantage of the fact that you will get to meet so many interesting and diverse people, you should become a member of the university clubs and actively participate in them. All of the International Study Centers in our universities have the international students groups where you can meet your fellow students and likely future friends.
These are just a few things that can be helpful for you to plan your year ahead while going to study abroad. But there are so many more things you can do to improve your productivity and get on a path of success. Hopefully you will compile your own list of New Year’s resolutions and will be able to accomplish the goals you’ve set up!