By Annalisa Fuochi
For many students, studying at LTC means living in a foreign country and for some it is the first time that they have left home. At first, it can be scary and difficult, but everyone will soon realise that it is an exciting and unique experience.
Here are some useful tips for living in a foreign country:
- BE READY AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Moving to another country is an experience that can help you grow and gain a better and more complete understanding of the world.
Be ready to live in the moment of this new experience, to meet new people, to try something you have never done or thought before, to eat different food and to study hard. Always keeping an open mind will help you loosen up and enjoy these exciting new activities.
- GET INVOLVED
Moving to another country gives you the chance to get to know a new culture and way of living, which you may not be aware of. Get involved in local activities and events, go to exhibitions and talks, and immerse yourself in learning. Try to familiarise yourself with the new culture.
- DO NOT GIVE UP
It is not all about excitement, happiness and fun… hard times will come sooner or later: it is called a “culture shock”. You may start feeling like a fish out of water, you may regret your decision, and you start feeling homesick: all these feelings will go away as soon as they came to you. Do not give up because after the initial tough part, you will begin to feel at home and live life as fully as you can.
- KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Always remember where you come from and if you are feeling homesick or sad, the best way to feel better is always a call to your parents or your best friend: they know how to reassure you and they will remind you about the best and funniest moments you shared, and wonder with you about the future ones.
- MAKE THE MOST OF IT
This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity so therefore you have to make it the best experience ever, enjoy every single moment and take lots of pictures: these will be the memories that will last forever.