How To Conquer Your Fears About Studying Abroad
Politics and Activism

How To Conquer Your Fears About Studying Abroad

It’s only natural to feel nervous, and it’s far easier to contemplate the risks than look forward to the rewards

How To Conquer Your Fears About Studying Abroad

No one can explore the wide world for you. You have to do it for yourself. When you do, you won’t find yourself alone, but one with everyone, bonded by a shared humanity. And one way to embark on this voyage of self-discovery is by studying abroad. It’s a total immersion experience. You won’t simply get an education--you’ll also get a deeper insight about yourself, a broader understanding about other people, and an intuitive grasp about how life works.

Still, the idea of venturing out into the great unknown can be a little intimidating. It’s only natural to feel nervous, and it’s far easier to contemplate the risks than look forward to the rewards.

Let’s start with your imagined risks and then we’ll go into some of the details about why you’ll discover when you look back on it that it was an uplifting, transformative, and rewarding experience after all.

Some Nervous Questions You Might Be Asking

1. What if I run out of money?

Although this might appear to be a serious, life-or-death question, you have to remember that we now live in the modern world. It’s the age of lightning-fast computers interlinked through a worldwide network. So, if you ever run out of money, you can email or call home to ask your parents to send money online. That’s it. Problem solved.

And, of course, if you’re careful with your money, developing a clear understanding about how much things cost, you may never have to ask for money; so, create a budget, live frugally, and balance the money you’re receiving at regular intervals with the money you’re spending.

2. What if I’m homesick?

You might freak out when you realize how far you are from family and friends, as well as from all your favorite stomping grounds. Find a way to calm down…meditate, go for a walk, see a movie. You get the idea. Then, if this doesn’t work, call home. Use Skype. A familiar voice and face will instantly put your mind at ease.

3. What if I get lost?

Let's suppose you need to go somewhere without any travel companions but then can’t find your way back to campus. It could happen. So, until you’re more familiar with your surroundings and the language, carry around a few phone numbers, a map, and some extra cash. Just knowing you have readily available resources in your back pocket will mitigate any fears you might have about venturing out on your own.

Why You’ll Find It a Wonderful Adventure

There is so much that you’ll get out of your experience that you’ll wonder why you were ever nervous about it at all. In fact, you might look back one day and talk about how this was the best time of your life. You’ll recall your stay in another country with nostalgia, remembering it as a rollicking adventure, one teeming with endless surprises and delightful discoveries.

Here are some of the things that you might tell your grandchildren when you’re on your rocking chair in the front porch and they ask you about your wild youth:

You'll narrate the story about how you.--

  • Met wonderful people and developed some life-long friendships.
  • Gained a new perspective and appreciation for your own culture.
  • Learned to speak another language with the fluency of a native speaker.
  • Transformed into someone with self-confidence, open-mindedness, patience, compassion, and courtesy.
  • Became a freethinker and totally independent in your ways.
  • Learned to be a far better student because you were exposed to a completely different educational system that challenged your study habits

An Unforgettable Experience

While, of course, it’s perfectly natural to be be nervous going to study abroad, you have to remember that 97% of your apprehension is based on imaginary fears about stepping into the unknown.

But here’s the thing: you won’t be alone.

Besides the love and support of your family and friends back home, you’ll also meet many teachers, fellow students, and guidance counselors who will go out of their way to make sure you’re flourishing. Perhaps, the only regret you’ll have about your experience is leaving all your new friends behind in a country you fell in love with.

And, of course, when you get back home and start applying for a job--you'll almost always be the job candidate with the most fascinating resume.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Everything You Need To Know About Macronutrients, Because A Diet Should Be More Than Calories

Pay attention to what you're eating, not just how much you're eating.

Plenty of people are familiar with the "calories in, calories out" (CICO) method of dieting which can be used for losing, gaining, or maintaining weight. This method relies on calculating a person's total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) to ensure that they are not overeating or undereating to achieve their desired weight. TDEE considers a person's height, weight, age, gender, and level of activity to determine what their caloric intake should be — some calculators can factor in body fat percentage as well. When I used a TDEE calculator online, it said that my TDEE would be 1,990 calories if I was trying to maintain my weight, but are all calories created equal? I'd argue that they're not.

It might seem obvious to some of you that 1,990 calories of macaroni and cheese are not healthy at all compared to 1,990 calories of varied foods (fruit, veggies, meat, bread, etc.).

Keep Reading... Show less

Just Because You're Asked To Be In A Wedding, Doesn't Always Mean You Should Say Yes

If you can't invest time, money, and YOURSELF, maybe say no to the offer for the bride's sake!

Being in a wedding is a really big commitment. I personally think if you've never been in one before, you don't understand the time, money, and energy that goes into being a part of it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

If I Unfriend You During The 2020 Election, Yes, It's Personal

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden's plans for Black America matter.

The Black Lives Matter movements have sparked widespread conversations and protests across the nation. With justice not being served for the murders of innocent Black people like Breonna Taylor and absolutely no support from President Donald Trump, this upcoming election is quite important.

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're turning 18, 26, or 34, it is quite normal to find yourself looking for "Mr. Right" — or whichever title prefix relates to you. As someone who is in a similar situation, I've started forcing myself to become aware of my actions and decisions when it comes to any romantic interests — it hasn't been easy in the slightest!

Keep Reading... Show less

Whether you're in an unhealthy relationship currently, you know someone who is, or you just want to have these numbers saved just in case it could one day save someone's life (if not your own), this article is for you. Here are three numbers to save in your contacts ASAP so you can always be safe, both physically and mentally, in every relationship.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Dear Closeted Latina,

You were never alone.

Remember how the Latin world got rocked when Ricky Martin came out?

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

I'll admit it, when I first met you, I wasn't sure how well things were going to work out. Although I didn't know you that well at the time, we seemed to be opposites in almost every way. You were cool, edgy, and laid-back, and I was more awkward, goofy, and anxious.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

It wasn't until I hit 23 years old that I started getting hangovers. It could've been from two glasses of wine or even a margarita at happy hour, the next day, consider me bed-bound until further notice.

Keep Reading... Show less

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments