Although it is fun to go on new adventures and explore the new environment while studying abroad, it is important to keep up with your studies. Compared to the U.S., the academic structure here is completely different and has a learning curve of it’s own. It has brought up upheavals in my day-to-day routines. I have more free time, but I must continue to work on the assignments and not wait until the last minute. A helpful technique that has helped me balance my priorities was to create a to-do list.
In the U.S. there are a lot of assignments that get assigned during the semester, but here in the UK there are only essential assignments. For instance, in my ethics course, we have a ten-minute presentation to complete, and it is worth 50% of my grade. In this module, we only have two assignments, so it is essential to do well on them. I was worried regarding the assignment because I was not sure if I was up to the standards the lecturer had for her students that are not international. Although it is intimidating, I reached out to my lecturer explaining how I would like to meet with her about my presentation and to make sure I am on the right track. She did not hesitate to help me with whatever questions I had for her. She was truly amazing and made me feel more confident in my work. It does not hurt to ask questions, even when you think it is stupid. Questions help get a better understanding of the material you are confused about.
Luckily, St. Mary’s offers academic support for study abroad participants. It helps students get a grasp of the new structure and aids us in effective strategies to keep up with the academic commands in the UK. I have attended some sessions, and it has significantly helped me with my papers. I try my best to use all the resources that are offered to help me succeed academically. You have to put in the work to get a great outcome.