Being a student while living in a new country comes with several challenges, and at times it might feel overwhelming. As midterm season has just passed, I’ll share the three biggest tips that I have for being a student while abroad.
Don’t let FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) take over:
When first arriving in Seoul, I wanted to make as many friends and memories as possible. I said yes to every invitation to do something that I got. However, I soon realized that I was burning myself out and needed to find the right balance between going out and staying in and doing my work. There are countless opportunities to make new memories while abroad, so don’t be afraid to say no sometimes in order to stay caught up in your classes.
Find your favorite study place:
At times it can be difficult to stay focused if you’re studying alone in your room day in and day out. I found it extremely helpful to find a space outside of your room designated for studying and doing work. For me, this place is a quaint cafe that is a 10-minute walk from my dorm. By going out and being surrounded by other people who are also diligently working, it is easier to stay motivated.
Form study groups:
While it might be a bit nerve-wracking at first, don’t be afraid to reach out to your peers and have study sessions. I’ve found that discussion is one of the best ways to retain information. Forming study groups is not only a way to make new memories and friendships but also a way to actively stay caught up with your workload.
While these might not work for everyone, if you find yourself in a student slump while abroad, try out these tips that have helped me!
*A shortcut through campus on my way to my favorite study cafe
*Delicious study snacks at Cafe Namu