How You Can Prepare Before Starting Your Study Abroad
The summer holidays are about to begin, so don't worry, what we have for you is just a few tips for (hopefully) interesting activities which can be ideal if you have free time and feel like doing something.
Let's start easy. How about catching up on the cinematography of the country you are going to study in? You will be ahead of many people, knowing about the culture of the country, which can very well help you fit in easily, you kind of won't be a total stranger, and as well, watching movies is one of the most pleasant ways of studying foreign languages! So here you have some very good reasons to watch a few movies :) Same goes for books, music, whatever your interests, try exploring a little and find some of the surely many cool things that the new country has for you!
Last week we wrote about student jobs and how to prepare for them. Summer can be the ideal opportunity to make yourself that language certificate or sports instructor course which will help you get a side job. And, if that is your case, prepare the little bit of marketing for what you are going to do - such as your personal website or Facebook page, business cards... You can even try to find that job during the summer, two months before everyone will be looking for a job. Or you can think of it now and then, while enjoying the summer.
If you have a spare weekend, try to visit that city you are going to study in - it's great to get to know places still in the summer atmosphere, and again, you will be ahead of all those people who arrive just for the start of the semester, why not? Maybe you can even try to get in touch with your future classmates or schoolmates for such trip...
With two months time ahead you can do a few things that you usually don't have time for, and they might be even very useful to you, but it will still feel like summer and relax.
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