Getting admission in a foreign university and flying away to study abroad is slightly like being in an online dating romance with your country. As the first impression, you were drawn by the witty profile, amazing culture, and stunning landscapes. You instantly fell in love after seeing the photos. You cannot stop thinking about your online love affair and imagine all the beautiful things you be doing in that city.
Then comes the day to finally meet the love you have been dreaming of for months. But unfortunately, everything is not quite the same lovely as you thought it would be. This is where your slice of heaven appears not so heavenly.
You suddenly begin to feel betrayed that your country mislead you on a few things. They didn’t tell you it would be so noisy or that trash and broken pipelines weren’t handled in the perfectly responsibly way as it was showed online. They didn’t let you know of the dump yard view from your windows in the city. You think your expectations about the new life were too high, but the reality is that you just put them in the wrong things.
Your new destination might not always please your imagination, and your educational consultant may not be able to understand your disappointment, that doesn’t mean you let this ruin your trip!
Transitioning into a new city is difficult for even an experienced traveler. Combine that with disappointment in your new home for the next few months to come and you have an awful recipe for a bad trip. So how to deal with everything if you don’t feel like your destination is up to par with your mental images?
- First things first – you need to clear your mind of all the flowery landscapes. We know it’s hard but get rid of them all. If you don’t expect anything, we guarantee you that you will be amazed by everything that is going to happen.
- Secondly, look for five things you do love about your destination now that you’re here. Be it the dog walkers everywhere in the morning that you love, or the fact that they have the best street food, find something you love.
- Now, talk about that stuff! You definitely aren’t the only person who is feeling like this. Talking it out with others will help you realize you’re not alone.
Finally, look out for the reasons why all the things that drive you crazy will benefit you in the long run. Obviously, they cannot get recycled but that makes you appreciate it in your country much more. It might even spark a passion you never knew you had! Make something positive out of your Study in UK experience.