12 May International Students – What to Do
Being an international student in a college in North America can have its pros and cons, could be great as well as a living hell. You will have to adapt to a new environment and learn the laws of the society and adapt to their culture. You may be the only person among your friends who moved there and will be arriving there knowing no one. You may have the feeling of loneliness and may get homesick. So how do you overcome this?
As an international student you do have many things that will interest people. Being from another country, people who have either gone there or who are interested in the country may easily get attracted to you. You have experiences from another culture to share with people and people are not insensitive to that.
Make sure that when you reach college, you attend all the preliminary events which are offered both for freshmen and for international students. Make sure you already have a phone and a social account like Facebook. When you get there talk to as many people you can, the first days everyone is excited and will literally talk to anyone. Get the contacts of everyone you felt where interesting and make sure you give them calls from time to time to ask them to hang out. Doing this from every event will guarantee you having about 5 to 10 friends by the end of the first week. Remember most of the friends you make the first week remain your friends till you graduate.
Also if your a freshman, make sure your in a dorm room. Nothing easier than making friends from people in your dorm. Keep your dorm room open, it ensures people will pop by to say hi. It also shows that your warm with people. Take advantage of the international student office. Sometimes the people there are very warm and will help you meet others. Its also an avenue to meet other international students who like you want to make friends. With these little tricks you are sure to have a great time in college.