Tips for Foreign Exchange Student Program
Spending a semester without a significant other (family) can be quite a thrill when you join the foreign exchange student program. Try these knockout tips to love and spend time with your new family this semester.
First of all, try to prepare a special breakfast instead of your usual cornflakes. The first meal sets the tone of the day so an exceptional day calls for an exceptional meal. Now that you’re by yourself abroad, always pampers yourself before others. Some might meet a host mum who is a brilliant cook whom you can learn some cooking skills from. Offering help might just draw your relationship with your host family closer. Do something for the first time during the duration of stay in the foreign exchange student program. Learning Latin dancing, go carting or bake your own cookies, anything as long as you have never done before or improve a skill you already have is always a healthy way to improve yourself and build your self confidence. You can also surprise your parents when you get back home!
Try to organising a short trip with your host family to get to know them better. You wouldn’t want to be in an awkward moment when you say/ do something wrong. You can also attend a party if you are invited to one. With or without a date, no one said you cannot participate without one. The international network of friends that you make there might just be your most valuable friendship that you make during the duration of stay in the foreign exchange student program. Fourthly, relax all out. Spending half of your day being in your room is not going to help you in any way. The faster you adapt yourself to the new environment, the faster you get to experience all kind of new things/ experience that one can wish for! It is normal to be home sick for the first few days that you arrive in the new city, but don’t let that bring you down. Go out to mingle with your new circle of friends. Before you know it, its time for you to pack your bags and head home!
Take this opportunity to learn a new language. Speak as much as you can in their mother tongue. This can definitely help you to master the language. Don’t be shy, I’m sure your host family don’t expect you to be completely fluent in such a short period of time. After all, there’s nothing to lose on your side.
Foreign exchange student program is an opportunity of a lifetime
Finally, don’t forget to capture all those memories! Take as many pictures as you can while you’re there so that you would never forget the experience and friends that you make during the foreign exchange student program. You can also share the experience you had during this foreign exchange student program with your local friends/ college when you get back. Good things are better when shared.