It’s not unusual for students who are interested in studying in the UK to feel overwhelmed and confused. There may be many ideas and opinions from different sources contributing to this. They may start to overthink certain details and then draw conclusions that lead to an uninformed judgment.
Questions that may concern new students are:
Is the place I have chosen going to be okay? Will the university life suit me? Will I be able to navigate my way through the new places.
There may be many contributing factors that can cause doubt and leave students wondering if they should give their dream of pursuing a qualification by studying in the UK up.
Here are five common fears and how you can get around them:
“Studying abroad is too expensive.” This is a fear that many students have that prevents them from pursuing their dream. It is an undeniable fact that studying abroad is going to be more costly in comparison to studying in your home country. However, the experiences you will gain while studying abroad outweigh the extra costs. Even after finishing the degree you will continue to benefit from the diversity of experiences and the network you will have gained.
“Studying abroad is dangerous” Everyone rightfully fears for their safety when thinking about new places to relocate to. Particularly parents to young adults. And that usually affects the students’ perception. Any place can seem dangerous at first. That is why it’s important to empower yourself with knowledge. It’s better to choose universities that offer clear guidance and secure protocols for international students. We also advise choosing a peer group that will help international students feel secure enough to enjoy their student days while having fun at the university. It’s better to be prepared and think about the steps to take in order to feel secure about their plans.
“Making friends while studying abroad will be too difficult” Making friends has its challenges, even if you are good at it. This is especially true when you are in a new country. Most universities have separate programmes and events to connect with international students. There are also groups that are formed to help students to get to know those with similar concerns. Before you know it, you will be making plans for the weekend with friends you will have for life.
Being homesick Everyone misses home when they’re away. This is something that everyone has to deal with when they are about to embark on their educational journey. The feelings can be daunting and you may start to worry that you might miss on making more memories with your friends and family in your home town. Technology allows us to share special moments with loved ones, even from a distance. You can make video calls or have a Zoom gathering. With love in your hearts for the people, you care about you will always stay connected.
“Will I be satisfied with the career I have chosen?” If you make the best of your circumstances and maximise every opportunity that presents itself, you will surely grow and be successful. Make good life decisions and expose yourself to as many experiences as you can. Remember to utilize your guidance counsellor at the university. And hold yourself accountable and driven in your journey to success.