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Nervous before going on a study abroad exchange ?

Nervous if my accommodation will be fun, and if I'll make friends or not etc. Any help?

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  • 3 months ago
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    Of course, you're nervous. You should be as this is a major challenge. But you would not have been selected for this honor unless the exchange organization thought you could be successful. You have made friends in the past? You'll make friends in the future, too. 

    Parents have rules, and you will have to adjust to very different parenting styles, house rules, ways of doing everything, etc. Get used to the fact you are a guest in your hosts' home. 

    Read up everything you can about the country & city you are going to. Start with a good tourist guide which includes some tips on the culture! Then dig into more. Definitely work on your language skills. Pimsleur & Rosetta Stone are particularly well regarded. Access movies, youtubes, music, news reports, whatever you can to boost your listening skills. Many public libraries have foreign movies, books in various languages, etc. Even if you have studied that particular language in school, immerse yourself in the language before you go to reduce that "panic attack" feeling on arrival at the airport!

    And give yourself time to adjust. Then, just when the first glitz & glamour wear off, you'll probably hit the wall of culture shock. Keep going! That hiccup is common, so plow on through the wall. The other side is magic!

    Source(s): lived, worked, traveled in a couple dozen countries
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  • 3 months ago

    It wont be easy the whole time, but will be the best experience of your life.

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  • 3 months ago

    ANYTHING important in one's life that is about to change is ALWAYS frightening, period! The bigger the change or the more important something is, the more frightening the change. The chances of this being an extremely positive experience for you are overwhelmingly good but not having total control is where the fear comes in. In a worst case scenario you can probably makes changes to improve your situation and in the extremely unlikely event that all else fails, you can go home. If you will be speaking a different language that makes it more frightening but millions of other people have done that and you can too.

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  • drip
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    3 months ago

    Realize there will be ups and downs. Not everything will be bad not everything will be good.

    Being nervous is normal.  It is a big deal. 

    You just need to roll with the new culture. Find yourself a routine.  My daughter spent the summer in England.  It really is a chance of a lifetime. You will gain so much confidence. 

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  • 3 months ago

    You should only be nervous if drafted for Vietnam (or being sent to fight in Iraq). Everything else is easy. Relax and have fun.

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