Moving out is difficult, especially when you’ve spent a long time living in a certain place you called home. However, even though it’s hard to move out, one must embrace change. To ease your separation anxiety and to get you moving forward, here are 5 tips that you could follow to lessen your struggle in moving out.

1. Early birds struggle (and panics) less

Arranging things can be a complete hassle, especially when it’s crammed. Things may get left behind, the room is left dirty, things may be broken since it may just be thrown in a box. It’s stressful. That’s why it’s important to start packing at least a month or two before your moving out date. This way, you can sort things that will be coming home with you, things that will be thrown away, and organize things better.

2. Take your things home by batch or category

It will be difficult to take home everything you own in just one travel, especially when you’ve been living in the dorm for quite some time. In the same dilemma of packing early, it will be easier for you to empty the room if you take your things at home little by little, in batches. The last things you should bring home are the ones most essential such as a few clothing, and maybe bed covers. Prioritize important things such as documents and changing your address from old to new.

3. Workload does not need to come along

There are a LOT of papers, books, and notes involved in schoolwork. In going home, it’s important to sort them out. Bringing them all home would be too much of a load, so make sure to choose carefully on which ones are necessary for you, then throw out the rest. If you have books or notes that were properly kept but you don’t need any more, you can sell them to your college friends, or any student who needs it.

4. Clean up/de-clutter

It’s common decency to clean up after our messes, that’s why it’s essential and polite for you to clean your dorm room before moving out. This is a nice gesture to the next tenant, to the owner, and it’s also your time to reminisce and be nostalgic if you’re that type of person. By doing this, you can also do a thorough checking of the place, if there are any damages or things that you may forget to pack.

Top 5 Tips for Students moving out of Dorm

5. Check for damages and list them

Damages usually mean additional payment since every damage will be charged. It’s important to list every damage you’ve found in your room and be honest about them so there won’t be any additional charges when you finally leave. Pay the fees, if there are any and thank your landlord for letting you stay on their lease.

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For some it is a necessity but for others just a “nice to have”, find a job while studying at the university is a huge opportunity you have to catch in advance.

✎ Here in this blog post, I’ll try to give you some useful tips to get a job while studying.

Let’s start from the beginning! Studying at a University is not an easy step in your life and it requires focus, passion, motivation as well as sacrifices. Considering the latter, they are meant to be under the sphere of reducing or abandoning part of your social life in order to support your future personal and professional career. Even more, you have to know studying at the university is not a joke and all the beautiful things you have spent during high school are going to decrease. And above all, it would be better to find a job meanwhile attending uni courses.

Ok, there are situations where some students are kind of obligated to find a job to fund studies and others where they are just super motivated to start working while studying. However, in both situations, it will be the best choice you could take.

SET UP YOUR MINDSET

Generally speaking, it’s hard to find a job if you’re not mentally ready to do it. I try to explain myself in a clearer way. Until you’re just thinking about working but your mindset is not deeply oriented in pushing efforts in finding it, you won’t be able to start.

For this reason, what I suggest you is setting up your mindset in a way that you feel an insight powerful motivation to start. And trust me, as you are mentally ready, you’ll get into a tunnel full of job opportunities and new realities.

BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND UNIVERSITY

Here it comes the tough part: combine work and university. Honestly, in most cases, it’s quite hard to start a full-time job while studying. But wait, there are a lot of part-time positions out there! And covering this position means combining successfully work and uni courses. Above all, you have nowadays a huge range of part-time positions, from a bartender to an intern in a company. I know, talking about money, clearly, you won’t be paid as a full job but it’s always a good way to start and join the job environment.

As you find the balance, you will be successfully able to coordinate your studies and your daily job tasks.

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WHERE TO FIND JOB OPPORTUNITIES?

In this current digitalized world, you have several ways to find a job position:

  1. LinkedIn: the first thing I suggest you is to fix and set your LinkedIn profile. In fact, many companies are daily posting job position announcements and hiring posts on this Social Media. Thus, sit down, open your laptop, and fill up your profile with all information that shows your experiences, skills and academic background. Afterwards, start sending applications. In the beginning, you won’t receive answers, but over the weeks I’m sure you’ll get positive notifications from LinkedIn.
  2. University Portal: in almost all universities, you have a proper portal where companies publish available job positions for students. In this case, companies are likely in collaboration with your university and they are more open to hiring students. Moreover, it’s easier to find a part-time job in these portals since companies basically know your current situation of student-worker. You can find also study programs that allow you to do an internship before graduating. Just to give you an example, Hof University in Germany offers a Master in Software Engineering where students spend the second year doing a practical internship in industry.
  3. Spread your voice: seems old school, but it’s always a good way! Just ask around about available job positions as well as tell about your motivation to start working. Talk with friends, family and professors of your uni. You could have the chance to find something just spreading your voice!
  4. Other online websites: there are thousands of websites where you can set up your profile (same idea as LinkedIn) and find out job positions. Just surf on the internet and I’m sure you’ll find interesting websites.

WHAT COMES AFTERWARDS?

As you get a job, your life will definitively change. From day one, you’ll feel more responsible for yourself. Above all, I’m sure you’ll be strongly able to combine working hours with your studies (ok, maybe you’ll need some time to settle down!). Most importantly, remember that work means improving your CV. And if you start working at early ages while studying, companies will appreciate it and you’ll likely have more chances to find a great job after graduating.

Last but not least, in most cases, you’ll earn money! And since I’m a student as well, I know that having more money in your pocket during the uni period is something super satisfying and helpful for your daily (and night!!) life.

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We’ve said a bunch of times, Study Abroad is one of the best experience you can do in your life. I know, it’s not an easy choice to take for you and your parents. Moreover, there are many things to take into consideration, and the fear of leaving your comfort zone might be quite heavy.

Here in this blog post, I’ll give you 10 reasons why you should decide to Study Abroad.

Okay, let’s start!

1. Discover the world

I decided to start with this reason because I personally think that study abroad gives you a huge opportunity to discover the world. Our planet is full of opportunities, amazing spots as well as people. By studying abroad, you’ll have the chance to travel and fill up your soul with fascinating worldwide experiences whatever destination you choose.

Keep in mind: world is huge! You’ll find out something new that will help you in several aspects. Above all, you know how is it cool to tell your family ad friends all experiences you’ve done during your period abroad? I strongly think this represents such a great feeling and sensation.

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2. Learn & improve your language skills

When you decide to go studying abroad, you also need to consider that it represents a way to learn and improve your language skills. Over the previous blog posts I’ve written, I’ve always underlined the fact an English knowledge is always required. So, if you are willing to study abroad, make sure to have an acceptable level of English. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an English expert! However, it’s better to have skills that enable you to establish a basic connection with people around you.

Now the good thing comes! I’ve personally experienced that it’s quite easy to improve your language skills. Why? Because starting for day one you’ll start speaking a language different than your native one. And because of this, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to improve your skills after 3 or 4 months living abroad.

As you are an expert in the English language, why don’t you start learning a new language? This is a huge opportunity you won’t probably have in your country anymore. I give you an example.

If you’re studying abroad in Spain, try to start learning Spanish by meeting new locals. However, you can also decide to take some Spanish classes in order to have a language base. Mixing theoretical and practical ways, you will easily learn a new Idioma super useful for your personal and professional career. 

3. Embrace diversity

The third reason I’ve decided to mention is based on the chance to embrace diversity. In my opinion, this is a golden reason that should push you to study abroad.

In fact, when you are in another country you’ll be surrounded by people from worldwide countries. And that’s amazing! By doing this, you’ll hug the diversity and will learn thousands of new cultures. This will help you to evaluate past, present as well as future situations and facts.

Finally, it doesn’t’ matter where you go; you have the opportunity to embrace diversity in every single place.

4. Meet new people

When you go studying abroad, it’s crazy the number of new people you’ll meet. Moreover, it’s quite easy to meet and make new friends. Why? Because most of them are in the same situation as you. For this reason, after a couple of days of adjustment, you’ll build new relationships. I’ve personally experienced there is no day where you cannot find new people. So, don’t worry; you won’t be alone!

5. Build network connections

Super related to the reason above, meet new people means building up network connections. In fact, when you meet someone, you basically create a strong personal and professional network. And network connections enable you to be constantly in contact with people from all around the world, sharing then ideas, memories and opinions. And who knows! Those network connections might be “useful” for you in the future. I explain better myself by giving you an example.

You’re 40 years old and about to start a 3 weeks trip to South America. When you were studying abroad you met friends from that area. This gives you the opportunity to call them and plan a throwback reunion. You’ll meet friends again as well as getting useful tips for your trip. Such a great thing no?

6. Support your professional career

When you go studying abroad, it means study a Master/Bachelor or eventually do an Erasmus. For this reason, you’ll be able to firstly improve your know-how and secondly your CV. Nowadays, companies are way more willing to consider people with experience abroad. Above all, wherever you decide to work, the experience abroad will give you a huge gap in terms of finding a job, in comparison with people who decided not to do it.

Learn more about finding a job while studying, read our Blog Post!

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7. Find the study program that fits your need the best

In many cases, study abroad means also find the study program you weren’t able to find in your country. Here you have my witness: one of the reasons that pushed me to study abroad was actually the fact I found the right master for me out of my country.

If you have difficulties in finding a bachelor or master in your own land, don’t be afraid to check out something abroad. The Study Abroad Portal team is always involved in providing students with innovative study programs abroad. What are you waiting for?

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8. Open to new challenges

Study abroad gives you also the chance to open yourself to new challenges. No matter how long you will live out of your country. This experience will push you to find new challenges and to leave your comfort zone behind.

Just experiencing life abroad, you’ll figure out how it will improve your mindset in facing new horizons.

9. Discover yourself

Moreover, the student’s life abroad has nothing to compare to the one that you could have in your country. You live alone, in a new context with new people and surroundings. All this enables you to discover yourself, your soul and feelings. I honestly think you’re able to fully discover yourself only by having an experience abroad, far from home and ordinary boundaries.

10. Personal experience

Finally, I’d underline that as (and if!!) you decide to come back home, you will be so full of personal, interpersonal and professional experiences that will surely help you in your future life. You’ll instantly see benefits in relation with your friends, family, colleagues as well as with yourself.

Concluding, now that I’ve given you the 10 reasons to study abroad, I hope I’ll sell you the right motivation to consider the chance to go abroad.

Now it’s time to find the study program that fits your needs the best

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Are you looking for Bachelor and considering to study in the Netherlands? This blog post has been designed for you!

In fact, we are going to talk about the TIO University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. TIO University is well known as one of the best universities in the Netherlands in terms of business surroundings, offering high qualified study programs and way of teaching.

Below, I’m going to tell you the 5 reasons why you should choose a Bachelor offered by TIO University, in the Netherlands.

Let’s start with a short introduction…

TIO UNIVERSITY

TIO University of Applied Sciences is a private organization, founded by the business community in the nineteen sixties. Besides, It has establishments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Hengelo, and is oriented in offering business-based bachelors. Above all, their mission is pretty clear: offering personal and intensive professional education that students and businesses rate as excellent. In other words, TIO aims to form quality students, providing them with a valuable way of teaching and updated know-know. Behind the scenes, TIO’s management team daily works to improve the overall quality of the school, trying to find the best solutions for its students.

Now it’s time to figure out the benefits of studying at TIO University of Applied Science and why many students worldwide choose to study here.

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|WHY STUDENTS CHOOSE TIO

According to students, TIO is covering several golden points that make them want to apply there.

Small scale & personal

Tio’s education is very personal. As a proof, this past academic year, the average class consisted of just 11 students. Because of the small classes, you will have extensive personal contact with your lecturers and your fellow students. As far as I’m concerned, this represents a huge opportunity for you in terms of learning, creating a network as well as building up friendly and professional relationships.  

Excellence

TIO stimulates its students to excel by means of e.g. an honours programme, management positions during projects and participation in external competitions. That quality reflects TIO’s high ranking position in terms of Bachelors offered in the Netherlands.

Entrepreneurial

TIO can respond quickly to demands from the industry and to students’ wishes. Moreover, it opens the doors for your future working career, increasing the chance to find a qualified and valuable job.

Motivated students

Studying at TIO is a conscious choice. Above all, being part of the project means working hard to reach personal and professional objectives.

Accelerated studying

It’s important to underline you can earn a bachelor’s degree in just 3 years. That’s a huge opportunity since it allows you to be up to date in case you want to keep up with other studies or start working.

|HIGH-QUALITY PROGRAMMES

As I mentioned before, TIO University focuses on three different bachelor’s degrees. It offers both bachelor courses and vocational training courses. That means you get to study in small groups – circa eleven students per lecture, on average – and receive plenty of personal attention and guidance.

Moreover, it aims to provide students with both theoretical ad practical way of learning. Lecturers use their experience in the industry to create links between the theoretical knowledge you acquire and its practical applications.

  1. Hotel & Event Management: it offers you the best of two worlds: a traditional hotel management degree combined with aspects of event management
  2. International Tourism Management: it combines knowledge of the world of tourism with aspects of e-commerce. This means you will feel right at home in the online world as well
  3. International Business Management: it is based on the International Business (IB) programme and places additional focus on finance and e-commerce.

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|INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Study in the Netherlands at TIO means being surrounded by an international atmosphere. In fact, the university hosts international students periodically. This can be translated as a good chance for you to meet new people, open your mindset and learn more from different cultures. Moreover, you will likely study with people from all around the world, allowing you to create strong and relevant networking relationships, useful for your personal and professional career.

|QUALITY ENSURED

The Assessment panel of the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation) has found the quality care system of Tio to be well constructed. Consequently, a quality mindset is an integrated part of the organization, in part derived from the motivation to offer value for money.

Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management has been was awarded the title of Best Business Degree in the Netherlands for the fifth consecutive year (Higher Education Guide).

|STUDY IN THE NETHERLANDS

Last but not least, TIO is located in the Netherlands, country in constant expansion. For this reason, if you are willing to Study Abroad, it represents a good place where to study abroad, in terms of both personal and working experience. Moreover, The Netherlands is the perfect place to start your international career, since it is the trading centre of the World.

Moreover, study in the Netherlands means developing your own spirit of commerce, open-mindedness towards people from different countries, international ambitions and innovative ways of thinking. Above all, there are so many job opportunities that enable you to enhance your working career. Finally, don’t forget that public transports are super-efficient. And the country has a special focus on sustainability and green ecology. So, the ideal place for international education!

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Every day, thousands of students ready to Study Abroad surf on the internet seeking a Master or Bachelor to study.

We all know this process takes time, effort and in most cases, we end up with a bunch of registrations for random websites. And that means receiving a lot of daily emails with information that likely we don’t need or don’t suit our needs.

Because of my own experience, I know the situation will be the following. After a couple of weeks, you are still at the starting point as the first day, with no idea where to study and the email account full of messages and ads.

But wait, now I have good news for you. The solution is just here! The Study Abroad Portal 

You are likely wondering what The Study Abroad portal is about and why you should choose it instead of other million websites.

Here in this Blog Post, I’m going to tell you what is The Study Abroad Portal, with all its related benefits and functionalities.

Let’s start from the beginning…

WHAT IS THE STUDY ABROAD PORTAL?

The Study Abroad Portal is easily a website that helps you to find out the right University that fits better your needs and requirements. For this reason, it shows you a big range of different campus located worldwide and clearly the study programs they are offering. Moreover, our portal is deeply oriented in offering you the fastest but detailed way to find your next exciting location and study program in order to become more aware of your future studies.

Now the magic is coming!

Above all, The Study Abroad Portal is based on Online Open Days, an informative session (a Webinar) in which you can connect with personnel from your favourite university or business school and make inquiries about content, fees, procedures etc.

Now that I gave you a short but clear idea about The Study Abroad Portal, it’s time to go through the portal’s benefits and functionalities.

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ONLINE OPEN DAYS

As I just mentioned above, The Study Abroad Portal gives you the chance to join free and interactive Online Open Days as well as potential students from around the world to get to know different Universities, Colleges and Business Schools, ask questions and make an informed decision about future studies.

Above all, it represents a huge opportunity in terms of finding out Bachelor/Master’s programs and evaluating different study options. In this way, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your future. In fact, as you sign up for a Webinar you will be directed into an Online Platform where you can interact with the University. Moreover, you have the chance to:

  • Ask questions trough Q&A Panel
  • Get Information about the program, tuition & fees, campus benefits etc.….
  • Hear Student’s testimonies
  • Interact with Experts

Furthermore, we are providing 2 different kinds of Online Open Days:

  1. Live: webinar on a specific date and hour
  2. OnDemand: recorded webinar

For both webinars, you have always the chance to join them whenever you want (and they are free!!).

Read our blog post regarding What is an Online Open Day – Learn more about the functionalities of the Webinars!

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PORTAL STRUCTURE

The Study Abroad Portal has been developed to ensure you a smooth and easy navigation. For this reason, you will find all the Online Open Days with an accessible path. Moreover, the Portal is divided into sections by

  • Country
  • Type of Program
  • Field of study
  • University
  • University looking for you

As you imagine, you will be provided with all the updated universities’ programs and general information. You just need a bunch of clicks and bum! All the information you need will fall in front of your screen!

Moreover, you have another section called “How it Works” where you can figure out the portal functions (but I guess with this blog post you will be already able to use it). At the bottom of the website, we are also providing you with further information such as…

  • About Us
  • Student testimonials
  • Partner
  • Social Network (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Contact Us

In short, we are giving you all useful tips needed to jump into The Study Abroad Portal and find out the right university to study abroad!

Last but not least, you can find the Blog Section were constantly blog posts are published, giving then to students the chance to learn more about studying abroad.

BLOG

Besides the Online Open Days, The Study Abroad Portal has a section called Blog, where you can find many Post about studying abroad. This section helps students a lot. In fact, you will find several Blog Posts regarding:

  • Destinations
  • Study Abroad Tips
  • Why study at a University
  • General Benefits

I strongly suggest taking a look at the Blog Section. You will find curious, refreshing and interesting blog posts with which you can build up a clearer idea about where to study and which university choose for your future career and life. Blog posts are written with different styles, ensuring you both funny and practical tips before deciding to study abroad. Concluding, I’d underline The Study Abroad Portal Blog got the 7th place between 75 awarded Study Abroad Blogs worldwide.

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Here you can find all the Blog Posts

HOW IT HELPS UNIVERSITIES

Until here, I showed you all the awesome benefits The Study Abroad Portal provides to the student. 

But remember… The aim of the portal is also to helps universities to find new and valuable students!

In fact, by giving the chance to interact with students, Online Webinars are built up to “promote” universities and business schools’ programs. In this way, Universities’ image will improve as well as increase the likelihood to enrol new students worldwide. In other words, the portal directly promotes Universities’ Masters & Bachelors by new Online Webinars consistently coming out.

Two for one benefit then!!

NEW HORIZONS

The Web2Present squad is always looking forward to new horizons!

For this reason, we aim to constantly offer an updated portal with the best universities where to start your next step. Besides, we are trying to give you the clearest information you need in order to take the worthiest decision before start studying abroad.

Our coming soon step is to entirely renovate The Study Abroad Portal, making it faster, smooth, minimal and friendly user. Stay tuned!

In this way, we’ll be able to cover a high position in terms of best portals where to find study programs. We’re careful trying to follow you during your entire decision-making stages, providing Online Webinars and Blogs where to catch your upcoming horizons.  

Now that you know how The Study Abroad Portal works, it’s time to find out the University perfect for you!

Let’s read our Blog Post & Join Online Webinars – Universities are waiting for you!

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If anything, University parties are like nothing you have seen before. You will have to develop special skills to survive these university parties, and you better be prepared. So let us tell you our tips for surviving university parties and what types you will find. We will also share some fun anecdotes so that you get a real taste of what it will be!

Types of university parties:

  • University-organized parties: These are not the favorite ones, but sometimes attendance is compulsory.
  • Student association parties: They are actually very nice! They are organized by students or ex-students, who understand how to have fun and enjoy your time. You would be surprised of how well organized they can be (some even have rules). But more about that later.
  • Smaller groups of friends also organize parties in private buildings. These are great to stay safe and meet new people closely.
  • Erasmus parties – Understanding who organizes these parties is a mystery, but whoever does, he or she knows what fun is. These can be the wildest, funniest parties of all.
  • Galas and Balls – Just like the prom dance in high school, these are more ceremonial, but still, they never end well.

Many things happen in university parties, and unfortunately (or not), most people just forget about what happened, due to the side effects of spirituous beverages. And you want to make sure you follow the Uni party etiquette, don´t you? Follow this tutorial to not look like a rookie.

Drinking

No wine in uni parties. No wine. These parties are a celebration of fun and youth, not a celebration of style and class. So do distribute yourself between the “shot” community and the “beer” community, or even better: gravitate from one to the other. Some mixes are allowed, however. Just make sure to never drink them alone, and especially not while wearing a fedora or colorful socks.

Social Aspect

These parties are not about drinking, but about making friends and having fun. They are very social. Be nice and joyful and seek refuge in the community if something does not look right. You will find that these groups are organized in very funny ways, like Facebook groups and boards (where the most stupid quotes of the month are posted) or Informers, where a list of “who hooked up with who/m” is posted every Monday.

Theme parties and dress up

Students are constantly looking for excuses to celebrate, and they have some experience in doing so. From St. Patrick to Noche de Muertos, Oktoberfest to New Year´s Eve, every special event requires a dress up, a special attitude and songs. Also, many parties are held related to sports events (normally, when this or that team has won). Always be prepared, and never turn up with the wrong dress up: you will lose all your cool points.

Pranks

Although student parties are all about respect, pranks are also played in certain situations. For examples, first graders or freshmen go through pranks organized by the older students as a preparation of what is to come. In other cases, is the organizers that go through tests to make sure they can withstand the stress and responsibility.

Games

Leisure is also structured through various games to keep no one bored. These have also evolved over time: Pool and ping pong soon gave way to Beer-Pong and Challenges. Truth or dare (a rather old game by now) gave way to “Never have I ever”. And some card or dice game might still be played, but with the internet world, challenges have become more popular. Be aware that some of these challenges can be dangerous: always be rational and never be the first one trying something!

Wondering if you can survive university parties? Read on…

University parties will require preparation and training, but it is also O.K. to be a bit of a noob in first year: you will gain experience and, as much as you will become a professional after studying in uni, you will also excel in parties by that time. Just remember these basic No-nos:

  • Never drink more than you know you can´t handle. A friend was duct taped to a pole once because he couldn´t stand still after drinking… And there he was left until next morning!
  • Never ignore the Student Association’s Rules, like “never turn your back to the bartender, or never drink alone”. You will find that they all have a practical or social meaning.
  • Long live Rock n´ Roll… but do not destroy property.
  • Never drink and drive. You might have your keys removed by the bartender! One of our friends was taken home in a shopping cart because he couldn´t even stand.
  • Do not steal drinks from people: it is very not nice.
  • Do not drink alone, do not sing alone!

Finally, let´s close this blog with some anecdotes to remember. Check out our Recommended Online Open Days to study abroad and be able to attend these crazy parties. And check out our other blogs on how to survive university (parties, exams, classes…).

Party Stories

  • First graders have a private party and ask to close one of the floors of the pub. However, the waiter had to go up and down and cannot attend the bar the whole time and relies on the security cameras. One of the students realizes that there is a dead angle and that he can steal a bottle from behind the bar and drink for free, but when he tries to jump over the bar, being tipsy and nervous, he falls and faints on impact. When the bartender finds him asleep inside the bar, he carries him outside. He wakes up outside the back entrance with no coat and no way back in.
  • The last bar of the village is closed but the third-year students are not done, and they are very hungry. It is 5 am and nothing is open. No gas station or 24h place to buy food. But they realize that the train has a cafeteria service, and there is one leaving the train in half an hour. So they buy tickets and wait for the half an hour until they can get in the train and rush to the cafeteria wagon. Then they buy literally everything, and when they arrive at the next village and get down, they realize they do not have enough money to buy the tickets back. They just sit there in the station, still tipsy, and with one of them playing a piano that was sitting there in the middle of the train station.

Surviving University, Volume 1: University classes.

University is, for many, the best period of a lifetime. It will prepare you for adulthood and equip you with the knowledge and memories that are worth having. But it is also a very challenging period. There are a series of quests and tasks that you will have to get good at, and we are going to address those here. For you, here it is: Surviving uni, volume 1.

Yes, you went through school and high school. You might think that you know all there is to know and that you will have no problems doing your degree or masters. But be aware, university lessons are different from the ones you had before.

-Teachers-

Teachers are definitely more knowledgeable in uni. If you have a genuine interest in the subject and want to present your questions, you will get a lot of information, and probably some recommendations as what to read to expand on the topic. As my tutor used to say: do not trust a teacher that does not own a lot of books. However, uni teachers are also very busy people that sometimes stick to a very “bureaucratic” behavior. Make sure you show interest in the subject if you want to gain their favor.

-Subjects-

There is one very positive aspect related to university subjects: you have chosen a branch of education that you like, so you will not have to study subjects that you do not like. True? Not completely. In fact, I have not found a single university student that liked every single subject they were studying. The trick is to try to relate every subject to something you love. Think of the football fan that studies the physics of footballs, the history of sports and so on.

-Classes-

The lessons themselves are different from what you know. University lessons are called “lectures” or “masterclasses”, and it is so because uni teachers have a certain level of freedom of what and how they can teach. Most probably, they will not be following a guidebook, but instead be reciting their own content, that they have refined with time. They might also provide you with a paper copy of it, or show a powerpoint presentation of it. But the most impressive fact is that university classes can contain up to two hundred students. So be prepared to take notes surrounded by many other people.

-Taking notes-

Provided what we just explained, you have to refine your technique. Some people will just copy every single word the teacher says (no surprises if you suddenly read “hey you! Wake up!” in between the notes). This becomes an automatic task. Others just take pictures of the powerpoint notes or ask their colleagues for their copy of the content. My preferred method was making schemes and simple notes of the content. Therefore, I made sure I was followed by the content and could later ask for the full pages to my colleagues. That was one of my keys to surviving Uni.

-Where to sit-

Normally, in amongst a university class, there are three groups of students: the first row, the average crowd and the last “rebels”. You should decide wisely on where to sit down, for it is not usual to change places, and you will soon realize that the teacher´s perception of your interest is also based on this. I remember a friend that had severe problems with staying awake in class, and he decided to sit on the first row. He was so nervous about the teacher that he would no longer fall asleep.

-Attending or not-

Attending uni classes or not is a whole topic of discussion by itself. Many students argue that you can totally pass your exams without attending, while some teachers make attendance compulsory and will fail anyone that did not take interest in the lectures. The fact is that attending can get tedious, but it is a great way to complement your studying routine: by attending regularly and making an effort in understanding the content, it is easier to remember the content later. Also, building up that resilience is important to be prepared for the future job market.

In the end, you will be strong and find a way to overcome university classes. Surviving Uni is possible!

But hopefully, now you know what to expect! If you feel you are ready for the challenge, check our recommended Online Open Days to Study Abroad!

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Volume 3: mind hacks to study better.

No matter how young or old you are, you deserve to know these mind hacks to study better! From an early age, we are told that we have to study. But many times, little attention is paid to HOW to study, specifically because each one has a different brain, and therefore can use different techniques and tricks to study.  In this third volume of “Study, Eat, Sleep, Repeat”, we are going to help you manage your time when you Study Abroad.

Mind is a mystery to many. That is what makes people believe that if you record yourself reading the textbook and play that recording while you sleep, you might pass your exams. This lack of knowledge also makes many people cheat in their exams. Do not let lack of studying technique demotivate you enough to make you lazy, because being lazy will inevitably lead to bad results or cheating. These are our mind hacks to study, depending on the type of student you are.

Retention

If you are good at retention, just read the content as many times as you can. Read for 40 minutes and give yourself 20 minutes breaks. Also, make sure to sleep well. If you have a lot of content to study, do not address it in order: start both from the beginning and the end and work your way down to the center of the content. Try to have consistency in your surroundings: light, sounds and smell; this will help your subconscious mind organize all of the information in the same “mind compartment”.

Understanding

If you are more of a logic fan, just reading the content will do no good to you. You will have to spend extra time with every concept, imagining it and spinning it around until you grab hold of it. However, once you have had your eureka moment, you will remember it forever. The best way you can study is complementing your textbook with internet videos and by doing experiments yourself. Then, try to explain what you learned to other people around you (make sure you are not too insistent, though). If you have to study plain content, like history, try looking for cause-consequence relations. Language? Look up the origins of words (etymology).

Summarizing

If you are good at fragmenting information and turning plain two-dimensional data into trees and schemes, try this: summarize the information into half of its size. Then again, to a quarter of its size. You can do this up until you have just a phrase for each big concept. Then, you can go back and elaborate schemes and summaries that show the evolution of your data and explain how some small concepts belong to bigger families. Then, you can alternate studying the longer and shorter versions of the information. Ultimately, just a quick glance through the shortest version should help you remember everything you had to study.

Skimming vs scanning

It is useful to understand a text and how it is structured, for not only will your brain process it better, but you will understand how teachers and examiners group it too. First, skim through the text highlighting the “apparently important” information. Then, fully scan the text highlighting the truly important concepts in a different color and cross-reference the two techniques. You should very easily understand the content differently now, and this can help you structure your further studying routines.

Markers and highlighters

Highlighting is a very controversial technique. Some claim that it hurts your vision and it does not help you concentrate on the content. But highlighting big masses of text with a mellow color system is the best way to begin to grab hold of it. You should use different colors for titles, subtitles, dates, personalities, quotes, side-notes and so on. Then you can elaborate lists with exclusively one or the other fields, further expanding your understanding of the otherwise impossible-to-digest content.

Fast reading

If you do not have much time to go through all of the information but you need a quick pass through all, this is how you do it:  when reading, you should be fixing your eyes in stable spots of the text, instead of moving all the way across the line. Fix your eyes in the first word, then the middle word, then the last word of each line. By doing this briskly you should be able to read the whole content rapidly. Some people only need to look at the first and last word of each line and can very quickly read all of the text!

Reading out loud

Quite different to the one before, and great for people with good verbal retention. Read out loud. Literally, out loud. Do not let your tone go down after the first phrases. You can sit down or walk around, whisper or chant just like Shakespearian actors would. The trick here is that by talking, more neural systems are engaged, and retention is greater.

Elaborating

People that lack motivation in a certain topic might take advantage of research. Surprisingly, adding content to what is already appointed for the exams can help.  It will make it easier for you to grab hold of the content when you have found information related to the topics you like. Think of the football fan studying physics of kicks, history of sports, Spanish football slang, herbology of football field grass, and so on.

Representing

For those who are having real problems to remember chunks of information, but have the visual memory, there are a couple of tricks. For example, you can turn all of the information into drawings, computer graphs, cartoons, etc. Then, repeat the drawing process multiple times, adding or subtracting information each turn. Those images will be easier to evoke in the exam, and when remembering the pictures, the content will come along.

Mnemotechnic

The other way of using visual memory is by using mnemotechnic to remember the text. Imagine a big house. It should look a certain way, according to the subject that you are going to study. This house sounds and smells a certain way, so for each subject, try exposing yourself to some music, ambiances or scents (like different incense sticks). Then, start imagining walking through this house. In every room, you will imagine the information, either as part of the furniture, or books, or drawings. For every sub-topic, you should configure a room or space. Make sure you go back and forth through the mental image and your papers, and not just in the same order. When it is time to do the exam, take time to close your eyes and evoke the necessary room, and information will come eventually.

Whatever you would like to study,

you should not be intimidated by the volume of information handled. Having a degree, masters, even Ph.D. will improve your working opportunities and also turn you into a more curious and knowledgeable person. Check out our recommended Online Open Days to see what´s hot in the Study Abroad realm, and keep the moto: Study, Eat, Sleep, Repeat!

PS: Our last trick: Turning content into stupid songs – We all did this to learn the multiplying rules when we were kids. But it is a trick that did serve me up until grad when I had to learn countless chemical elements. Making up ridiculous songs or phrases might seem odd, but just like viral ads and jingles, they will wander around your mind for decades!

Study, Eat, Sleep, Repeat is a series of blogs about student life. Check the others about Eating and Sleeping!

Managing your time when you Study Abroad

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Volume 2: Sleeping

Sleeping poorly is one of the biggest stereotypes with students. Put together nightlife with hard work and attending classes and numbers barely add up. That is why the motto of this series, “Study, Eat, Sleep, Repeat”.  But it is so important to have nice sleep and rest! These are some of the benefits of a regular and generous sleeping schedule.

1 – Sleeping well puts you on a better mood.

Studies have shown that having a regular sleep schedule has you feeling emotionally better. This can be the key to your future success, by learning to stay motivated and focused throughout your career. If you are thinking about embarking in this new “schedule” adventure, remember that your body will get used to waking up at the same time every day after 21 days. This means, after three weeks of strange feelings you will benefit from better humor. 

2 – Sleeping correctly can help regulate your sugar levels and improve your digestion.

We mostly live in a frenzied race, hoping that our body will get along with our lack of schedule and diet. But as important as it is to keep a steady diet, it is to regulate sleep. When you leave enough time to digest your dinner before you lay down, and when you fast for some time after you wake up, you are doing a favor to your stomach. Then, while you sleep, your body can process nutrients better: if you are regular, you will control the hormone and enzyme flow that dissolve sugar and other components better. This will make you feel healthy and joyful.

3 – Sleeping steadily helps your brain retain information better in the mid and long-term memory.

Several studies have shown that, after you study some content, the following 12 hours are crucial: your brain will catalog information better in the medium and long-term if you are sleeping (obviously, since your brain will not be busy processing other information). So, in order to maximize your studying habits, it is very important to sleep well after studying, and before an exam.

4 – You can correct your sleeping schedule by waking up early on weekends.

There is nothing worse than the Sunday insomnia: having to sleep early as to wake up on Monday, but not being at all tired. That is caused by the “jetlag” of going late to bed and waking up early. Our recommendation: partying on Friday, but then having a calm Saturday and waking up earlier on Sunday. Maybe, you will find this is the first step to making Mondays “less terrible”.

Give yourself the pleasure of good sleep.

Seven and a half hours is a magic number since sleep cycles last for approximately one and a half hour. And do not forget to have a comfortable mattress and ventilated sheets. It will help your rest and, therefore, improve your student life. After all… you only Study Abroad once!

1. The first weeks are going to be overwhelmingly much fun

Meeting new people, going to new places, all the welcoming and lets-get-to-know-each-other events,… You will have the time of your life! You are also going to be on the run almost 24/7, and probably get sleep deprived – you don’t want to miss any of the parties, nor miss any of your first lectures! It will be so worth it though.

2. You will make new friends

Even if you think that making friends is hard, or that you are socially awkward – don’t worry! Forget about the stereotype of Finns being shy and silent, everyone is new there and eager to make friends. There will be lots of opportunities to meet new people, and the student body organises plenty of events where you get to know each other. Different societies and hobbies bring you together with people with similar interests, and your course mates want to get to know you well, since you will be working together and supporting each other throughout your studies.

3. You will get home sick

After a month or two, you will get home sick. The buzz of the first weeks has calmed down, and the responsibilities of real life are catching up. Even your studies have advanced and can sometimes feel challenging. You have made new friends and you are not alone, but you have only known them for a short time. You might feel exhausted, even a bit lonely, and miss your family and old friends.

Don’t worry though – the home sickness will pass! If you feel fatigued, just make sure to rest enough, and spend time with your new friends to build your relationships. Anyways, doing fun things together is always a great way to relax! If you know anyone coming from your own country, hanging out with them can be a good idea as well.

You might also feel culturally conflicted and miss your country on a deeper level. You might question your views on what is normal and right, and this might make you feel anxious. Just keep in mind, that questioning is good and healthy! You are growing as an individual and expanding your mind.

4. You will learn the language

Even if you don’t consciously try to study Finnish, being exposed to the language will teach you a phrase or two. The Finns get extremely enthusiastic and happy if someone as much as tries to learn some Finnish, so you will have many eager teachers!

5. Personal Space and Honesty

In Finland, people really respect each other’s personal space, and don’t get physically close until you know each other well. You will love to have this space to breath freely! Another typical trait of the Finns, honesty, will also rub off on you. Finns don’t beat around the bushes too much, but get straight to the point and say how it is. Although it may first seem a bit blunt, you will come to realize how efficient it is, and how easy communication is if people actually mean what they say. The way speech is contagious!

6. The Sauna

You have heard about it, but unless you’ve lived in a Nordic country, you might not realize how big thing it is! When it is cold, sauna will be your safe heaven. In the summer time, there is nothing better than jumping to a sea or lake and then getting back to the sauna. A rough day at school? Go to sauna to relax. In Finland, a country with a population of 5.4 million, there are over 3 million saunas!

Sauna

7. You will get more curious and ambitious

You will experience amazing things, widen your way of thinking, mature and overcome challenges that people not studying abroad can’t even imagine. That is why you will want to know more, feel more, see more! You might set your goals higher than before, and realize, that you actually have the assets to reach them. Studying abroad will make you face problems and learn more about yourself, and this will make you a stronger and wiser person.

8. Sometimes you have to leave in order to return

Sometimes, you might realize that despite all the great things you’ve experienced, there is just something about your own country that other places are missing – and that is ok. Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the big picture and understand what you really want.

9. Finally…

Consider this as your golden ticket to an opportunity most people are not offered! No matter of geographical distance, your friends and family at home will support you, so take this chance to go for the adventure of your lifetime. Nothing is permanent, so cherish every moment of this experience.

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