The high school experience, regardless of where you are from, is generally quite interesting and filled with memories. When actually experiencing high school life personally, we all assume it is by far the most difficult life experience we will go through. As true as this might be, it is definitely not the only difficult learning curve we go through. The next step in life that soon follows high school is university life.
For some of us, our dreams of going to university lie within the geographical boundaries of our city/ country, meanwhile for another set, their dream of going to pursue their tertiary education starts abroad. The first step you must take is to find out which universities best fit your needs, which country you want to venture off to and what you hope to study. After this, once you have finished your high school exams, you can apply to universities that fall within your abilities. If you are looking to be an international student one day, then here are a few tips on how you can prepare for university life after high school.
Once you have applied and gotten selected and accepted by the universities you chose, you will then have to prepare for the actual transition. One of the most important elements you need to start looking for early on is the university textbooks. Finding these textbooks may prove to be quite difficult, especially when it’s closer to the semester starting dates; therefore keep a look out for the needed books. One thing you must keep in mind is that these books have a tendency to be expensive. Thus, it is important for you to have alternative options.
One such option is to purchase second-hand university textbooks. These are considerably cheaper and would be easily found either online or with the help of past pupils.Past pupils can be one of the best ways you can get a good idea about how university life is like for international students. If it is possible, and if you have a few people you know who have gone abroad, then don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for advice. It is always best for everyone to leave to foreign countries best prepared for anything.
The costs you would incur consistently would be the tuition fees and living costs. Living costs can be broken down into accommodation rent, groceries, utility bills and travelling costs. The idea of living abroad alone whilst having to balance adult life and studies can be quite daunting; however it is one of the best ways we can learn to be independent and self-sufficient.