To be honest, if anybody told you that the pre-departure study abroad process is going to be easy, they would be lying.
There’s a seemingly endless list of things to do, from applying to study overseas to arranging your visa, passport, housing and flights.
The entire process puts an extensive amount of responsibility on the student. Personally, I don’t know anybody else my age who has wired money, found a place to live in a foreign country, nor applied for a visa while going through finals – and working on top of that.
Preparing for such an imperative milestone takes time, hard-work and dedication to say the least – but it’s worth it in the end!
Everything I went through prior to leaving educated me on critical life lessons in such a short span of time. Every step I took to be in Australia has not only prepared me for my time abroad but also my future.
Mindset before leaving
My mindset continuously jumped from excitement to a great deal of anxiety in the months, weeks and days leading up to my departure date.
Leaving your home for a long period of time is always going to be a tough situation and my case wasn’t any different. I made sure I saved my money and spent as much time with family and friends before I left.
While I put so much effort in getting my mind, body and spirit in the right place prior to departure, nobody can be fully prepared for this type of life event and I am realizing now that that’s completely okay!