I am writing this for memorizing my feeling and experiences and to share useful tips for someone who wants to study abroad. I want to tell you some small but important things before you leave your country. I saw many posts about visa, packaging and expenses, but there’s no post for small things.
First, unlocking overseas logins. Some sites block overseas logins for security. When I traveled to Europe, I didn’t know about it, so I couldn’t use my Facebook and email. It was a really serious problem, so you must check it before leave.
Second, preparing offline dictionary. In my case, English is not my first language. Sometimes, I need a translator or dictionary, but in some place, LTE or WIFI does not work well. For example, I visited a shop to buy bedding, and I didn’t know what is a sham. I tried to find in online, but my internet didn’t work.
This is connected with the internet problem, downloading an e-book is a good idea too. The speed of reading your first language is faster, so before class reading e-book written in my first language can help.
Third, bring more than two cards from different banks. When you arrive, you will buy or pay for something, so most students bring credit or debit card. Sometimes one card doesn’t work; one of my friends experienced yesterday. Also, just in case you lose the card, it’s good to bring two identical cards.
Lastly, bring scheduler and housekeeping book. I arrived at American University two days ago, there’s so many programs for international students, so to organize your busy schedule bring scheduler. Also, I was surprised at Washington’s prices, even though I had expected it. I bought many things for living like desk lamps, tissues, laundry bags, slippers…etc. I spent a lot of money than I expected. For checking payment, housekeeping book is very useful.
I think American University is very good opportunity to meet diverse students and challenging myself! I’m looking forward to a dancing party tomorrow!