The Effect Of Being Foreign Student

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Usually becoming a foreign student in order to study in another country can change your life in many aspects. Living in a city far away from home can bring many consequences and effects which almost always change a student’s form of life. When I became a foreign student, many things changed or had to change. You do not live with your family, so usually you have to learn how to live in harmony with others, how to do things by yourself, how to move to other places, etc. Being a foreign makes you learn a lot of things, but at the beginning it can be somewhat difficult, as it happened to me.
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It was so good when your mom cooked for you, and when the house maid used to make your bed. Your dad took you to school, and when classes finished, you returned to your room and made yourself completely comfortable. But becoming a foreign student implies that you will live in a dormitory or that you will rent an apartment. Usually you have to take care of dirty dishes, messy rooms, and cooking. This means you have to learn many new things, like how to cook several dishes. In a few words, you have to learn how to be independent.
Language is known as equipment used in communicating with people every part of the world. Most common problem foreign students face is language barrier, not having the language skills make foreign students feel down and rejected from the new environment. Also it’s consider as an element which is highly significant in one’s interaction and closeness with other people we come in contact with. It is a way in which people can easily express themselves and it construct ones identity easily. The use of language can affect the way others are being observed and lack of language can proficiency could cause lack of understanding, it is a tool used to communicate with people in a society (Montgomery 2010). Foreign students were depressed and home sick due to lack of language and it cause them to feel isolated in their new environment. It was revealed that foreign students were able to communicate when they became familiar with the language and it has helped in getting them out of isolation.
Another effect is that you have to find your way around the city, so you have to know the main parts of the city. If you have a car, it may be easier to explore the city. You can just get lost and see where each street takes you, and then find a way back home. But if you don’t have a car, you need to learn how to get around by walking, in buses, or with taxis. For this you may find out about bus routes or find out how much costs to use taxis, and in this way you can plan the time it will take you to get from your house to school, for example. This will force you to plan your time better, and maybe you will have less available time along the day. This may decrease the time you have to make homework or to hang out with your friends, for example. But over time, you learn how to plan your activities in a better way.
A foreign student may also find himself feeling somewhat lonely, since arriving in a new city means you don’t know anyone. You may be lucky if another friend from your city comes with, but usually you are alone. It is important to start meeting people and making friends. In this way it will be much easier to get used to being a foreign student. You will have new people with who to hang with, with whom to go to parties. Besides you won’t have to be quiet all the time in classes like when you don’t know someone. Sometimes friends can also help you in a lot of situations, like when you have problems about running...

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