Coming to a different country to study is not just about getting used to the new education system you also have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life. If you are not settled in well this will most likely have a negative impact on your study.
How long should you brush your teeth for before you meet Muhammad Ali? I had eaten a taco earlier in the day. What a fool I had been. A young fool full of the naivety of New York. What would happen if I did a taco burp as I was introduced to Muhammad Ali? It did not bear thinking about.
We need to rise above our preoccupation with struggling between studies and our non-academic activities. The distinction between work and play is mostly arbitrary, and constrains us to thinking that we need to always maintain a constant balance between the two. University life isn't just about balancing lifestyles.
I love Britain because the single best thing to come after a night at the pub with pints filled to the top is a full English. I'm not scientist, so I don't understand exactly what the curing factor is. But I've tried croissants, chow mein, burritos... nothing else comes close. You've absolutely nailed it.
Surely, it cannot be beyond the realms of possibility that if UKBA feels a university is breaking the rules it can build a case against them to the point where it cannot be challenged.
The best thing about jetting off to Asia is that there are literally hundreds of jobs over there. Without any doubt, China offers the widest range of opportunities for graduates.
What began as an objection to tuition hikes - and not especially extortionate ones at that - has undeniably come to signify in Quebec something much broader and more fundamental.
My history professor came to class dressed in full 'Class of 1925' attire, all authentic and original. A true sight to behold, it showed just how seriously the Americans take the holiday, and that you're never too old for it!
One of the reasons many students - myself included - chose to go to university in the UK rather than elsewhere, was that most degrees here are only three years long. Back in the day, when we were filling out our UCAS applications, it seemed like such an advantage.
Four years ago, I was standing outside in the Los Angeles heat, knocking on doors in my West Hollywood neighborhood as a volunteer with Obama for America. Today, I sit in an apartment across from rainy Regents Park in London, my absentee ballot waiting to be mailed.
Even the hardiest of students will struggle to avoid bouts of homesickness at some point during their time overseas. It's a completely normal part of studying abroad, and something nearly all international students will feel at some point.
Having a direct link to your friends and loved ones DOES make life easier. You can connect with your family in a matter of seconds via the Internet, rather than having to wait for days for letters to be delivered by post.
Now, in the weeks that follow my arrival to Cambridge, I still find myself completely incredulous on several occasions. Taking a shortcut to a class means cutting through the grandeur of King's College Chapel and pretending that its majesty is something everyday.
It can be quite unsettling to a lot of international students having to quickly adapt to the new culture and make friends with the English locals before cliques are formed. It is much easier to gravitate towards familiar people and hit it off instantly.
The initial days and weeks of university life are incredibly hectic, and one barely has the time to think about them until they are over. Looking back, here are three thoughts incoming students may find helpful.
My own reasons for studying in the UK were a combination of all the above, but here, in this article, I'd like to specifically focus on the last. I believe UK institutions should strive to retain higher numbers of native-born Brits. I say that not because it would appeal to ardent nationalists but because it would, more importantly, enhance the cultural immersion of international students.