It is not an easy task. Pursing a college degree can be very difficult and couple that with the struggles associated with living away, the experience can be overwhelming. For this reason it is essential to be social, develop relationships, and meet new people as they are likely going through similar struggles as you. To help insure you have the best possible time while abroad at Humber, here are some tips and tricks to help ease your transition.
1. Be available
It can be tempting to study in your room, eat in your room, and do practically everything in your residence. However, to fully enjoy your stay in Canada communicating with other students is essential as it will allow you to make friends! Try and study in public areas and hangout in lounges
rather than on your bed.
2. Join a group
Colleges and universities in Canada have a large selection of student groups and clubs where you can get involved and meet new people. Enjoy playing an instrument? Are you an advocate for green peace? Enjoy playing video games or board games? There are clubs for just about anything! Joining a club allows you to socialize and have fun while meeting likeminded people.
Volunteering is not only an invaluable addition to your resume but is but another way you can get yourself out there and become more comfortable in a new country. Find something your passionate about and dedicate a few hours a week to helping a cause!
4. Be Confident
Although it may be unnerving at the time, the best way to meet new people is to start conversations! If you are sitting down waiting for class, in a coffee shop, cafeteria, lounge, start a conversation with the person next to you. Who knows where a simple “hello” can lead to!
It can be a scary experience living abroad but you do not have to go through it alone. Be Bold and meet new people!