Study and Work – A Guide to Balance Both, While Studying Abroad

If you’re planning to study abroad, there is a good chance you’ll want to work on the side for extra income. Many students who opt for foreign education like to keep their economic options open by looking for a part time job, mostly after their lectures. This not only helps you earn, but also gives you a sense of responsibility and helps you in understanding how to manage your finances while living on a foreign soil, which in most cases, is quite expensive. Here are few hacks that will help you balance both your study and your work:
1. Understand Why You Need To Work – The first thing you need to do, is grasp the basic idea of why this income is important to you. Do you want to take care of your personal expenses? Is your goal much higher? Are you willing to split your time between study and work? Once you have these questions answered, ask yourself if you have enough time to study, work and sleep properly. Extra income is always tempting, but it should not be at the expense of your education, which is your primary goal. Most countries allow you to work a certain hours when you’re a student. Some universities offer on campus jobs as well. Make sure that your time is split efficiently, which will allow you to focus on your education and will also help you get enough rest.

2. Plan Ahead – Planning ahead is the most important thing you need to take care of while studying abroad. Understand the fact that it will not be easy juggling time between lectures, work and private study. For this, you need to make a proper schedule and make sure that you stick to it. Make a weekly or a monthly planner that will help you organize your time among all the activities you plan on doing. Once you get used to the study schedule of your semester/trimester, you will know what is expected out of you and the amount of time you’ll need to dedicate to your studies.

3. Always Keep A Track Of Assignments – In extension to the previous point; it is important that you keep a note of all your assignments/submissions of that semester/trimester, ahead of time. This step will help you prioritize your tasks and you will know the amount of time you need to dedicate to each task. You won’t be in a rush at the last moment to complete your work just before the deadline and will save yourself for submitting half finished or poor quality assignments and poor grades.

4. Split Time – Dedicating at least 40 hours of your week to your studies is a must; which means fairly about 5-6 hours a day. Studying abroad is not a piece of cake. You will meet challenges everywhere. So you must learn how to tackle with each, in an effective and efficient manner. So making sure that your time is split efficiently is very important. There is no use finding a job on the other side of the city that will take you more than half an hour to travel one way. So look for a job near the campus (if not in the campus) which will not only save you time, but will also help you efficiently manage it.

5. Sleep Properly – Many people think sleep is an unimportant part of daily routine. But if you don’t sleep properly and enough, you may not be able to concentrate on both studies and work. If you do not take proper rest and help you brain relax for a few hours a day, you’ll remain tired next day. This will not only hamper your studies, but will also be a hindrance to your work. Studies have proved that sleep helps you retain memory. So if you want to remember what those lectures were telling you, allow yourself at least 6 hours of sleep daily. And remember- An overworked mind yields no benefit.

6. Keep yourself refreshed – You may think this is a joke considering the above points. But rest assured; it is not. There will be days when you will be so exhausted that batting you eyelid will be equal to moving mountains. You will be so worked that you would want to sleep for 3 straight days. You will probably want to quit on studies, job, humans, or even planet earth. But understand that your main aim is to study. If ever things become too stressed for you, cut short the time for work. Or take a few days off and relax. Visit your friends and refresh your mind. If all these tasks seem too unrealistic to you, all you need to do is set aside an hour or two each day, for you to relax and have just ‘YOU’ time. This should get you working like it’s your first day on the job.

7. Sacrificing and Shifting – You will need to sacrifice a few things in order to achieve a study-work-rest balance. Maybe your favourite TV show, or regularly hanging out at your favourite restaurants, or just sitting idle and staring at the wall. But you don’t entirely have to sacrifice it completely. Dedicate one day of the week to these tasks and call it your cheat day. Watch your favourite show, go out, do nothing, sleep all day, basically do whatever you want on this very day. But make sure you don’t carry the habit to the next day when you get back to your studies and work.

8. Becoming Tony Stark – Well you may not actually become a billionaire like Tony Stark by working part time while you’re a student, but you will at least be able to take care of your expenses. You’ll develop confidence, you’ll be able to manage your time better, you’ll still be able to have fun and the genius part of Tony Stark will depend on how well you manage both your studies and work efficiently.

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HOME STAY PROGRAMS- 12 DOS AND DON’TS

If you plan on studying abroad, home stay programs are one of the best ways to sink the culture of the country you’re going to. Many students consider this option because they want to quickly adapt to the country’s culture and traditions.

Here are 12 dos and don’ts for any student who opts for a Home Stay Program abroad.

DOS-
1. Make your needs clear- Right from the beginning make the basic needs of your lifestyle known to them. For example if you’re a vegetarian, you need to communicate this clearly as they wouldn’t know anything about you if you don’t tell them.

2. Have meals together- Since you are staying at someone else’s place, you need to spend the time that you can them, trying to know more about their way of living. After all, you will be spending a god amount of time in their company.

3. Discuss the basic rules in the beginning itself- There are a certain thing that you would want to go your way. In the same way even the host family might want a few things to be done their way only. Right from the beginning, ask them of the basic rules you need to follow while living with them, such as curfew, meal times, help with household chores etc.

4. Carry a gift- The best way to break the ice with your new host family would be to bring a gift for them, especially something that would represent your culture and traditions.

5. Be respectful- While staying with them, make sure you respect their culture and ideologies, no matter how different they are from yours. It will be difficult at first to adjust in case there are major differences, but as time passes, you will become more comfortable with their way of living.

6. Get in touch with the organization that placed you- In case you find it very difficult to adjust or there are things to your disliking in the program, get in touch with the organization that helped your find that program. These organizations usually have protocols that will help you resolve your issues.

DON’TS-
1. Don’t be a slug- Doesn’t matter what you did at your own place or if you had others doing your laundry and cleaning your room, while you’re at home stay, take care of your own things instead of depending on the host family to get it done for you.

2. Don’t be too demanding- Asking for basic things that you need are fine but don’t made unnecessary demands from the family that will be a nuisance to everyone.

3. Don’t be a pushover- Most of the host families that take students, are warm and welcoming. They go out of their way to make the students comfortable, so do not take undue advantage of their hospitality to meet unnecessary demands you might have.

4. Don’t be afraid to try their culture- When it comes to speaking their language or trying their culture, it is obvious that you will make mistakes as you’re learning. Don’t be afraid of being embarrassed by this because even the host families will appreciate your effort and give you support only if you try.

5. Don’t be a loner- This goes without saying. Make friends while you’re there, mingle with the family you’re staying with. It is a one in a lifetime experience and do not miss out on it after travelling for miles and staying at a place where there’s so much to learn.

6. Don’t forget to stay in touch- By the end of the program, you will have spent a good amount of at least 2 years with the host family. In those two or so year, they were the family that took you in and made you a part of their family. So once, you leave, don’t forget to still stay in touch with them.

To get more information about this course and your studying abroad options, contact us on +91 8602 389 111. You can visit our office to know the courses that will fit your plans of Studying Abroad. You can also visit us on www.VDIEC.com for more details on free counseling and Overseas Education.

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