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One Day Being an International Student

Written by Son Vo
Published on 2017-08-29
“What is it like to live in the U.S.A for a day?” This is the question of many students who want to study abroad. They worry about what will happen to them outside their own country. I am an international student’ and the nation I chose to study in is America. I have been studying in the USA for 6 months and I have a lot of experiences that I want to share with everyone. The topic today is “one day in the U.S.A,” that I will share with you in 3 sections: my schedule, and pros and cons when you live in America.“What is it like to live in the U.S.A for a day?” This is the question of many students who want to study abroad. They worry about what will happen to them outside their own country. I am an international student’ and the nation I chose to study in is America. I have been studying in the USA for 6 months and I have a lot of experiences that I want to share with everyone. The topic today is “one day in the U.S.A,” that I will share with you in 3 sections: my schedule, and pros and cons when you live in America.



I live in the state of Wisconsin and study at the University of Wisconsin in the city of Superior. However, I have to finish the ESLi program, so that I will be able to attend the University. ESLi is an English program for students whose English level is not good.  Now it is June, but I will tell you about one day of mine in January because that is the first day I came here.

   

I usually wake up at 8 o’clock in the morning and the class starts at 9:00 in the morning, so I have 1 hour to prepare. At 8:45, in very cold temperatures, -15 degrees, I walk alone on the way go to school. The class starts at 9:00 and finishes at 4:00 in the afternoon. Between that study time, we also have a break time for lunch too. Normally, we have lunch at 11:50 to 1:00 at the cafeteria, but in the summer the cafeteria will close and you have to cook for yourself. Thus, in the summer, you have lunch with your friends and enjoy it anywhere you want.

   

When I finish class, I go to the MWC to work out for one and a half hours. Then, I go to the cafeteria for dinner and go to the library to do my homework. Finally, I go back to my dorm at 10:00 in the evening, and so ends one day of mine. Although my schedule seems very boring, we do not go to school on Saturday or Sunday. That way you can attend outside activities to relax.


Before we discuss whether studying in America is good or bad, in this section I will give some aspects you need to be aware of when you study abroad. From my experience, I think the most difficult aspects I have encountered are language and coping with an unfamiliar environment. Language barriers are one of the obstacles that many students fear. In your country, many of students are confident with their English ability due to being assessed for good English skills.

However, in a new country, some students, including myself, lose confidence by not communicating well with native speakers. Furthermore, you have to adapt to many new things such as lifestyle, culture, teaching methods, and learning.  The second difficulty for students to study abroad is tuition. You may have a scholarship or your family has enough to finance your schooling, so then you do not need to think about tuition. However, for self-sufficient students the cost is very high because tuition and living costs abroad are much higher than in your country.



On the other hand, studying abroad gives you an opportunity to explore a whole new culture. You will experience the climate, food, and culture of a new country. This is also an opportunity to learn another language. For instance, I got used to the new climate here in Wisconsin. It is very cold and opposite to my country. Similarly, I have been learning a new culture and trying American food.
 


 In addition, you gain more friends and experience new things in life. Self-help and personal responsibility are one of the advantages of studying abroad. Shopping, cooking, cleaning and self-consciousness. These qualities will be helpful during your studies, but also to you throughout your life. The last thing is that the education program in America is totally perfect for studying. It can increase the value of your certificate, and in the future you will get more opportunities for a job.



In conclusion, studying abroad is not easy. As you can see by my schedule, you must study and study every day. It is not fun. But you should look past that into how it benefits your future. For many people, the greatest benefit of studying abroad can be the certificate. That means you will find yourself an active, diligent, and adaptable person to different environments. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to learn a problem in diverse cultures. Along with that are the confidence and open mindedness you develop during your study abroad. After many years of study, you will speak better and have higher cultural awareness skills. In my opinion, if you want to study something new, and you have the energy and spirit to persevere, you should study abroad. 

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