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If you are a high school student with high grades getting ready to go to college in the next two years
And especially if you don’t even have to try to get exceptional grades and are prone to procrastination, perfectionism, or anxiety, then I have a tip that may really save your sanity: learn how to study now
A lot of high-intelligence students come to college and end up freaking out and getting really down on themselves because they don’t immediately get great grades. This is exceptionally applicable if you’re going into a tougher discipline: if you’re going into the sciences, medical, law, or anything of that nature, take heed!
The thing is, you’re not always going to be able to just sit down and know what’s up—and that’s okay. Having to put more effort into your education does not mean you’re less intelligent, and getting lower grades does not mean you’re a failure. It just means you’re doing more in-depth, more specialized, and less intuitive work.
If this applies to you, and you want to have some idea of where to start, under the cut I’ve added some tips and advice on studying, time management, and protecting your mental health (<—very important!):
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okay i always get asked 39384893 questions about studying abroad and honestly here are the main things on how to do it yourself and save THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of dollars!!!!!
1. if you go through an agency, you are going to get ripped the fuck off
2. if you sign up independently, you will still make friends!!!! DON’T BE AFRAID!!!! but you definitely have to be a bit braver because you won’t come with a group of people who are going through the same thing (not knowing anyone and being put in a completely different environment), but there are a lot of people who go to the same country as you independently, and i can guarantee 90% of the other exchange kids are new and don’t know ANYONE, just like you; so they are willing to go out of their comfort zone to make friends!
3. i think studying abroad is really important and a great experience. i get so mad that agencies or schools make it seem a lot more expensive than it really is; most agencies will charge double if not triple. it’s an opportunity that everyone should have, especially when it is a lot more affordable than you would think. you do not get tours though when you sign up independently, you will have to sign up with the school or something for that, but they are usually not expensive at all because its students who are going on them etc.
4. it is 100% easier to do a study abroad this way. all you literally have to do is sign up and there really aren’t a lot of requirements (g.p.a/ ect.) and they usually have weird deadlines for sign up so sometimes you can sign up just a few months in advanced v.s. like 6 months or something whatever. they will give you the information that you need to obtain a student visa if you are staying for more than 3 months.
5. don’t ask me 233923892 questions about this!!!!!! if you are seriously interested in doing one of these, read the website!!! and message the school! because each school is different and has different requirements.
i hope this helps and enables at least a few people to do a study abroad because it is seriously such an amazing experience to get to meet people from all over the world, immerse yourself in a different culture, and learn so many new things. as well as party and meet super hot members of the opposite (or same) sex. yeah baby
okay here is a standard list to different countries that have universities that offer study abroad. THEY ARE DIRECTLY THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY THAT YOU WOULD BE STUDYING ABROAD AT IF YOU DID AN AGENCY, THERE IS JUST NO MIDDLE MAN!!! do your own research on the website!!!!! they will help you with nearly everything besides your flight! (housing/visa/classes/ etc) i am just doing this to give y’all a little nudge.
ALSO DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!! IF I SURVIVED, YOU WILL TOO!!!!! also a lot of them offer classes in english as well as the native language of the country. be adventurous! life is too short not to be!
Buenos Aires, Argentina: http://www.ub.edu.ar/studies.php
Perth, Australia: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Future-students/International-students/Study-abroad-and-exchange/
Salzburg, Austria: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/portal/page?_pageid=365,389486&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
São Paulo, Brazil: http://www.faap.br/english/home/exchange.asp
Florianopolis, Brazil: http://www.unisul.br/wps/portal/home/como-ingressar/international-students
San José, Costa Rica: http://www.veritas.cr/costa-rica-study-abroad/
Shanghai, China: http://english.ecnu.edu.cn/s/191/t/339/p/10/c/4569/d/4581/list.htm
Prauge, Czech Republic: http://www.cuni.cz/UK-928.html
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: http://www.uia.mx/web/site/tpl-Nivel2.php?menu=mgIntercambio&seccion=iaInternationalrequirements
Cannes, France: prices: http://www.french-in-cannes.com/eng/fees_eng.php
Paris, France: http://www.ccfs-sorbonne.fr/How-to-register-for-Courses.html
Berlin, Germany: http://www.international.hu-berlin.de/an_die_hu-en/wegweiser
Athens, Greece: http://www.acg.edu/why-deree
Limerick, Ireland: http://www.ul.ie/international/
Florence, Italy: http://www.fua.it/Prospective-Students/study-abroad.html#Short
Wellington, New Zealand: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/international/
St. Petersburg, Russia: http://www.spbstu-eng.ru/index.php5?module=other&class=SendMail&configId=2&MenuId=abbalf
Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/intlapplicants/semester/overview/
St. Andrews, Scotland: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/ug/int/
Granada, Spain: http://www.ugr.es/en/pages/relaciones_internacionales
Málaga, Spain: http://www.fguma.es/contenidos/general.action;jsessionid=AB8982114AB1FD306824A3BEFFC1040D?idsupersection=2&idselectedsection=29&selectedsection=Centro+de+Idiomas&typetable=opcionescentros&request_locale=en
Salamanca, Spain: http://cursosinternacionales.usal.es (website is currently down idk why but it should be up again in a day or two)
Santander/ Cuenca/ Galicia/ Pirineos/ Sevilla/ Tenerife/ Valencia: http://www.uimp.es/estudiantes/estudiantes.html
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You know what college students need to do?
Join the fuck up. Group together. Make a national movement. That’s a shitload of votes right there and every national, state, and even local official is going to want that shit.
Tell em what we want collectively. Make our desires known, stop getting shit done to us and start doing shit.