Nowadays international education is gaining more and more popularity. Students apply for different universities, a lot of countries are more than happy to host and educate international kids. It gives you a great opportunity to get a prestigious education, broaden your horizons, find new friends and have more prospects for a future job. We can talk and talk about advantages of the international education, but, unfortunately, a lot of students face a wide spread problem – communication barrier. It is a quiet common difficulty – a student enters a new university and faces the fear of starting a friendship. There are a lot of aspects why they are afraid. It might be a language barrier, a culture and mentality difference, some general problems with communication. But don’t panic, it is a feasible problem. In this article we will give you some tips and tell you the better ways how to fight your fear and be more self-confident. There are some methods how to turn communication into enjoyable and useful process. Just be brave and open to new emotions.
- Register in one-two clubs on interests. It is the easiest and the most effective way to get acquainted with new people who have similar hobbies. Don’t be afraid to go there alone. It is the only way to get acquainted closer with other students, especially if you study at a huge university. Small colleges don't offer a wide choice of clubs. Usually they are connected with the professional program. For the several weeks each student goes to such classes on his own. If you register later, still most of people will be glad to see you there. You can choose the club to your liking or to register at random. o Visit the website of college, accounts of your classmates on Facebook; see flyers which are distributed in the territory of university. The name of a club and time of a meeting will be specified there. It is possible to found your own club. o In the majority of colleges additional classes begin on the second or third week of study. You don’t have to wait, just talk to the representative of this club and ask him about students who visit it.
- Go for some sport. Sport is a great way to strike up new acquaintances. All members of team are united by one purpose. If you don't like interuniversity competitions, you can register in local team. You will spend a lot of time practicing, so the team spirit will unite you. During the game you will be the member of a huge family. If you don't love sport, try theater or music.
- Visit some optional classes. Optional classes (in particular - laboratory) are a fine way to make friends. If you are interested in music, register in group or chorus or a course of the musical producer. If you love art, register in art criticism. If you like sport, register in bowling or weightlifting. If you are interested in health care, register in an open classroom on psychology or biology. But don’t take too many classes, don’t overestimate yourself – additional subjects have to be connected with your basic ones. o You can choose classes connected with people’s communication, classes where many aspects are discussed in groups and have to talk with strangers. Such subjects are the theory of communication, sociology, psychology and political science.
- Become the volunteer. Volunteer work in the local dining room or an animals’ shelter will help you to meet new people and to make friends. Also a volunteer work is good for your future resume, and your chances to find a good job will increase. Volunteering for the international organization Circle K or other company in the territory of college will increase chances to make friends.
- Visit public events. Nothing unites people as much as excellent football game. If football doesn't belong to your hobbies, at the university you may find the verses reading, concerts, representations, dances, competitions and other events are also carried out. Ask other students about coming events. If football is not your cup of tea, just visit one or two games and you will see that most people go there just to chat, meet with their friends and be the peart of their big university. Try to go beyond your zone of comfort and you will see that people are open to talk to you.
- Don't do your homework in your room. In the majority of dormitories there is a lobby or the special room which can be used for this purpose. If you need to stay in your room - leave doors open. Turn on the TV or the music to attract people. If you the extrovert, you can find a part-time job outside of your university. You will have no so much private space any more, but in exchange you get support of people around.
- Attend parties. In the beginning this idea can seem frightening (loud music, drunk seniors, etc.), but, eventually, you will find new friends. In college it is necessary to spend time interestingly (but also not to forget about obtaining the diploma), to have fun a little! If you don't love noisy parties, you can go to a school disco or dances. Or organize a small quiet party if you don't like a student's sit-round gathering, like night film sessions, a hen night or sports competition.
- Take care of the safety and walk together with group. In the first few weeks students groups move from one room to another. Try not to lag behind them – at least, it is possible to find at least one friend. All in all, be yourself, don’t hide in your room. Be open to new people, smile, talk to your classmates and you will see that it isn’t as frightening as you thought. Enjoy being a student! Good luck and have fun!