BY OLIVIA MARIE CHEONG YEE YAN & PRAVEENA RAVIN
A rising trend of Singaporeans studying abroad. Tanya Dharmapala shares tips and stories on adapting to life in Australia compared to living in Singapore.
Have you ever dreamed of going overseas to study, pursue your dreams and establish a career?
Many Singaporean teens feel that an overseas studying experience is more desirable than staying in Singapore. They feel that other countries have better opportunities to encourage them to make the decision to go overseas.
One such person is Tanya Dharmapala, a 19 year old Singaporean girl who moved to Western Australia two years ago. Here’s a short podcast of Tanya telling us of her experiences in Australia and providing a few tips to adapt to a foreign country.
So as you can see, staying in another country is not all fun and games. Adjusting to the lifestyle and culture of another country depends on the people there and your own initiative to blend in. Unlike Tanya, some people might find it difficult to adapt to the cultures due to vastly varying backgrounds, thus experiencing culture shock.
– Research as much as possible about the place you are going to , so as to know the cultural faux pas, norms, values and languages etc.
– Never lose track of your purpose of going there
– Be nice to people because it will determine people’s first impression of you and how they treat you
1. Ensure that the course taken overseas is recognized in Singapore
It would be terrible if you studied so hard overseas only to realise that your degree is not recognized in Singapore. Hence, do sufficient research so that you are certain that your overseas degree is accepted in SIngapore.
2. Save enough money or bring enough money as going overseas will burn a hole in your pocket
It can be extremely expensive for students to study abroad. Imagine if you run out of money to pay for your school fees in the middle of the semester! You might get kicked out and have no choice but to return home empty handed.
3. Be open-minded
Some cultures can be contradicting to your own beliefs, but it is advisable to be respectful of other cultures and accept people for who they are. If you are staying in the country for a long time, you need to practice tolerance in order to survive.
4. Make as many friends as possible
Networking is extremely important as it helps you to integrate into the culture. Thus, you will feel less frightened and lonely. You will also feel more confident as you feel that you belong in the country.
So there you go! We hope that these tips will help you know what to expect if you want to go to another country to pursue your education and help you understand what its like adapting to their culture.
If you liked our post, please like,share and comment down below on other tips you may have to help other Squeeziys make their decision to go overseas!