Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture. There are bound to be many exciting opportunities to explore and learn outside of the classroom. With so many possibilities around you, it can be difficult to focus on any one task.
No matter how enjoyable the experience, it is important for you to remember that you are a student who is working towards your degree. Don’t lose sight of your academic and career aspirations while abroad. Learn to manage your time so you can enjoy everything your study abroad program has to offer.
Some examples of key time management while abroad include submitting assignments by their deadlines, leaving your accommodation and arriving to class on time, checking in with friends and family back home at regular intervals, and determining when to handle domestic chores like laundry or grocery shopping.
Figuring out how to juggle class, your social life as well as lifestyle needs is a delicate balancing act. Careful awareness of tasks and the time available to you to complete them is essential. You will likely have more responsibility (and freedom) than you are accustomed to back home, so keep track of what you need to do at all times through a calendar or planner. Use technology to keep you on track, and reach out to staff and friends if you are struggling.
When you get back from your study abroad program, make sure you add ‘time management skills’ to your resume!