Are you all set to embark yourself on your maiden study abroad journey?
It is indeed going to be an interesting and a memorable experience for a lifetime. You have a number of reasons to feel excited about the new life that lies ahead of you. Amidst all the thrill and excitement, there must some genuine concerns as well. You would agree that the most serious concern regarding your study abroad journey is always going to be about your safety. There is nothing much to worry though. By taking some simple measures, you can ensure yourself a pleasant and safe study abroad experience.
Give below are certain tips on how to stay safe while you’re a student in a foreign land:
Your Awareness Counts
You must always stay alert and pay close attention to your surroundings. Remember, it’s really easy to get lost in the new place. But you must always remain aware and gather all the necessary information before moving out to a new place/ area in your study destination.
Connect to Locals
By talking to locals, you can find all the information possible: things to do, places to avoid and rules to follow. The locals are always the best resource of information whenever you find yourself in an unknown place. They can act as your guide and can even come to your rescue if anything goes wrong. Having said that, your common sense and judgement should still play an important role in deciding whom to trust and where to go.
Keep a Close Watch on Your Belongings
When you carry your bag in front of you with its zip in sight, you ensure yourself safety by becoming a less attractive target for criminals or thieves. Similarly, you can enhance your safety by keeping a wallet in your front pocket. By keeping your belongings safe in sight, you ensure you don’t lose them and therefore, not experience anything unwanted in a foreign land.
It is always in your favour to move in groups. Even if you’re going somewhere alone, you must inform at least one of your friends where you will be and when you’ll be back. In such a case, if anything happens, someone would at least know where to find you.
Don’t Do Anything That Will Make You Vulnerable
By moving out of your hometown, you don’t get a free pass to do anything and everything. You must set limits for yourself and never attempt doing anything that you wouldn’t want to do back home.
Above everything, you need to be vigilant all the time. Put your common sense to use as it will help you more than anything else and act smart.
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