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How to remember your experience as an International Student

Posted 19 September 2013
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Being an international or foreign student is one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Any student in a foreign nation would agree with me that it is indeed an exhilarating and wonderful adventure.

Being an international or foreign student is one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Any student in a foreign nation would agree with me that it is indeed an exhilarating and wonderful adventure.

However one day we obviously have to grow older and move on with our lives. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget this fantastic experience. And as not everyone gets the privilege to study abroad, it would be good to be able to remember all the wonderful details.Our brains however can’t be trusted to remember everything and we’re bound to forget one or two little details. Well that’s why the few steps below will be telling us how to preserve our international student experience:

●    Get a diary and get writing:

I can never forget the journal my mother brought out from her bag as we were sitting on the flight to heathrow.I could only burst out laughing when opening it I saw she had already written a note in it saying “…For all your adventures”. The importance and essence of writing cannot be overemphasized. Most people might think documenting your day in a journal using a beautiful Barbie glitter pen is some little girl thing but I tell you it’s not! Okay maybe the glitter pen part is :D but then you rarely forget what you pen down to be honest. Even though time goes by, and your journal has succumbed to wear and tear you’ll still be able to remember what you wrote down more than what you didn’t. So I encourage you to get a journal if you don’t already have one and start writing. Time goes by so fast! Don’t just pass through time like that, make a memory of it before it’s gone.

●    Blogging:

Technology makes everything easier today. You all have an idea of what blogging is and nowadays everyone carries a laptop/mobile phone or tablet around. . Well that means you can write and get your experience of international study documented on the go! Tumblr and Wordpress are the very popular blogging sites and they’re all free! There are also the less popular ones. And if you have a privacy concern you can make your posts private or just select the few family and friends you want to keep updated.

●    Vlogging:

This is just another form of blogging, short for video blogging where instead of spending time writing about your experience you can just switch on your phone or camcorder and capture the moment. In a few years’ time, you’ll be grateful you did that! And besides a visual memory sometimes is better as taking videos of a moment and watching it at a later time is like re-living the same moment twice you know.

●    Take Pictures:

You can do this with any cell phone that has a megapixel camera. There is no limit to the amount of pictures you can take. Take as many as you feel like.


●    Social networks:

There’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace and so much more. All these have some place to update your status/experience and post pictures just in case one day you lose your photo memory card (and it does happen)...then the ones you’ve uploaded on these social networks will be your anchor! Also social networks are much more accessible, in my own opinion.


●    Keep in touch with old friends:

Some famous person once said the surest link you have to your past is old friends! That’s true! Leaving college or university abroad after an international study experience doesn’t have to mean goodbye to all the wonderful friends you’ve made. Keep in touch and if possible have a reunion once in a while. These will preserve memories much more than you can ever think too.

OSAIKHUWUOMWAN, Osariemen (LOVE) 

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