Studying Abroad Opens Up A Whole New World Of Challenges For Prospective Medical Students

June 24, 2014

Dealing With The Challenges Of Studying Medicine Abroad

Gap Medics students with their mentor inTanzania.jpg The transition from high school into medical school is tough enough on its own. Even those who have floated through school without finding it particularly challenging will now be open to a different kind of pressure altogether. Studying medicine in a foreign country takes this challenging scenario to a whole new level. Not only do you need to get used to your new coursework but you also need to get used to a completely different lifestyle in unfamiliar surroundings. However, no matter how tough it may seem, that shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your dream of studying medicine abroad.   

Here are a few ways which will help to make this transition a little less tough:

Your Health And Wellbeing Should Be Your Foremost Priorities

If you have not stayed away from home for extended periods before, this experience can be quite overwhelming. Keeping up with lots of assignments and also taking part in extra-curricular activities without getting the help and support of family can be an additional strain on your body. Under these circumstances, making sure you get the nourishment you need is crucial so you do not fall ill and make your new life even more difficult. Eat healthy food, take time to exercise and keep a track of any medication that you may have to take.

Organise Your Life

To succeed in medical school you have to be good at multi-tasking. In order to be able to do that effectively you should start organising your entire life, including your regular schoolwork, your social life and any other activities. Dedicate specific timeslots for work and assignments that need to be done so that you stay on top of your schedule and not play catch up later. This tip is relevant irrespective of whether you are studying in Australia or abroad.

Make New Friends

A lot of people find it difficult to walk up to other students and start a conversation. Being brand new to a school does not help. Remember that everyone else is as new to school as you are and everyone needs friends. Stop being shy and make an effort to get to know others. Join club and groups to help you meet people. These clubs will not only help you make friends but you will automatically be a part of student activities which you will enjoy. They will also help later for internships and job placements.

Talk To Your Family & Friends Back Home Regularly

Keeping in touch with your family and friends back at home will help prevent the inevitable feeling of homesickness. Thank goodness for free Skype and other video chat facilities that make this incredibly easy. If you stay close enough to home, try to finish your assignments early so that you can fly home for a long weekend whenever possible.

Avoid Debt

Medical school is expensive in almost every part of the world. Most students take loans for their education and then struggle to pay them back. While you are at school, try to make a budget and stick to it. More debt will only lead to more stress and that’s something you don’t need.

Studying medicine abroad is tough only if you let it be tough. Don’t let the circumstances overwhelm you. Remember to take a deep breath every once in a while and try and relax. Remind yourself of why you came here in the first place and you will find yourself enjoying what you’re doing.