Even just the thought of studying abroad can be nerve-racking for students. For many, it will be the first time being away from home. Yes, sadly, that will mean no more nice home cooked meals. You’re now on your own when it comes to dinner time! On a more serious note, when leaving to study abroad, there’s sometimes feelings of loneliness, homesickness and even anxiety. All of this is completely understandable. When you enter an unfamiliar place where you don’t know anyone, it’s normal to feel like packing everything up and going back home. We want to assure any Canadian students who are nervous to study in the states that taking the risk will be worth it.

Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity that many students are unable to do. If you have the chance to, it will certainly be a beneficial experience. You get to see new places, experience new activities and make lasting memories. On this new journey, you will also grow as an individual. You will most likely be much more self-reliant and responsible as you learn how to do things on your own. It’s a good thing to step out of your comfort zone every once in awhile and adapt.

As Canadians studying in the US, you’ll experience different styles of education. For example, you may get to learn different perspectives and information on your major that you may not have learned at home. Another bonus, employers are usually impressed when they come across candidates who have studied in another country. It’s a great way to stand out from the competition.

Once you get comfortable in your new home, exploring will become one of your new favourite hobbies. Don’t be shy about trying new things. Visit some cool tourist sites or find out what some of the popular places in your area are. Bring some friends and make it a group activity!

Lastly, you’ll learn to appreciate the smaller things more. Everyone knows the saying “you don’t know what you got til’ it’s gone.” If you weren't a firm believer of this already, studying abroad will make you come to that realization. All the things you may have taken for granted become so much more valuable and that’s definitely a positive . Those family game nights that you used to dread  will be your new favourite day of the week once you get back home!