Studying in a different country- what is it like?
Moving to England to study can be a disorienting experience. I know that I personally worried quite a bit about whether I had made the right choice in deciding to leave France, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts about what it has been like to adapt to a different country.
First of all, I definitely felt a little lost and confused at the beginning of my first year. Adjusting to university life is stressful enough without having to adjust to a new culture too! From remembering which way to look before crossing the road (I still get confused every time I return from holidays), to figuring out which stores to go grocery shopping at (which is why I spent much of my first term relying solely on Rootes- not the best idea for budgeting), to getting used to different brands and feeling like I could never quite find what I was looking for, my first few weeks of university were quite a whirlwind. Even small things like speaking and hearing English all the time instead of French felt odd. The good thing is, everyone is a bit confused about everything at the start of uni, so I didn’t feel like I struggling alone. I also lived with lots of other international students during my first year, so it was nice to all be adjusting to a new country together 🙂
When it came to my course, Law, I sometimes also felt like I had to play catch-up, because I didn’t even really know the basics of the English Legal System. But thankfully I didn’t have to worry too much, because the pace was slow enough over the first term to allow me to get used to new terminology and how everything worked (we even have a module dealing specifically with introducing us to the English Legal System in our first year). Also, what really helped me was just asking about everything I didn’t understand, even if I knew the answer might be general knowledge in the UK (Like, how does Parliament work here? What even are elections in the UK?). You’re truly not expected to get to Law School equipped with five-star legal knowledge, whether you’re in your first or third year!
What I found overall is that I adapted to this new experience quicker than I thought I would, and I have enjoyed my year and half at Warwick so much despite the initial confusion (soon I will be able to say ‘Cheers!’ with the confidence of someone who’s lived here all their life)!
If you’re worried about adapting to university life, or just curious to find out more about Warwick and my course, feel free to comment here or send me a message 🙂