Emotional Preparation

Emotional Preparation

It is important to be emotionally prepared for the changes you'll experience when you arrive in Australia.

Not only are you leaving your family and friends as you embark on an exciting journey of living and studying in a new country, you will be facing many new and exciting challenges as you adjust to new teaching and learning styles, new culture and customs, and maybe even a new language.

You may initially experience mixed emotions – excitement, tiredness, sadness, frustration, happiness, confusion – but remember that this is a perfectly normal experience for anyone when it is their first time in a new country. This period will usually pass and it will get better as you become more familiar with your surroundings.

Here Are a Few Tips to Help You Adjust:

  • Read about Australian culture to help you prepare for the new experiences you will encounter.
  • Bring some of your favourite things from home – family photos, music, etc.
  • Talk with family or friends about how you are feeling.
  • Speak with the Student Counsellor, or other staff at SAIBT who will be able to offer you support and advice.
  • Attend the SAIBT orientation program and meet other students, many of whom are also new to SAIBT and Australia.
  • Participate in the various events and activities held on campus throughout the semester.
  • Join a club or society that caters to your interests, or you can develop new ones.
  • Ask for more information if you need it – Australians are friendly people.