Extracurricular Activities for International Students

Extracurricular Activities for International Students
Unfortunately, moving to a new university can still be difficult - especially if it’ in a new country as well. Even if it is something you have planned, prepared and looked forward to, the true reality of the change and the impact it has on you may take you by surprise. This applies regardless of the nation you come from, and regardless of the destination of your studies, even though some cultures are more similar than others because of geographic, historic, demographic and other connections. However, it is possible to integrate yourself into the university and student lifestyle no matter how hard it may seem on the outside. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved in one of the hundreds of extracurricular activities that every university offers it’s students. Not only will you meet new people this way, often with similar likes and dislikes to yourself, but you will also get to learn new things and play new sports which whilst enjoyable are also a great addition to your CV.

You can get involved with groups as a way to get support from other students with your background, such as Latino or Jewish clubs which will allow you to connect with individuals from a similar background. In doing so you can not only express your beliefs but meet those who feel the same as you do which in itself will begin to make you feel more at home with the university and the country in general. Alternatively you may wish to pursue a sport such as football or tennis. Sports are always very popular at universities and no matter what your level of ability there will be others in a similar position - whether you’re talented and wish to compete competitively or just simply want a kick about in the park or the grounds of the university. This again is another great way to meet people with similar interests and will look particularly good on your CV, particularly if you are able to take part in competitions on behalf of the university, whether that’s in a team or in a single sport.
Unfortunately these days, the high number of graduates looking for employment particularly in the UK has made it difficult for employers to tell candidates apart. Whilst experience is usually the deciding factor, for those tens of thousands of graduates all leaving with similar degrees, similar grades and limited professional experience - having competed at a good level or even just been part of a relevant or popular club can really set you apart from the crowd. For those looking at a career in banking or finance, most universities will even have an investment club where they will invest imaginary money in real stocks, shares or commodities. This can be a great way of making connections that will last a lifetime and that may help you in your future career.

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