- Meet new people and development lifelong friendship
- Challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things
- Networking opportunities
- Develop your conversation and socializing skills
- Helps you figure out what your passions and goals
- Connect with your school community and adapt easier to your new surroundings
- Build your leadership skills
With every new school year, you can guarantee that there will be days dedicated to showcasing on campus clubs and organizations. One of the main reasons for these events is to boost student involvement and encourage a sense of school spirit. As an international student, it is the best opportunity for you. Why? Let’s take a look!
At some point, we all become a little “under the weather” and it is time for us to visit the doctor. Once you have located your medical provider using our PPO networks and made your appointment, remember the following:
Prepare ahead of time: Be sure to have a good idea of what you would like to communicate to your doctor about your health. This will help the doctor to better treat you as quickly as possible.
Ask the right questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about issues that concern you. Be honest about how you are feeling and get as much guided medical advice as possible
Insurance card: This has the necessary information that your provider uses to verify your coverage or if they need to contact our benefits and claims department, HealthSmart
Co-pay: Be prepared for the likely chance that you will be asked to pay for your plan’s co-pay upfront. This is a small fee that you have to pay to your provider and you can review your plan policy brochure or contact us for more details.
Claims: When you provide your insurance details to your provider, it has all the essential details needed to submit a claim. Follow up with your doctor’s office about whether or not they have filed your claim to the correct department (HealthSmart) and if they have, don’t hesitate to contact HealthSmart for more information.
Culture shock can happen to the best of us regardless if you are an international student or not. Starting a new life in a new country takes time and a whole lot of patience before you can adapt to the changes. For many first year international students, culture shock can have an impact and knowing how to deal with it is very important. Here are some things you can do that can help you adjust.
Learn as much as you can, while you can. Reading about a country and its culture is good as well as interacting with those who lived or visited there. Absorb the good and the bad, learn from it and apply it each day as you go along.