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Life as an international student can be so much fun, but it isn’t always easy! There are time differences to deal with, new accents to get used to, not to mention having to convert the British Pound to your home currency, and feeling abysmally poor - or rich - depending on where you’re from!
Then, there’s the homesickness.
In my first year, I was completely euphoric throughout my first month or so - living off of a freshers’ high, and feeling amazed by everything. But that euphoria slowly morphed into homesickness, and I began to feel really sad, missing everything back home. If you’re feeling like that right now, know that you’re not alone - this is simply one more - difficult - step towards feeling right at home in the UK.
There are a number of ways to get over this dreaded feeling - the first of which is to keep yourself busy. When you’re feeling down, it’s almost instinctive to lock yourself in your room and not speak to anyone. Try not to. If you’re living in a catered hall, make sure to go to your cafeteria for meals. If you’re not, make sure to go to your kitchen and talk to whoever is in there! There are also some societies that you can check out.
The LSESU has a bunch of societies that bring together international students from entire regions (cross-border focus, yo!):
1. The LSESU ASEAN society
The ASEAN society aims to bring together students from all across South East Asia, encouraging engagement with the issues plaguing the region. They’re planning to hold their flagship ‘Model ASEAN’ event in November - but before that, they’ll be holding a hackathon on environmental issues with the KCL Asean Society on Thursday, 27th October 2016. (No coding experience necessary!)
Check out their hackathon page here:https://www.facebook.com/events/958256407614338/
And sign up for it here:http://bit.ly/2ewdDDF
2. The LSESU European Society
The LSESU European Society promotes education of and engagement with the European Union, its Member States, their peoples and the wider world. It provides a variety of opportunities through its events, including lectures, panel discussions, debates, conferences and more, for individuals to debate, learn about, challenge and decide Europe.
The society will be holding a ‘First Drinks’ event on the 27th of October where you can get to know the exec board, meet other Europhiles, and have a look at the four committee positions available!
Details found here:https://www.facebook.com/events/115057608965548/
3. The LSESU Middle East Society (MENA)
MENA is for all of you interested in the Midde Eastern / North African region. They run events such as talks, panels, fundraisers and discussions on the political, cultural and business-related issues in the region (everything from the Arab uprisings to the freedom of expression in the Middle East). There’s also a social aspect, with regular socials!
They recently held an ‘Arabian Nights’ event featuring an open buffet (couscous, yum!), Arabic music and a belly dancing show!Check out their page for any updates on future events:
4. LSESU ABACUS
ABACUS was initially led by a group of British-born Chinese who felt a need to make Chinese language and cultural resources available to the public. It is now one of the largest and most prominent Chinese student groups in the UK. They aim to present Chinese culture, to promote cultural diversity and harmony and to encourage social activity within LSE. You’re welcome, whichever country you come from!
Check out their page for any updates on future events:
For country-specific societies, have a look here to see if your nation is represented:
Do have a look, go out to their events, make some new friends and - most importantly - have lots of fun!
Your homesickness might just go away without you even noticing ;)
Passionate about shaping the world
around you? Want to make a lasting, positive impact on a cause you care deeply
about? Have an idea for a campaign, but not quite sure where to start? Join LSESU Beyond The Classroom and the brand-new LSESU Campaigns Network for our
upcoming inaugural evening event, ‘Aiming for Change: A workshop on
Effective Campaigning Techniques’.
The event will be held 18:30 to 20:00
on Monday 24th October in the 1st Floor Café, Saw Swee
Hock Student Centre. Register for a place now!
you can benefit from the know-how of five experienced campaigners, who will be
speaking and are eager to help you hone your skills. You’ll also have the
chance to take part in some skills-based workshops, affect tangible, measurable
difference to the world around you via activism and campaigning, and learn a
range of techniques to help make your campaign stand out from the crowd.
event will be hosted by your Community and Welfare Officer Riham Mansour. The speakers
coming along to help you develop, learn and grow your campaigning expertise are:
Zainab Ali Khan and Billy Hill will be joining us from ONE; a campaigning and advocacy
organisation of more than seven million people around the world taking action
to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. ONE believes the fight against
poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality, and aims to empower
small-holder farmers, to expand access to energy, and to combat corruption so
governments are accountable to their citizens.
David Bridson from the Stroke Association, the UK’s leading stoke charity. David
has been deeply involved with a number of public engagement campaigns. The
Stroke Association’s research has helped improve treatments and care, which in
turn has saved tens of thousands of lives.
Bárbara Sepúlveda Hales who founded respetocallejero.cl which is changing the law in Chile to make
street harassment count as a violent act and make it illegal. They have now
spread to 7 other countries too.
Libby Abbott is an LSE alumni. She works for
an international development charity and the official aid agency of the
Catholic Church in England and Wales, CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). Through local
church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign
for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
Cerian Jenkins is a grassroots campaigner and
activist who founded the national Gender
Equality Network, and last year ran the international #ISeeTara Campaign which saw over 160,000 members of the public, press, and political landscape
signing a petition to move a transwoman from an all-male prison to a safer
location. She’s also behind the current #NotACompliment campaign to have hate
crime legislation extended to cover gendered harassment. She’s a current MSc
student here at LSE.
LSESU Intersectional Feminist Society will be holding a panel event highlighting the experiences of black women in academia
Why are black women under-represented in academia? Why do black female academics experience a lack of visibility? What obstacles are there to academia for black women? What are black academics’ experiences of misogynoir?
Join us in the 1st Floor Cafe of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for a fantastic panel of Black female academics discussing their experiences and taking audience questions. This event is open to LSE students.
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