Check List II
The final checklist
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As exciting as it was to finally get the university admit from Poland, leaving behind your friends and family is never going to be easy. Of course, you must be eager to meet new people, explore the new land, and soak up the new culture. But at the same time, the reality is that you are going to be alienated from the people you love and the hometown you grew up in. Moreover, you may need to make a whole lifestyle shift when you move to Poland.
There are a few things you can do to make this transition as smooth as possible. Let’s have a look at few of the practical things that you should take care before you leave your home country.
1. Bank accounts
2. SIM card
3. Other records
4. Education loan
5. Currency exchange
You need to have at least a dispensable amount of 1,000 Polish złoty with you when you land in Poland. Splitting this amount between cash and a prepaid card is a good idea.
Most of the credit/debit cards will charge you additional service fee or the higher conversion charges when you use them in Poland. So it is good to have money in a prepaid card instead.
Next, you need to find a good deal for currency exchange. For this, you can do the following (i) use this website-GetMeForex to get best available deals near your city. (ii) Contact dedicated Forex companies (e.g. FRRForex). (iii) Visit few banks, Western Union, Thomas cook etc. to find out the best exchange rate. Buy Euros.
Purchase a prepaid card and load it with at least half the amount of money you are planning to carry. Click here for the detailed procedure.
Apart from these ‘practical’ matters, you would surely want to ensure that few basic needs are also taken care.
6. Learn to cook
7. Do your shopping the right way
8. Install useful mobile apps
Lastly, we all have our emotional sides. Leaving our homeland is going to create a void which is hard to fill. In this regard, the below points are important.
9. Eat whatever you want and if anyone tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too!
Okay, this is a serious topic, especially if you are a foodie. You are going to miss everything from your favorite breakfast to your mom’s delicious dinner. Once you are in Poland, your food habits are going to change a lot. Eating with fork and knife becomes a common practice and you won’t reach out for water after your meal anymore. In the end, unless you are a good cook, you will have to settle for a bland food.
So take it easy on your diet for now. If you’re so serious about your fitness, you could start working out as soon as you land in Poland. But don’t miss out feasting on your favorite food when it is still possible.
10. Spend time with your family and get your personal things 'in order'
This is a no brainer. The major portion of your life till now was spent with your family. You are going to miss your parents and siblings badly. So spend as much time as you can with them. Most importantly, talk to them openly about your future plans. Address their concerns and get all your personal matters ‘in order’ before you leave. You will not get the opportunity to sit and talk with them for a long while. This is to ensure that no major personal/family concerns are going to bother you when you are 5,000 miles away from home.
11. Spend time with your best friend
If you are lucky enough to arrive in Poland with a friend alongside, that’s great. But otherwise, you will easily find yourself longing for a good friend. So you will surely miss the days spent with your best friend(s) when you are all by yourself. Take a few days off now and have some great time with your best buds. Do all the crazy shit that you wanted to do. Because your paths are going to diverge and this moment in time may never come again.
12. Hold your heart and say the final goodbye!
Goodbyes aren’t easy. Not only does your farewell go to the people closest to you but to all the thousand other things that were an integral part of your life till now. This farewell goes to your home country! You are never going to see your motherland the same again when you come back next time.
For now, sincerely thank everyone who is a part of your success on this journey and bid your final adieu.