Coming to a big city university from a small town can undoubtedly be a scary experience. Perhaps you’ve spent your life in a village with a population of hundreds, and so going to a city with populations bigger than some countries can be a culture shock. But there are ways to work through your fears.
Embrace the fear
Everything is going to be bigger in a city. The buildings, the cars, the traffic jams, the pace of life, the egos and attitudes. It will be daunting for you, but the only way for you to get past this is to jump in with both feet.
This is a brilliant way for you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You’ll meet new people and experience new opportunities. Elite Daily encourages you to revel in the sheer amount of new people you’ll meet. They argue that while you may feel vulnerable, this is perfectly normal. And the excitement of the unknown will outweigh your fears.
In a village, it is easy to know everyone, because the population is much smaller. In a big city, the population could stretch into the millions and unfortunately some of these people might want to do you harm.
As a stranger, you’re the perfect target for thieves, pick-pockets and con artists. If you’re in a touristy area, then keep an eye out for any fake tourist guides. It doesn’t take much to make them look legitimate. All they need is a blazar.
If they approach you, then don’t go anywhere with them. Question them about who they work for and if possible call up their company. A word of warning though: depending how organised the con-man, he could have arranged for an actor to take your call. The best thing is to always pre-book your sightseeing from reputable vendors. Not just randomers from off the street.
Also keep a watch on your pockets. Store valuables inside zipped pockets or money belts and as Lifehacker argues don’t put phones in your back pocket
Take advantage of every opportunity
In a city, there is always something to do. You have open-mic poetry, stand-up comedy, jazz nights, coffee shops, tourist attractions, markets, theatre shows, open-air cinema, clubs and bars. Not to mention, there’s a range of different cuisines for you to try: Chinese, French, Italian, Indian, Turkish and Japanese.
And of course, the people. There’ll be people from all different backgrounds, some from all over the world. They’ll all have their own unique perspectives on life and will all have something different to offer you.
As Flocku argues in small towns, everyone knows everyone. You could go through school with the same group of friends. While some people might like this, other may find it stifling. Cities can provide endless stimulation and streams of entertainment. One opportunity could lead to ten more.
There is no doubt that moving to a big city from a small town can be a scary experience, but it can also be a rewarding one. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and find that you will grow as a person. When you return to your small town, you definitely won’t be the same person who left.