GUYS! I AM GOING TO LONDON! HOW EXCITING IS THAT???!!!
Ok ok *breaths in, breathes out* I will try my hardest to contain my excitement. In short, I've been accepted to university in London, UK and I'm planning to start a new segment on my YouTube channel dedicated to all my British adventures! Wooooooo!
I've officially completed all the paperwork and registration/visa stuff for my university so I can proudly announce that... I'M MOVING TO LONDON IN 2 WEEKS!!!!! ^O^
I don't want to disclose too much information about where I'll be studying and what I'll be doing because I'll make a separate video about that so please stay tuned!
This whole summer I've been in such a shaky state of uncertainty over my future. As soon as I graduated I knew that I was accepted into university but only conditionally so I had to wait until July to get my exam results to see if they are good enough for my conditional offer. When I received my exam results I finally got my unconditional acceptance but that did not ease my nervousness because there was the oh-so-easily-evasive-visa! -___- The process was so lengthy and complicated and nerve-wrecking that I honestly think there's nothing I'm not ready for in London because I've gone through the worst and came out on top!
Anyways, I don't want to bore you all with the paper work stuff and I just want to show HOW FREAKISHLY EXCITED I AM that it's over and I can finally relax and enjoy these few weeks before I move!! :D
For those of you who are interested in getting a student (Tier 4) visa to study in the UK, make sure to:
1. Start thinking and researching about the visa ahead of time! (I mean like 2-3 months in advance if you can). This process took me over a month and I ended up having only 2 weeks between getting the visa and flying out to the UK, which I think is too close.
For all my Israeli friends, our dear country does not have a visa department that issues student visas to the UK because I guess there aren't enough students going off to study in the UK and otherwise we're lucky enough to not need a visa to travel to the UK as tourists. Therefore, your documents, just like mine, will be sent to Turkey because they have a visa-issuing office there.
When your visa arrives make sure to DOUBLE-TRIPLE-QUADRIPLE check it because Turks make mistakes (not trying to be racist or anything but seriously they do. Like big mistakes and a lot of them because I wasn't the only one that had issues with my visa while in the UK). Basically my visa strangely indicated that I am only allowed to work 10 hours a week during term time, which is WRONG. If you have the same written on your visa then it's a MISTAKE and it should be corrected because seriously, 10 hours a week is a joke of life and you will not be able to find any job while studying, even part-time.
I noticed the mistake quite late because I didn't plan to work during my first year anyways. I noticed it 4-5 months after arriving in the UK so I went to my university's student centre (HELPFUL TIP: If you have any question regarding your stay in the UK, studies, healthcare questions, or seriously just anything, GO TO YOUR UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT CENTRE! Each university has one, I'm sure, and the one in my university is so helpful!) and asked them what to do. They asked to take my passport so that they can check the visa (my visa was issued inside my passport, I think it works differently for some people who get their visa as a separate piece of paper) and send it to the Immigration Office or whoever deals with visas in the UK. Originally they scared me that the process would take up to a month so I would technically be passport-less for a month, which wasn't ideal and just scary when you're all alone in a foreign country. However, I was willing to go through that for the sake of correcting this horrid mistake. Thankfully, I got my passport back after a week or two. I didn't even notice the time passing so that was great. i'm so happy I went to the student centre because they dealt with my problem for me and I didn't even have to lift a finger, for reals :D So now I actually have two visas in my passport: the old one, which they nullified, and the new one with the right amount of allowed working time, which is 20 hours a week (Still not perfect but bearable for a student cause working more than that while studying is impossible and requires super-human abilities).
Otherwise, I can't think of anything else visa-related that you guys should keep in mind apart from making sure to approach this as an adult. Honestly, I was 18 when this whole moving-to-a-foreign-country-to-study mess fell on my head and it taught me a lot of important lessons. First time in my life my parents weren't able to help me because they don't speak enough English and don't know much about studying abroad. I was left to my own self to deal with everything: visas, student accommodations, enrolling into classes, etc. But don't let this scare you! I've met 16 years old in my student accommodation who had their s**t together and managed to get into university at such young age (omg what am I doing with my life?!), so looking at people like that I don't really worry because if they managed, so can I and so can you :) x