Being an international student and travelling to a new country where I did not have any relatives or friends that I have been in touch with for years.
The online student communities were very beneficial to me and a great way to start feeling like I belonged before even stepping foot into the country.
Through online communities especially Facebook, I got to interact with a few people and even be added to a group with people in my student accommodation. There I was able to find out any information I needed; this was all before I travelled.
When I entered the country and was trying to find my way to my accommodation but was having trouble, I reached out to the online community and got help from many people giving me directions to get there.
It is safe to say that without the online communities I would have felt very lost and alone in a country I have never been to.