Studying abroad can sometimes be a tough decision to make. One has to take into account many factors, such as the tuition fees, accommodation, costs, health, and security issues. In addition, leaving the comfort zone of your own institution, country, and family is never an easy choice. Despite all this, students all over the world are increasingly traveling to newer and more destinations to enhance their educational experience. The benefits of studying abroad are many, and they are fast outweighing the costs.
The opportunities and risks of studying abroad come with another factor. Many of the students who visit another country for their studies report a change in themselves, one way or the other. These changes are largely due to not what they learn inside the classrooms and lecture halls abroad, but rather through living in another country and culture. Some students have even changed their majors, their social groups, and their general activities after returning from abroad.
I have compiled a list of the ways in which students have reported changes in their worldviews and habits due to studying abroad. This may help students make a more informed decision about looking to experience a different culture while studying abroad.
1. You Become Independent
When an individual is still in school, they have a tendency to depend on their parents for everything. Be it money, laundry, or food, children and teenagers tend to be unaware of how to take care of themselves. By going abroad on their own, even if they are staying with another family, students experience their first tastes of real responsibility.
In recent times, there has been a growing awareness of how millennial, in particular, are seemingly unable to ‘adult’. This means they seem to be unable to perform basic activities that their life depends on. This may be cooking, filling out a bank form, or performing simple repairs. If more students were sent abroad and told to deal with their own problems, this tendency might go down.
Along with independence, one also develops confidence in their ability to deal with serious and everyday issues. They would also learn how to stand on their own feet without looking towards their parents, teachers, or the peer group for justification or guidance.
2. It Makes You Realize What Is Important
There may be students who aren’t appreciated at home but excel when they’re put into an unusual learning environment. This might be because they’re more suited to a different teaching process than they receive at home. Someone who struggled with examinations and tests may find that practical life lessons are more their drift.
Additionally, one may have issues such as bullying, or be too involved with one single group of friends. Getting out of that bubble forces a young person to think about what skills they have and how to apply them. It also instills in them the realization that their own little world is not available or applicable universally.
Everyone needs a break from their daily routines every now and then. Youngsters too often tend to become stuck in the vicious circles of social media, video games, or other activities that aren’t stimulating or creative enough. Studying abroad forcibly and physically brings them out of this circle and instills in them a fresh and new understanding of the world.
3. It Inculcates In You The Love For Learning
Attending schools of universities abroad not only enhances your transcription and credits but also your general learning experience. A weak or uninterested student may only want to go abroad because he was forced to, or because he wanted some fun and independence.
However, upon finding themselves in a new culture, many students find themselves developing a passion for knowledge. This may be triggered by their curiosity about the way in which a people foreign to him live. Alternatively, students could become impressed by the methods and processes that the native professors and lecturers use to teach their students.
Additionally, the program designed for students to study abroad includes extras like field trips and tours. Experiencing the nature of a different country, visiting its museums and places of worship, conversing with new people; all this could make a person thirst for more knowledge. It’s true that the more you know, the more you realize that you don’t know.
These field trip and outings also ensure that students gain education from something other than lectures and books. Their success at living life on their own means that they score something more important than a high letter grade or numerical score. This triggers a further wish to keep on learning in new and varied ways.
4. It Ensures Helps You Grown As A Person
When a student returns from studying abroad, they have grown in more ways than one. The exposure to different cultures, experience, and viewpoints would have rounded out their personality. They would have more unique opinions, more fascinating stories, and a much broader outlook on life. Additionally, they would be more likely to appreciate the luxuries and comfort of home, which they may have taken for granted earlier.
Interacting with the locals is one of the key factors when one studies abroad. Immersing oneself in a new culture takes an individual out of their self-centeredness. Realizing that not everyone has the same sense of right and wrong, or the same values, can rally humble a person. The earlier this is done, within student life, the better. All in all, the abroad experience can really make an adult out of a child.
If a student does get the chance to participate in a study abroad program, it is highly recommended that they jump at the chance. This experience is probably only available to a student in terms of costs, field trips, and studying opportunities.
When one makes the decision to study abroad, they should prepare themselves for a destabilizing change. The experience has changedmany a student, often for the better. However, the end result is obviously different for every student. Everyone has their own unique personality and reactions to particular situations. Nevertheless, studying abroad does give back to the student in several ways, and is the opportunity of a lifetime.
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