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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is important for every college student to experience to help us prepare for work and life in today's globalized world. Today, most employers are looking to hire people who are able to thrive in an international setting. They don't want to have to worry about how you're going to do; they want to know you've already experienced a similar environment. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to study your area of focus in a different country with students from all over the world. Such programs aid in foreign language proficiency and provide cross cultural experiences and skills, plus it's a great travel opportunity.

Advantages of Studying Abroad

You are surrounded by English. Yes, you need to pay attention and do some studying, but everything comes faster when you do because English is everywhere- on the streets, in the stores, on the TV- you can't get away from it.

Your eyes are opened to the world. We often grow up thinking that our way of doing things is the only way, or sometimes the best way. But living in a new culture helps us realize new ways of doing things, and also helps us to see that even though we are different, we are all human. And in many cases, not only will you get to know the natives of the country you are visiting, you may get to know classmates from all over the world.

You learn to take care of yourself. Living in another country, even if it is with a host family, means you might be doing things you may not have done in your home country. These include cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, washing clothes, figuring out transportation, making living arrangements, setting up accounts for cell phones and utilities, etc. You may think of this as a disadvantage, but many international students go home proud that they have become very self sufficient.

Your life will be forever changed. One of the greatest things that happens when you do something as big as live in another country is- you become a changed person- your outlook on life is different. Your new maturity can help lead you to new places in your life.

You make memories that will last a lifetimeYour pictures, journals, and souvenirs will help you remember your time abroad, but your memories and emotions of this special time will also be a part of your life until you are very old.
Studying abroad can really change your life. And hopefully if you decide to do it, it will be a wonderful experience for you. The very best of luck to you.

 

 
 

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