Hi Hi my blog readers!! About a two months ago I was given the opportunity to do an internship aboard. I enjoyed going to a new country so much, if given the chance I would love to do one again. Since returning home I’ve had a lot of time to ponder on my travels and thought about a few of the pros and cons with studying aboard; I thought I would share those . So here are 9 Pros and Cons of studying abroad.
1. Culture Shock
Although I might have traveled to an English-speaking country the Culture shock was still amazing. From how things are run to how people get around the country. Little norms that you would expect to be the same weren’t. It’s a good way to really learn about the country that you are in. The best thing to do when going to another country is having an open mind. To them things that we might do may seem weird or might make us stand out to them. I know for a fact my accent was the main thing that made me stick out from the locals but after a while it was a go with the flow through the rest of my trip
Studying aboard is an experience that you will never forget. It allows you to see the world from a different perspective and allow you to knock down a lot of stereotypes or views that you might have for another country. You get that first hand one on one experience that not a lot of people my have the benefit of being able to do. Heck you even get the chance to take courses that aren’t offered in your country that can really interest you. After you’ve experienced this your mind will be put into a whole new meaning that will allow you to have a better understanding of how different parts of the world work and function.
Glorious Food!!! You get to expand your taste buds to try new foods that you never would have thought to even try. You learn to love what the locals like and really enjoy it. In my case I tried a food that was here in the states in another country….The other country won for that food. Of course you’ll be able to brag a little by letting your friend know all the different things that you tried. In the process you can convince them to try foods that were similar to the foods where you were studying, as the saying goes you’ll never know if you like it until you try it. I’m sure somebody is dying to know what the food taste like. Learn a few recipes while your there that way when you come back you can fix them at home. Doing this helps when you having a little withdraws from the country you stayed a abundance amount of time in and you’ll feel like your right back there.
With attending a new college means gaining new friends whether it be making friends in that country or making friends that are from the same country or program as you. These friendships will last a lifetime. You’ll be able to relate to those studying aboard and have a lot in common with them. This will be a unique experience that will allow you to really appreciate the friends that you have. Also if you looking to vacation somewhere along the line in the future what better place to go back to where you have made friendships in.
5. Learning a New Language
Who doesn’t love learning a new language! Being bilingual is awesome and it looks great on your resume when you go to apply for jobs. Learning a new language also challenges yourself and your mind to do more a lot thinking and processing than the average person has to do. In a sense your, your own little super hero. Being able to talk to your new friends especially in their native tongue makes your really feel like your one of them and not some random person just studying abroad. You build new relationships over learning a new relationship whether it be at home or where your studying at. Major plus is when you come back home everybody will be so amazed at you knowing another language. Having a feeling of pride about accomplishing something that you wanted to do will please you greatly.
Learning how to budget in a new country is so different from home. Especially when it comes to the currency exchange rate. You have to make sure that you not over spending and staying within the limit. I’m not saying that if you see something you like that you can’t get it, by all means get it! BUT the main thing is knowing if you’ll be okay after you get it. You don’t want to by a 100 dollar item and be stuck for the rest of the week wondering how in the world are you going to eat for the rest of the week. It’s about making sacrifices that you know will benefit you in the end. If you don’t figure out how to do it the right way you’ll be pushing out a lot more money than you hope to do so. Ask students that have been abroad how they budgeted or look up different things on the internet that tells you about really understanding how to budget.
The homesickness will come eventually whether it be days, weeks, or months from now it will settle in slowly. You will miss your friends and family back home. I can’t tell you how much I missed my mom it was ridiculous. I thought I totally got this I’ll be okay…nope! She got a phone call and multiples texts all throughout the day, not that she really minded. Although I did become homesick I got a huge level of independence with being over there. If your starting to feel home sick try to make as many friends as you can, who knows you might even get adopted into a new family while your overseas. You’ll feel less and less of that huge feeling of homesickness. But don’t forget while you meeting new people to keep in touch with your family to let them know all of your experiences that you are getting.
Pro and Con
8. and 9. Adapting to a new place
Adapting to a new place can be a pro and con depending on how you look at it from your perspective. It’s all about learning the new ways, improving your language skills, and handling the new university course load. All of these things are new and challenging. It’s about whether you’re ready to take the challenge and go head first or continue to struggle constantly. Challenging yourself should be your biggest motivation when it comes to adapting to a new environment, seeing what’s new out there for you in order to learn yourself. It might be rough in the beginning but in the end it will definitely be worth it in the end.
Well those are my thoughts on studying abroad. I hoped you liked them and that they will be very useful in the near future. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!!!!