Not to sound cliché, but studying abroad has been the best experience of my life. Honestly, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but the excitement of living in another country sounded too good to pass up.
Over the years, after adapting to the new culture, learning a new language and living through the extreme Russian seasons, I have gradually come to appreciate diversity. There’s a lot I love about being an international student, but let’s stick to the top 5 for today. 🙂
Curiosity and excitement come naturally once you settle in a new place and this builds up an urge to explore the new country and the regions around it. Every day becomes an adventure. Wanderlust, anyone?
2. Personal growth.
There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You develop skills a classroom setting will never provide. Apart from discovering yourself, you also become aware of your strengths and abilities, learn to be independent and how to solve new problems.
3. Friends around the world.
While abroad, you get to meet not only natives to the country, but also other international students, who are as far from home as yourself.
4. New interests.
Studying abroad allows you to experience new activities that you would not normally encounter at home. You may just discover a new hobby or talent. During the winter holidays, I learnt how to ski and boy did I love it!
5. Global perspective.
As you experience and learn more about different cultures, you develop an informed and much less biased perspective toward other countries and people.
Always be kind.