This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 16 November 2016.
There is no doubt that studying abroad is amazing. Of course there are many ups and downs when you’re actually doing it but after successfully finishing it, I realised that there were many things I learned during the process.
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So without further ado.
1. You learn to push yourself in a way you didn’t know was possible, like adapting yourself in a new country. It seems daunting at first but as you go on, it’s actually pretty doable.
2. You get new friends of many nationalities. If you were like me who went on an international programme then this is a guarantee, but even if you are on a regular programme, chances are you’ll meet people from all over the world anyway. This is one of the best part of studying abroad, the chance to learn new cultures, languages from your own friends!
3. You get student privileges. As in discounts. As a student, you will probably get many advantages from free entrance to museums to discounts on trains. Know your priviliges as a student and use them wisely.
4. You learn to be creative. Did you know that you can use a rice cooker as a pasta cooker instead? As a foreign student, being creative is just part of who you are, especially when you’re with friends. My friends and I used to cook each other’s national dishes and often we didn’t have all the kitchen utensils therefore we had to be creative. And our creativity didn’t just stop in the kitchen! Looking back it was definitely our best memories!
5. You get to enjoy new ways of studying. Surely how people study in your country differs to other countries. Like in France (and I’m sure in many other countries in Europe) people enjoy studying inside in cafes and libraries during the cold months and outside in parks and by the canals in the summer – something I rarely do in my own country.
6. You pick new habits from your adopted country. I love how in France everyone says “bonjour” and “merci” to everyone! It’s such a great thing to do.
7. You expand your culinary horizon. I now have occassional cravings for rice with chorizo, arepas, pierogi, a sip of rakia – all thanks to my wonderful friends who introduced them to me.
8. You learn more about yourself. Being far away from my family, toughen me up a little. It made me more independent and I learned a whole great deal about who I am as a person.
9. You realise that even with the many differences, everyone has something in common. No matter where you’re from, you can always find something similar.
10. You will get addicted. You will love being in a new country, learning about new cultures – and this will get you hooked, you’ll want more. And I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.
Have you ever studied abroad? What did you like most about it?
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