What I've Learned From My Study Abroad Experience

December 20, 2016

It’s funny when you move abroad and at first everything seems new, weird and exciting. It takes a few months for the shock to settle down, until you start become familiar with everything and how everything works. For example, in the beginning I became extremely stressed out when I was supposed to go and do my laundry and I didn’t know how and where I should do it. Or when I was supposed to get my school books from the bookshop. I had now idea where it was, which books I would need and what if there weren’t any left?! After all this panicking, everything still went okay. I got my books, know where to do my laundry and I’m doing pretty good in my classes. My point is, despite the worries, if you ever get the chance to go and study abroad: please do. You will never regret it – ever. Even if you go to the other side of the world, it will start to feel like home after one or two months. Isn’t that funny and amazing? You can move to another country and make it your home. Traveling can be a lot more difficult when your studies are over, so I highly recommend studying abroad even if you’re scared. I was scared to death, and yet here I am doing great. To make a change is scary, but when you get over the fear the awesomeness starts – I promise. Here’s what happened when I got over my fear and what I learned:

1. Independence

2. Openness

I met people I normally wouldn’t hang out with and now we’re really close friends.

3. Appreciation for your home country

4. Patience

It takes time to learn the new culture and how things work.

5. Confidence

I feel like I could move anywhere in the world.

6. The value of friendship

I’ve made so many friends from different countries, and it makes me sad that we’re leaving each other.

7. Happiness

I feel really happy that I had this experience. I’m definitely going to come back here one day.

Even if you’re nervous before going abroad, please do go. You will not regret it, I promise. This experience has given me so much to take home that I can’t even begin to describe it. I feel both happiness and sadness at the same time when my departure is getting closer. I’m lucky that my study abroad experience went so well and I know I’m going to miss this place, and the lovely people I’ve met here.

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