The world is a huge place, full of many different cultures, foods, traditions, many different folks and strokes. While people from America are used to a certain way of life, people around the world have completely different ways of doing things and people that leave America, whether to move out of country for good or to travel around the world, all talk about something called “culture shock”.
Culture shock, while typically referring to something that is frightening, can actually be really good for Americans to see outside of our view of the world. Doing this when young and still developing into the person that you one day will be, is a good idea because it helps broaden your worldview and open up your mind to new experiences and cultures that will impact you for the rest of your life.
Here are few compelling reasons that might convince you to study Abroad.
Take in a New Culture
The obvious reason. The one that a lot of older people wish they were able to accomplish, taking in a new culture is a vital part of studying abroad, one that makes the entire experience worth while. Because you get to choose which country you go to and what time of year, usually speaking, you can go to the country and culture you feel drawn too.
Different Styles of Education
Traveling while you are studying is another great idea because you get to experience the way that education works in your country of choice. There are different styles of education everywhere you go. Foe example, seeing how Italy works vs. America could really impact the way that you learn and the route you decide to take in your education.
Learning a Language
Although there are options for people who only speak English, for those people that are studying different languages or are even just bilingual, studying abroad is a great way to put your skills to test. Many people who study languages in college decide to Study Abroad because there is absolutely nothing like speaking the language every day all day, with the locals of the city you are residing in that have spoken it for all their lives.
Not only is studying abroad a great resume builder, but after traveling to a new country and experiencing the culture, your outlook on what you want to do with your life might change, transform and grow. Many people that travel in order to study abroad end up moving to their country of choice, finishing their education and starting their career there. This isn’t something everybody decides to do, but it could inspire the direction of your life.
When you go to study abroad, you will meet lifelong friends, both other people studying abroad at the school in your new home and locals that help teach you the ways of the new world you are living in. These people might go on to be the best man and maid of honor at your wedding- so cherish the experience and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
In the end, studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience that will teach you so many life lessons and have you wishing you could go back and do it again over and over- before you realize that you can, it’s called moving!