When students take that leap to travel, they expect nothing less than a life-enhancing transformation. It's a tall order, but not one educators or administrators need feel anxious about meeting. Given the nature of such threshold experiences and the new worlds they lead into, students are practically bound for growth.
Living overseas shattered my routine; it fixed what I did not even know was broken. Here are 4 ways living abroad has liberated me.
There's another reason why people travel, and it's intrinsic to the act of tearing oneself from familiar comforts to experience something else, something new. And in this newness, we hope to learn about ourselves.
The media frequently reports on the number of international students studying in the United States. And that is exactly how we tend to think about it - students from other countries coming to the US. Yet, a growing number of US students are now looking overseas for their college degree.
Out in the wide, wide world, students will meet lots of different people of all kinds, but in general, students travelling abroad will encounter certain types of people.
While your mind is currently filled to the brim with a never-ending list of what to pack, what your host family and fellow students will be like, how hard your classes will be, etc. etc., I encourage you to take a moment to instead think about just how mother-freaking life-changing these next few months are about to be for you.
This was the best experience of my life and something that every college student should experience if the opportunity arises. Studying in a different country allows for students to step outside their comfort zone and grow as a person.