Five Motivating Reasons Why One Should Study Abroad
Feb 3, 2013 Study Abroad 1922 Views
1. See more - Be more.
Half of the world is unaware of how the other half lives! The best way of learning is experiencing. Experiencing the Worlds by actually being there, seeing it, touching it, and living in it. Pictures on the web do no justice to the magnanimous beauty of the Eiffel Tower. They do not take your breath away like the first sight of the Statue of Liberty does. One can learn new languages, cultures, meet new people, learn different religions, see new places, experience a new way of life all just by travelling. Autumn, for instance is unheard of in a place like India. 'Rain' is so different when comparing the soft grey drizzle of London to the harsh downpour of Mumbai. Study in Canada, Travel to China, Work in Dubai, Prosper in New Zealand, Retire in Maldives. "The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page", so said Saint Augustine.
2. Gain a new insight on yourself and where you belong.
The American anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "As the traveller who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own." Too often we intend to be unaware of our own qualities and setbacks. Overseas education gives a person to learn not only about other individuals and their cultures but even nudges them to gain a deeper insight on their own roots. One begins to see his/her own culture, from someone else's vantage point. Despite of exposure to diversified traditions people admit of growing closer to their own.
3. Explore your heritage
Another strong motivation to study abroad is to affiliate oneself with their family heritage. Almost all international students from minority report tremendous educational and personal benefits from exploring countries where their families have roots. Studying abroad can provide you with an opportunity to learn about your own ethnicity and to explore your own identity.
4. Learn a new language
The truest way to learn a new language is to sing a song in it! For those of you who aren't born vocalists, the second best method is to visit a country that teaches it to you! Why do should one learn a new language? Because learning a foreign language amplifies educational development, not only improving one's communication skills, but even giving them a whole new world of opportunities he/she might not have otherwise.
5. Improve your professional and financial potential
Irrespective of the country one many belong to, foreign education and international exposure looks immensely impressive on any resume. Apart from personal growth one develops international and cross-cultural skills that will directly affect his/her employment prospects and income potential. In a globalised world, with immense ethical and cultural diversity in the work force, the need for employees with exposure in different countries who have skills of dealing with clients of different cultural backgrounds, is rising by the hour. Alternatively, several countries are giving international students the option of pursuing internships while they study or working on completion of their programs on a post study work visa.