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Top 10 reasons to study abroad

Posted 09 August 2013
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Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In recent times studying abroad has become increasingly popular. So much so I thought I’d share my top ten reasons to study abroad.


Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In recent times studying abroad has become increasingly popular. So much so I thought I’d share my top ten reasons to study abroad.

●    It is an entirely different experience: Education is important whether it is in your hometown or in some other country but let’s face it, studying abroad is a whole new experience altogether. The area you study in has a huge impact on the entire learning process and studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience education in an entirely different dimension.

●    An open door to new opportunities: Studying abroad can be a key to opening doors that lead to many new and amazing opportunities. The very prospect of studying abroad broadens your imagination, encourages you to push beyond your own limits and hopefully one day become a role model that people in your home country can look up to.

●    Learning to work hard for what you want:  In my own experience, studying has pushed me to work harder than I would have if I was back in my own country. This is because you are aware that there are people back home looking up to you and hoping that you become great one day.

●    Learning to appreciate your home country:  Being away from your home country makes you appreciate things you may have previously taken for granted. Living in a new country allows you to see things about your home country from an outsider’s point of view. You will begin to appreciate all the good things you left behind and positively criticise  the areas that need change.
 
●    Exposure and change: The chameleon does change its colour when it is exposed to new or dangerous situations. The same change can occur in humans. Being abroad, you’re exposed to new people, new cultures, new surroundings and new behaviours; all of these experiences will change you in one way or another. This change can be instrumental in defining who you are as an individual that may even change the world themselves one day!

●    Meeting new people: This is one of the obvious reasons to study abroad. You will have plenty of opportunities to meet new people who as time goes by could even become the best friends you’ve ever had! Remember there is no limit to the number of people in your life.

●    Learning a new language: It’s a thing of pride to speak a language other than your mother tongue. Living and studying abroad will make this possible.

●    Employment opportunities: Most countries today are faced with the problem of unemployment; however most countries are better off than others. This is another major reason to study abroad; especially if you’re in one of the G7 like the UK, Russia, and Canada. Finding jobs are relatively easy in these parts, which is a good reason to live and study in these countries .

●    A new mind set: Most times in our own country, due to the media or some folk stories, you may have developed a stereotype or image of people of a particular country or race. Studying abroad helps to dispel any such ideas and helps you to view others as who they really are, not just the stereotype in our heads.

●    Independence: Living away from your family and home and being in an entirely new place is not an easy thing. It takes a lot of courage to do and being able to do it successfully will boost your confidence in yourself. This new independence is so beneficial and you can take it with you anywhere in the world and be able to fend for yourself no matter what. The survivor spirit, as I would call it!

You may now want to study abroad but do not know where, I’d suggest researching online as there are quite a lot of schools that are international-student friendly. One of these is Bellerbys College in the UK which has four campuses in London, Brighton, Cambridge and Oxford respectively.

You will not regret studying abroad, trust me. So make that step.

OSAIKHUWUOMWAN, Osariemen (LOVE)

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