Five lessons: Studying abroad…
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I previously wrote a post for thecircular.org, a college website for journalism students in Griffith College Dublin, on a study abroad guide. Now that I am officially done with my master’s degree, I see the need to write a follow-up post on the 5 important lessons I have learnt studying abroad.
Studying abroad is a transformation: prepare to return a changed person, for good.
I recognise that the idea of studying abroad can be exciting and amazing yet a challenging opportunity. I am a totally different person now, in a good way, compared to how I was before leaving my home country, Nigeria.
*The world is bigger than you think: People keep saying that the ”world is a small place”. Studying abroad has, however, made me not to believe in this statement. The world is indeed not a small place; there are many places and various things to learn once you leave your comfort zone or not so comfort zone.
*You appreciate where you are coming from more: This should be number one on the list! When I was in my home country, I took so many things for granted: thefood, the weather, the freedom of wearing whatever you want at any time, my mother’s wahala! Studying abroad has made me appreciate my country more. It is, however, no news that Nigeria is currently in a disheartening state, but I believe that change will eventually come.
*Learning other cultures is fun: This lesson goes hand in hand with the first lesson on this list; studying abroad has made me appreciate cultural identities, values and beliefs. This is also one of the main advantages of internationalisation in higher education; studying abroad gives you an unimaginable chance to encounter another lifestyle.
*Planning is a necessity: In as much as you want to explore the new city you are in, you have to remember the main reason for being in that city… to study. The primary idea of studying abroad is to get a graduate certificate, everything else is secondary. Hence, planning is key because you need to balance school work with extracurricular activities.
*Change is indeed a good thing: Before I left my home country, I was working full time and at some point in my life, I felt that I was merely existing and not truly living… I ached for change and it almost made me go crazy. I have experienced the change I craved for now and it has improved me… I will forever be grateful for such experience.
Are you currently studying abroad? Or are you currently out of your comfort zone? What lessons have you learnt so far? I will like to read your experiences so far.
Have a blessed week, guys!