A Reality Check of Studying Abroad
It is human nature to keep searching for greener pastures. That is why people would leave their comfort zones to chase after their dreams of making it big. Such is the case for students who wish to study abroad. There are several reasons why students would want to study abroad. It could be that they are looking for better opportunities elsewhere. It could be that they want to experience what it is like to be on their own. It could be a number of reasons. But the bottom line is that most students who get the chance to study abroad are excited and looking forward to what seems to be another adventure. However, expectations are usually very different from reality and students should hold themselves in check to keep from getting too disappointed about life abroad.
Realities of living and studying abroad
Being in a new place is without a doubt very exciting. Everything would be a novelty and it is like you are discovering a whole new world. However, as exciting as it may be, there will always be a downside to things.
- You start missing everyone and everything.
You know that saying “you only miss someone when he or she is gone?” Well, there you have it. You will miss the people dearest to you even when you are still at the airport trying to catch your plane. The reality that you will only see them once again after a while will start to weigh you down. You’ll miss how your mom would always nag you to eat right or how your dad keeps insisting on fetching you from school. Even your annoying little sister who keeps barging in on your room will be sorely missed.
- There are more restrictions there than at home.
Let’s face it. You are in a whole new territory and you probably do not know all the rules. So you have to be extra careful because there is no mom or dad to run to when you are in trouble. You have to watch out for yourself and that means you need to be extra careful that you do not break any rules.
- You have to work harder than you ever will.
Not only would your environment be more competitive and challenging, you would have to do all the work yourself. Your laundry, cleaning, cooking and everything else would have to be done by you. And on top of that, you need to study extra hard to keep up and prove to the locals that you can keep up with their educational system.
- Your body needs to adjust with its new environment.
And that means you probably would get sick often. Unless you have the same weather at home and your new country of residence, you probably would catch the flu. So pack up some ample medicine when you do leave since you are going to need it.
- Finding work during and after school is a nightmare.
Yes, you probably would need to work during your stay at school to keep up with your expenses. Right after graduation you would also need to find work. Now, if it is challenging to find work in your country of origin, it would be twice as hard to look for work in another country. You would be competing against locals who would be given priority for the job openings. So you need to be on top of your game to find work.
Living and studying abroad is not a walk in the park. There are a lot of realities that you would have to be prepared to meet. However, at the end of the day, it could all be worth it. There are several good things that you would also get from studying abroad. It is an opportunity of a lifetime for sure. But just remember that it is not like winning the lottery and everything will be easy and grand from thereon out. You have to work for it because reality always comes with both the good and the bad.