Education is an undeniably life-changing experience. For those of us that are lucky enough to have access to education, we must be willing and able to acknowledge that we are so lucky, as well as going out of our way to take advantage of all it has to offer. Sometimes, it can be difficult to rise above the chaos of assessment-heavy semesters, but whenever possible, students should always try, try, try, to squeeze the absolute most out of it. The solutions do not always come easily, but they are always worth the leap. For more and more students every year, that solution comes in the form of studying abroad.
Once considered a relatively niche approach to education, overseas study has been steadily growing more and more over the years, its value proving itself time and again. Now, studying abroad is so immensely popular that it is unusual to go through one’s entire academic experience without at the very least having a friend of a friend that has taken on abroad study. It is an exhilarating and unique approach to education that has captured the interest and the hearts of millions of students the world over.
The surging interest in overseas study
More and more students are embracing the opportunity of overseas study every single year. While it is not necessarily known exactly why this is, one could harbour an educated guess that it has something to do with the growing awareness surrounding experiences of students who have taken on abroad study themselves. This is no doubt helped by the fact that students are overwhelmingly attracted to adventure more than ever, and studying abroad is of course the ultimate adventure for a student, no matter where in the world they live and study from.
Learning the value of accountability and time management
Overseas study fosters the important life skills of accountability and time management. Being in a new place is exciting, it is easy to get distracted and want to explore before anything else. But, you are still there to study (at least part of the duration of your adventure). So, you must learn to be accountable for your own progress and successes, using time management skills to enforce those commitments. Sometimes that means going to pay for a research paper, so that you can cope with the overwhelming workload and focus your energies on other, more important assessments. And other times, it means working harder throughout the week to be able to spend your entire weekend exploring the big, wide world of where you now find yourself.
Gaining real world experience while broadening academic horizons
Studying abroad inevitably puts you in a position where you are in a new environment, and unfamiliar with your surroundings from all angles. What this also means, however, is that this is an opportunity to embrace this sense of unfamiliarity, and use it to carve new experiences and industry connections in the process. In a new part of the world, you are studying and inevitably interacting with people you might never otherwise have encountered. Some of these people might prove to be the most valuable industry connections you will ever have, so it is worth studying abroad even (but not solely) for that fact, that realisation in vivid motion.