Studying abroad has many benefits that help you grow professionally and personally. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that allows students to expand their horizons. In 2016 alone, international students in the U.S. surpassed the 1 million mark, with 31 percent from China.
Recently, an article entitled “My Child, This Is Why We Sent You Abroad” went viral in China. Here is what the author, Jasmine Cheung, had to say.
Making decisions with new possibilities
When a student decides to further their studies overseas, it is a positive step toward overcoming their comfort level while experiencing a new environment in a foreign country. Apart from enhancing their academic qualifications, students will be able to develop the necessary creative, innovative, and independent skill sets that are imperative for future development.
They will gain self-sufficiency and learn how to think on their feet when studying overseas. They will also learn how to hear the voices of others and hone their teamwork skills. They will become aware of the possibility that they may not always be right as they are exposed to different ways of thinking in a group.
Developing independence and opportunities
Being alone in a foreign country makes a student independent and self-reliant in terms of solving issues and making important decisions that will in turn influence their future.
They establish relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This creates an opportunity for students to learn, explore, and expand their horizon. It also provides an opportunity for international networking.
As a part of their study curriculum, students can decide to do an internship in a foreign company. This provides an opportunity for them to obtain a placement offer after their completion.
Adapting to new situations
In class, at a favorite lunch café, or even during a weekend getaway, students will be thrown into unknown and potentially difficult situations. While it’s an exciting time to experience these novel moments, they may be forced outside of their comfort zone and feel a stronger need to scrutinize the situation, and to better plan for new situations.
The planning, organizing, and overall workflow can be applied to their career. Having studied abroad, they are now more equipped to handle high intensity demanding job roles, regardless of the field.
While studying abroad, during even the simplest interactions, they will be learning how to communicate in new ways daily. Depending on the language of the host country, they might resort to using a hybrid form of the English language, hand gestures, or a completely new language in their day-to-day interactions.
They will also learn to decipher facial expressions, body language, and gestures in order to successfully understand others and communicate their own opinions, needs, and questions.
Whatever method they use to communicate while studying abroad, they will be developing important cross-cultural communication skills that will undoubtedly help them in their future careers.
Jasmine Cheung concluded:
“In fact, the biggest gains are that they realize that they can survive in any country, and that they can pursue any future dream with newfound determination and skills. These two qualities alone will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
Translated by Yi Ming
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