Studying abroad was the best choice I have ever made. It is something that is hard to describe, you just have to experience it. It changed me as a person, it opened me up to new people and perspectives. It also taught me more things about my own culture that I would have never realized if I didn’t go abroad. It was amazing, and I encourage all students to go abroad. Because I studied abroad, I have more of an urgency to travel to other parts of the world. If I could, I would do this experience over and over again without hesitation. I thought living in an international dorm opened my eyes to new perspectives about the Australian culture as well as other cultures around the world.
Studying abroad allows students to learn about different cultures and a different way of doing things, as basic as cooking a meal. Even though almost everyone in the world cooks their own meals, there are several ways of cooking a meal. Because I lived in an international dorm with 60 other people, I was able to experience different ways of living and cooking in the house I lived in. I had the opportunity to learn about their style of living, and they gave me suggestions about how I can improve on my cooking. Studying in another country, such as Australia makes me appreciate how grateful I am to receive such an amazing system for education. However, I really enjoyed seeing how other professors teach in another country, and how it differs from my home country, America. Even though it was a different learning style, I learned to appreciate what Australia offers as a country, and compare and contrast Australian to the American curriculum.
It’s kind of funny because it really is a once in a lifetime experience. I felt as though I had a unique, separate life across the globe. And it was nice having a feeling of closeness with people you’ve just met from all around the world, but it was nice knowing there was something to go back to in America, such as friends and family. So even if you didn’t have the best experience during your time abroad, you always have your life back where you’re from. Even though I left this second life behind, it isn’t goodbye, it’s a ‘see you later’ because the people I have met will stay in my life if it is meant to be. I already miss all the ‘inside jokes’ and laughs I’ve had with these amazing people, these moments will always be cherished in my heart <3