Studying abroad is the dream of any student. New country, new friends, new people! But are there some things you might regret about studying abroad? Or maybe ‘Regret’ may be too strong of a word, but when study abroad alumni were asked, “What is one thing you would have done differently while studying aboard?” This article provides some of their experiences. Find out what you can learn from their mistakes and return from your trip satisfied and full of new experiences!
“I made no friends”
When students do a study abroad program, they might think that they do not need friends to feel comfortable.You can chat with your friends from home, after all. Many students think that a short-term exchange or study abroad program is not long enough to find friends. But when you go abroad you find out a strange thing: it seems that time slows down and not paying attention to new people who are around you is a gross mistake. Meet new people when you are abroad! If you study in an international class, you have more opportunities to discover different cultures and find out how people from different countries live.
“I should have done it earlier”
Most students regret the time they’ve lost. They felt that if they had known that studying abroad would reveal such opportunities, they would have decided to make the trip earlier. They learned that going abroad has a unique chance of helping one understand the essence of one’s life and find out how to deal with problems in a new and unfamiliar setting and that it is also an effective way of going outside one’s comfort zone to find those opportunities and learn about one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
“I didn’t study the language”
For some study abroad students, it will be necessary to know the host language ahead of time. When possible, travel with your host family. Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity to master a foreign language. When you go to your host country, learn the basics of the language,it will make you will feel more comfortable.
“I regret I didn’t travel more”
Some study abroad students will have time and opportunity to travel. College level students should try to use weekends to go to some other city, visit main attractions in the city or town, and go to museums. If it is possible, see if your exchange program has opportunities you can take advantage of.
“ I Didn’t Take Enough Pictures or Record of Anything”
So many students start a journal or create a blog only to come home with just two entries. Taking just a little time to record your experiences will be priceless after you return home. So much is happening; it will be hard to keep it all straight.
“I wish I could have stayed longer”
You can hardly find anyone who would want to go back home. Most students would like to study abroad for a longer time. If you have such an opportunity and can afford it, use it. You will change your attitude to studying, your feelings about yourself, and learn more about the way you should live your life. It will help you grow as a person. Widen your horizons with the opportunities life gives you!