How Studying Abroad Changes You Forever (Seriously ):
Over the past 4 months, I have been studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, and my life has been forever changed along this journey. Only a select amount of people chose to go overseas during their minimal years at University and I encourage everyone to take the leap of faith and just do it. Over the course of your time abroad, you will change immensely and rapidly… These are a few things I have noticed that have changed in myself during my time in Australia.
How You Will Change:
- New Frame Of Reference:
When you go abroad, you get thrown into a completely new environment that forces you to open your eyes in many different ways. The old ways that you used to look at people and the world get blown out of proportion, causing you to change your frame of reference and the way you perceive everything. This is the most positive thing that will happen when you go abroad because you will be looking at the world through a new lens. All the people from different cultures that you interact with and become friends with will make you see all people in a new, loving, positive light. You won’t ever look at the world nor people the same again. 🙂
- More Acceptance:
Along with a new frame of reference, comes new profound ways of acceptance of others and of yourself. Since you are around different people all the time, a lot of them from different countries and cultures, you accept people more for who they are and not how you think they should be. This allows you to accept people more freely and put more emphasis on allowance than judgment. With this acceptance of others, comes acceptance of Self. You will begin to accept the things that make you, you, and that is a beautiful thing. You won’t judge yourself as much for silly things because you know that you are just a human being like everyone else. It’s really an empowering feeling.
- More Confidence:
Ah yes, more confidence. This one is huge when it comes to studying abroad. As I said, you get thrown into a completely new environment that causes you to change and with this, comes new confidence on so many levels. That once so shy kid in class may in fact start to raise his/her hand more often because of studying abroad. This is because you can be whoever you want to be when you leave your country. I mean that in all seriousness. You can shed all shyness and fear and leave it back at home when you go over seas. It is a crazy development to witness within yourself. You will begin to wander the streets with a new stride and a new kick in your heels because you are more confident than ever before.
This point is actually one of the hardest ones to integrate but it is one of the most important changes that will occur. You will have much more self-reliance when you study abroad, more than ever before. If you were like me, who left the house for the first time by choosing to study abroad, then you know who used to pick up YOUR slack back at home… your parents did. Welp guess what, all that slack is now on your shoulders because your parents aren’t here to help you with laundry or cooking dinner. This causes you to become much more independent in your life, which is awesome because you learn your own power. You’ll look back at your time abroad and be amazed at how you managed to do it all on your own.
- A Longing Of Wanderlust:
This will probably last a life-time.. You’ve broken the seal of the unknown and have ventured into the world for the first time. No this is not like going to Hawaii for a family vacation, this is something very different. The seal you have broken is the longing of wanderlust that is going to stay with you forever and it will most likely be the best thing to happen to you. You’re going to become a travel junkie and want to travel all around the world and your home country more than ever before. And the best part is that you will. You’ve done some crazy traveling already and the rest will be a piece of cake now.
- More Love For Home Country:
Saved the best for last! Yes, so you left your home country to get away from it all and explore the world. Well, studying abroad makes you have such profound love for your home country. You will meet people from all over the world and they will ask you about your country over and over again. Over time, you’ll realize that your home country is actually beautiful and not so bad after all. You’ll want to explore more of your home country and brag about it more once you get back.
Cheers for reading! I encourage all to travel the world and find a part of themselves that was never there before!
Peace, Love, & Smiles Always ~