Months ago we started a series about “4 THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING YOUR STUDY ABROAD DESTINATION.” It’s been a while since we talked, but I still feel it can be helpful for those struggling to reach their ideal ability in English.
In the previous article (which you can see here) I gave you 4 things to consider when choosing your study abroad location, but I only addressed 2 out of the 4 drawbacks.
So let’s get back to the drawbacks and their solutions of Rule 3.
Rule 3: Go to a place that has interesting sights for you. (Enjoyable)
Drawback: There may not be any place in the world that you are interested in.
Rethink this notion.
It’s highly unlikely that there is no place you want to go to. The greater possibility is that you’ve either forgotten where you’ve always wanted to go, or you haven’t searched/thought about it.
Even on Japanese TV there are variety shows that show interesting sights around the world.
Type in a search engine ‘Most interesting/popular places in the world.’, ‘Places with the best weather/food.’. “The world is your oyster”, no pun intended.
Take the time to find places that could give you energy, Golden Gate Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Cape of Good Hope, or Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
It doesn’t even have to be some huge world famous sight, it could simply be the environment in any way. Places with good or cheap food, weather, kind people, uniquely beautiful nature, clean air, or something that helps energize you.
The point is: find a place that can carry you through the hard times.
I can say this works from personal experience: When I was going to university at UCLA I was having trouble with my department (they wouldn’t allow me to study abroad in Japan) and my long time girlfriend’s family made it frank that they didn’t want me around. Things were difficult for me personally and professionally. But what kept me chasing my dream and not returning to the bay area, was the beautiful architecture of the school…and the weather. The environment kept me going.
We sometimes overlook how our surroundings can carry us when we are down.
This posting got a little longer than I expected, so I’ll share how to overcome challenges with part 4 of studying abroad as soon as I can.
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