Being an international student is definitely a life-changing experience! I think that anyone who has spent so much as a semester studying abroad can relate to my previous statement so I don’t need to argument it, right?
It changes you as a person, it adds and builds character in such a way that nothing else will ever do and all that… But though I could preach about the general benefits and also give opposing arguments to studying abroad, I am not going to do that. Not now, anyway…
Still, as a future communicator, I can’t help but think of how important it is to be in an environment that opens our minds and challenges every day.
It has already been said, we live in a “global village”. Now, more than ever, we need to understand our clients, no matter where they come from! And we absolutely need to understand our public if we ever plan on being successful in our jobs!
Easier said than done, isn’t it? For some it might be harder than for others, but I would always say that the best way to do that is to study abroad (if you can, of course).
Be the “Foreigner”, the “Traveller”, the “Weird International”. Break your boundaries and exceed your limits (don’t we all love clichés!?).
Learn how to listen to other cultures and adapt to them!
Be a kind guest to your new home, no matter how temporary it might be!
Be a business card for your own culture, but also let your new one embrace you!
You will see how much easier it gets to face a challenge or adjust to any new working environment. You will also find it a lot easier to understand those who are different. You will know how to listen to people, whether they are your colleagues or your clients, because you’ve actually done it before!
And these are just a few of the “perks” of studying abroad…
How can all that not help a future communicator? I think it does!