Just really quick, before I start writing, I just wanted to ask you guys something. Lately I have been thinking about going overseas and teaching English as a second language. My top choices are South Korea, Japan, and China. I also am fairly sure I am going to be teaching in either Morocco or Nepal for the Peace Corps. So if you are from one of those countries, feel free to send me a message. I would love to know more about these places and teaching over there. Now, onto the blog!
Keeping with the school and education theme of things, I just got done with an English paper this past week on study abroad and its benefits. A friend of mine today told me that we would like to see me write about this so here you go, Nick, here you freaking go! Now the whole world knows who you are (well, not really but close enough)
For those of you living under a rock who doesn’t know what the heck I am talking about, allow me to enlighten you. When you study abroad, you go overseas to another country and study at a college or university in that country. I am actually planning on doing this in Milan, Italy my senior year in college. This has been growing in popularity the past few years and so here are just a few of the things you need to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to study abroad and where as well.
Milan, Italy (where I am studying abroad)
Now, certain places have certain requirements for different people. As is stated in my essay, if you are lactose intolerant, you may choose a place that is more familiar with goats. If you are a vegetarian, then you might prefer a place like India, where most people are vegetarians because of their religion. My point is, different people will have a harder time abroad due to the living conditions. If you are up for a bit of conditioning, then you should be fine. If a rare condition, like a friend of mine does, where you can’t eat very much stuff, then studying abroad may not be the best choice for you (unless you are going to like England or someplace really similar to the USA).
Secondly, the location is a key factor along with your major. Obviously, if you are majoring in French, you will not be going to Japan the study. Certain places will be obvious for people, such as foreign languages or certain kinds of art and music. Other than that, more places will be a possible if you are majoring in something such as computers, where many places have the same tech as us. Certain places will stand out more than others, such as japan or South Korea, as they are all very high tech. Keep these in mind as you prepare to go abroad.
Tokyo, Japan (one of the tech capitals of the world)
Also, I would try to find a place that you have friends going to as well. Now, I could say that you will make more friends in the country, but nothing is better than going somewhere with your best friends. See if they are studying something similar or if the school you are going to has the same programs for them. That way you can help your friends out with the decision as well.
Studying abroad is a great opportunity that will help you out in the long run and will bring you a ton of joy. There is nothing like exploring a new world while pursuing your dreams. Thank you guys! Don’t forget to Like this post and Subscribe to the blog on WordPress or on Facebook down below!
Ni Mingtian Jian!
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