In my sophomore year, I was curious about student exchange, as my friends were talking about going away for two semesters and studying in another state. I wasn’t very well informed about it because we don’t talk about it with my family – and no one in the family has ever tried being an exchange student.
It’s been over a week now since my daughter had no classes. She did enjoy the few days of waking up later than usual and eating much slower than she did when she had class. I was worried, though, that she might just get used to it and it’ll be harder for me to wake her up early again. To add to that, she’d grown ‘wider’ than the last week because she wasn’t really doing anything but play and eat!
Ambition and motivation are certainly admirable qualities – for the most part, that is. At times and in certain circumstances, being highly competitive and willing to take however much time is needed to do a job right is the only way to succeed. There is, unfortunately, a caveat to this kind of attitude, informally referred to as over-achieving. The fact is that, if you have one of these personalities, probably no one cares about the quality of your work as much as you do. And if nobody appreciates it enough, what do you do? Well… keep reading below, or consider talking with a professional that has experience resolving these types of concerns.
Taking the leap and studying abroad can be a fulfilling adventure. But, it also implies a degree of social isolation, facing challenging situations and moving way out of your comfort zone. Added to the pressure any degree course places on a person, it’s not unusual for foreign students to become withdrawn, stressed out or depressed.
If you are thinking of studying abroad, you’re probably aware that we live in a brave new world where borders and other barriers mean less than they used to. This will influence the choices a person makes when sketching out his future professional trajectory. While a large portion of the worldwide business community speaks some form of English, there are many benefits to being able to handle a conversation in another language, too.
After all the excitement, imagining and planning, actually finding yourself alone in a foreign city can come as a rude shock. Back home, you knew exactly which stores to go to if you wanted to buy new socks, electrician’s tape or candy. Suddenly, even these simple tasks become serious errands. The comfort of seeing familiar faces each day and the emotional support that comes from apparently inconsequential conversations with family are suddenly missing, and time zone differences may mean that they’re already asleep by the time you get up.