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Study Abroad – Don’t Think Of It As A Mere Change Of Location

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Photo: Taoyuan Airport in the morning

Yesterday I encountered 2 students from my home country in the campus. They surprised me by how they spent their time in Taiwan. They only hang out with people from the same country. The language that they talk every day is still our mother tongue, not English or Mandarin. They don’t make any local friends or friends from other countries. They don’t go out if there is not another experienced one accompanying them.  They are more willing to join a group of people they don’t know just because of the “same country” excuse than to go around the city on their own.

Then why why why do you come here in the first place?

Please tell me why…

T_T

Study abroad is not just about changing location, it’s about experiencing a new life, making new friends, eating new food, absorbing new cultures… If you’re not ready for that, stay at home.

I have met people coming back from abroad with their mind narrowed down because they had limited themselves to a certain bunch of people during several years. If they hadn’t gone abroad, maybe they would have been better. At least while staying in our country, they would have had a wider circle of acquaintances.

Okay, everyone can live as they want to. Yet I’m pretty sure I won’t join these guys any longer. Wandering alone in a night market and enjoying local food would be much better for me than sitting there listening to them gossiping about the private life of a model back in our home country.

No… No… No… We are not meant to be with each other. Bye, guy. And no “see ya”.

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