By Megan Brickley
If you are anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions usually look something like this:
With that being said, there is a solution: studying abroad can help you keep the New Year’s resolutions that you have already made. Read on to find out what some of the most common New Year’s resolutions last year were, and how you can keep them this year by studying abroad.
Exercising is much easier when it does not involve sweating it out on a treadmill. If you are studying in Amsterdam, buy or borrow a bicycle and cycle to and from your classes. If you are studying in Australia, go surfing on the Gold Coast. If you are studying in Vietnam, go hiking in the mountains. You get the idea: be inspired to make exercise more fun through getting involved in your host countriy’s traditional or popular sports and activities.
Locally grown foods are fresher and have a higher nutritional value than imported foods. Shopping locally not only has added health benefits, it also allows you to delve deeper into the community that you are living in by eating seasonal and local dishes.
Contrary to popular belief, studying abroad can actually help you save money. Several countries offer free or very inexpensive tuition to international students. Moreover, even if you decide to study at a more expensive university, there are plenty of study abroad scholarships available to help alleviate university costs. If you are working or volunteering abroad, booking flights in advance, using staff or volunteer accommodation and choosing local experiences over tourist traps are all ways to save money.
Learn a New Skill
Now that businesses are operating on an increasingly global scale, becoming bi- or multilingual can unlock many career opportunities. Living abroad and learning by immersion is the ideal foundation for learning a language.
Make New Friends
The friends you make when you live abroad are friends for life. From late nights spent studying together during your studies abroad to group weekend trips to neighbouring countries and stumbling through conversations in new languages, you will have many shared memories with your new cosmopolitan friends.
Get a New Job
Working abroad will enhance your life through bringing you international networking opportunities and helping you build soft skills such as creative problem solving, high levels of adaptability, independence and resilience. Living abroad can also open doors to career possibilities you had never considered before, from working as a snow sports instructor in New Zealand, to teaching surfing in Hawaii.
Although everyone’s international adventure is different, no matter where you go, your exciting and new surroundings will help you achieve the goals and resolutions you set for yourself.