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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad
 
Every year thousands and thousands of young adults leave the comforts of their homes to study in a foreign country such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. There seems to be an
element of glamour involved. On the contrary, studying abroad has more benefits than just that. However, for every pro there is a con.

First, let us look at the pros. Living in another country means leaving behind all the comforts of home and having to do everything for yourself. You would need to do things you may have never done in your home country. These include cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, washing clothes, figuring out transportation and making living arrangements. Many students go home proud that they have become very independent individuals. Achieving all this also improves self-esteem and builds strength of character. You will become more confident than ever. Your life will be forever changed.

Studying in a foreign country also means having to speak English even more than what you are used to. Everywhere you turn, you will be exposed to the language - on the streets, in the stores, on campus - you can't get away from it. You will be forced to interact with the local people there in English apart from writing and reading the language on campus. The plus point here is that your English language proficiency will improve by leaps and bounds. The best way to learn or improve on a language is by using it daily. Studying abroad also has its cons. Almost everyone will experience some homesickness. You will probably miss your family, friends, food and everything familiar. Apart from that, there is culture shock. You will need to get accustomed to new attitudes and ways of life.

On the other hand, living in a different culture helps you to realize there are different ways of doing things. You will also discover that at the end of the day, we are all human with the same emotions. The friendships you form will help you reach a new level of maturity.

Despite the disadvantages of studying abroad, the overall outcome is a positive one. What you can gain from this experience far outweighs the negative because there is no price for personal growth and realization.

     
by leaps and bounds   improve very quickly
     
culture shock   a ​feeling of ​confusion ​felt by someone ​visiting a ​country or ​place that they do not ​know
     
outweighs   more important than something else
     
 
 
 

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