6 Ways studying abroad will Transform Your Life Completely

6 Ways studying abroad will Transform Your Life Completely

Studying abroad is a huge decision. It is not easy to live far from home, you have to make a lot of changes to your lifestyle. Adjusting to a whole new environment just for a degree does not seem a like a good bargain. But studying abroad is not just about getting a degree. It offers new experiences and challenges that make your life exciting.

Studying abroad can have a lot of impact on a person. You will not be able to see the changes in your life but you will be able to feel the difference. Getting out of your comfort zone can be the best decision, leading to a once in a lifetime experience.


Here are some ways studying abroad can change your life.

1. Learning to be independent

Studying abroad is an excellent way of becoming independent. Moving to the new environment is daunting because it is a place where you do not know anyone. In a strange environment, you do not have anyone to depend upon so you have to handle each and every situation by yourself. It teaches a lot about living all by yourself. You do not have to change your personality but just evolve a little according to the circumstances. You learn to take care of your own matters and solve your own problems. It helps teach you to live an organized, confident and independent life.


2. Exploring new skills and opportunities

Most students choose to study abroad because they are passionate about learning and they want to get the best education. It provides them an opportunity to experience new teaching techniques that they would not have been able to experience at home.  There are many returning students using acquired skills such as TEFL certification abroad as a stepping stone for developing good career experience.

3. Accepting and enjoying diversity

Studying in a foreign country provides you with an opportunity to meet people belonging to different countries. It allows you to mingle with people from different social and ethnic backgrounds. The exposure is an excellent way of gaining understanding and appreciation for other cultures. When you get the chance to experience the culture of another country, you understand the value of diversity. It is excellent not just for your character growth but also for society in general.


4. Gaining new perspective

Experiencing the new culture and everything that comes along with the culture is useful in looking at things with a different perspective. A new environment always comes with new possibilities. You can take all of your acquired knowledge and make something new out of it. It provides an excellent opportunity to improve critical thinking as you get to analyze everything from a new perspective.

5. Broadening the horizons

Studying abroad is not just about improving the quality of education and getting a degree. It is about seeing new cultures and learning from them. Being in a new and alien environment provides an opportunity to learn new things. Apart from your educational degree you can learn a new language and try new cuisines. Take part in social activities that expose you to totally new activities and ideas. With all the new knowledge and experiences you will be able to bring that back home with you. It will present opportunities that would not have seemed possible before.


6. Learn finance managing skills

Living abroad will teach you how to manage your finances. While in the comfort of your home, surrounding by family, you may not keep that close of an eye on your bank account, but that changes when you are living independently in a foreign country. It teaches you the importance of keeping a budget and provides knowledge of exchange rates. As a foreign student, you may be eligible for scholarship options and other ways of saving money. Meet a new culture, learn new things, and possibly get scholarships for an amazing experience abroad. It could be a win-win.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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