Foreign Study Challenges

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ENGL 101-02
3/5/2012
Foreign Study Challenges

For many students, education is an important part of their personal life. By the time we are high school seniors, we make the decision, whether or not to continue with higher education. I believe that college is an important chapter in our live for learning – but not only about academics. In my opinion, it is a time for learning about us. By age thirteen, I chose to continue with education hoping to study abroad. Ever since I was young, I have dreamed of it. However, we know that international students face more challenges than their peers, because they have to confront academic differences, second language issues, culture shock, and so on. These students can struggle to adjust to their new surroundings, adding strain to an otherwise difficult life transition, and it can put a strain on personal lives. When I graduated from high school, I decided to apply to different colleges around the world; however, I always knew that I wanted to study in United States while in college. Something about being independent and experiences unusual things appealed to me. I had a strong desire to explore the world around me and learn from foreign people and their culture. Studying in another country was a thoughtful decision for me. I always knew it was going to be challenging. An international student, who wants to studies in an English-speaking country, usually should take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) which is an exam to prove their ability of reading, writing, and speaking in English language. The scores vary depending on the school you are applying for; many colleges have minimum expectations for proficiency in order to be successful. Despite getting high TOEFL scores, second language issues can still present problems for students. Because of the limitations, it is not easy for the international students fully understand what the professors say or what the professors want at the beginning, not to...
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