From my own experience, I know that most students will benefit greatly from a study abroad experience, because studying abroad enables students to experience a different culture and food, learn a foreign language, make friends with people from different backgrounds, be independent, and broaden their horizons. I probably could write down a whole page of benefits if I wanted to. Several advantages I will talk about here are the most prominent ones, based on my own experience.
Studying abroad forces me to be truly independent in my life. In the past, I had never been separated from my parents for over one month. But now, the fact is that I have to stay in the USA, where I have no relatives and friends, for five years. Before I came here, I had no worries at all about my life. I mean that my parents did almost everything they could for me–they decided which school I would attend, cooked for me, bought stuff I needed. One thing I can tell you frankly here, which you may feel surprised at, is that I had no bank account before I came to study in the USA. I opened my first bank account and learned how to write a check here in order to pay my tuition and fees on my own. Another thing is that I never cooked when I was living with my parents. Obviously, there was no need. After coming here, I sometimes miss the food in my hometown a lot, because Americans love cheese and raw vegetables, while Chinese food never has cheese and we cook almost everything on our tables. I need to face the fact... [continues]
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