Why It is Better to Study Locally Rather than Overseas

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Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience on the benefits of studying locally and to convince them that ultimately, in the long run, it is wiser rather than studying overseas. Central Idea: It is very much better to study locally, not only because of the good quality of studies here, but many other supporting factors to ensure a balanced and wholesome life.


Attention Getter:You have just finished your SPM or O-Level Examinations, and just before you can relax and chill out, a huge damning question mark hovers above you. Where am I going to further my studies?

Link to Audience:I am sure that this is a problem most of you have had to face. Choosing where to study , either locally or overseas is always a difficult one, as it will define who, what and how we turn out to be, besides our future, too.

Speaker’s Credibility:Even I have been plagued with this problem before, and until now I still think to myself whether or not I made the right decision to study locally. However, having studied locally for the past year, I am convinced that local studies is the way to go.

Thesis Statement:Therefore I would like to persuade all of you today that local studies is actually way better than studying overseas due to a number of crucial factors. Preview of Speech:In this speech I will bring up points as to why studying locally is better than overseas and I will justify them.

Transition: Lets begin with the first point.

1) Studying locally allows us to save a lot of money.
a) Without a doubt, when it comes to where to study, the financial factor plays a big role. Not everyone can afford to further their studies. And if we can afford, it is way more economical to study locally. When parents want to send their children to study for example medicine, the countries of choice are Australia, England, Ireland, USA, India, Indonesia , Eastern European countries and many more depending on our preference. But did you know that the amounts charged are staggering by our standards.

b) Now too with the economic downturn, things are not looking good. University fees especially overseas ones are expected to skyrocket soon, to buffer the effect of the economic slump. Besides the university fees, the cost of living overseas is a pure cut-throat. The pricing of accommodations and food is often taxing to Malaysian students, especially in Australia and European countries. Because of

the exchange rate, students have to fork out enormous sums of money just to have a decent meal (example).
c) Students who study overseas end up taking up side jobs such as waiters just to make end’s meet. This causes them to be distracted and thus falter in their studies. You can ask me, there is no doubt that to excel and to be a brilliant student, full focus is needed, and having to work extra hours will only derail us from our target of being a stellar student.

Transition: Now lets go to the second point.

2) We get to avoid the negative culture and social life of overseas living. a) To me, studying is a monumental and life shaping experience , and if we are going to spend the next 3 to 5 years of our lives overseas in lands where cultures clash, you better think again. No doubt, there will be new experiences for us to savour and places to see, but unfortunately most students who go to these countries to study end up being transformed, for the worse.

b) In overseas countries, negative cultures such as clubbing, free sex, drugs , drinking, and gambling run wild. There is no form of restriction whatsoever. That’s why so many of our students studying overseas are unable to focus on their studies and are distracted. They eventually end up six-feet deep in hedonism and self-gratification.

c) If we study locally, we are able to go back and visit our parents way more often. In this way, we are able to grow in character as we are constantly being moulded by them in the right way. If we...
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