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What it Takes to Study Abroad

by Anhthu Huynh Monday, May 16, 2016

I’ve always been a blunt person, and have never been good at sugar coating things. Here’s the truth: Studying abroad has been one of the most difficult experiences of my life. Its not for everyone and I say this with the utmost sincerity.

When people hear study abroad, they immediately think of visiting different countries and immersing yourself in those countries’ culture. Whilst this is absolutely true, that's only half of it. The majority of the public won’t understand all the difficulties that come hand in hand with studying abroad. It takes a special kind of individual to study abroad. Not just someone who is seeking adventure and wants to add some stamps onto their passport. Studying abroad takes a strong-willed, independent and emotionally-balanced individual.

However, along with all the difficulties it entails studying in Barcelona has also been the most rewarding experience of my life. I am eternally grateful for my study abroad experience for it has made me a stronger more reliant and well-rounded individual. These last four months has highlighted each and every one of my weaknesses, as well as brought out my greatest strengths. Before coming here if you had asked me what my biggest weaknesses are I would have said: adaptability and patience are not my best virtues. Now, after constantly confronting my weaknesses face-to-face I can honestly say adaptability and patience have now become some of my biggest strengths.

 There are two Spanish proverbs that resonated with me.

1)  “Al mal tiempo, buena cara.”

Translation: Put a good face to the bad times

2)   2)   “No hay mal que por blen no venga.”

Translation: There’s no bad from which something good doesn’t come.

 

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