Why I Chose to Study Abroad

14/01/2017

“Two roads diverged in a wood, 
and I - I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.“ 
Robert Frost 

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 For the last several months many people have asked me, why I chose to study abroad in Scotland. And as I think that this might be something some of you could be interested in as well, I am writing this post today, in order to share with you what made me set out on this journey. With this post, I aspire to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone. I know from own experience, that this can be terrifying and daunting, but nevertheless one of the best things you can do.
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For free education 
Why did I choose Scotland for my study abroad adventure? I get asked this question a lot, but is pretty easy to answer: I chose Scotland, because as an EU student, you get your tuition fees paid - so basically, Scotland is the only primarily English speaking country where studying is free. I didn’t know about that until one of my lovely friends decided to study in Scotland and told me about this amazing free education. (Let’s just hope the Brexit doesn’t interfere with this awesome opportunity.)
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To work on an international level 
I chose a course in a foreign country, because I strive to work on an international level in my career sector of media, marketing, advertising and PR. I hope that a Media degree from a Scottish university can give me better career perspectives and a broader knowledge than a Media degree from Germany. Not because I think German universities are bad - I simply had a hard time finding a high rated media course at German universities as they tend to focus more on traditional and technical courses like f.e. medicine, law or technical engineering and offer incredible courses for those kind of studies. And I also assume that accomplishing my studies in the lingua franca English, which as the most spoken language in the world is self-evident for international work, could raise my chances for great international employment opportunities.
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For wanderlust 
“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell.“ Belle from Beauty and the Beast 
This quote from one of my favourite Disney movies Beauty and the Beast describes this reason for choosing to study abroad quite well. You have to know, that I come from a tiny little village on the countryside in Germany and although I love my hometown, I have always wanted to go to somewhere vibrant and lively - like a big city or even better, abroad.


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To have tried it 
I’m honestly not sure if everybody can relate to this point, but it’s just regarding the mindset I have basically about everything in my life - if I tried hard, gave my best and did everything possible, it is okay when I fail. Because then it just wasn’t meant to be and I can accept and live with it. But if I failed, because I didn’t try hard enough, I would constantly ask myself what if I had tried harder? Would I have actually reached what I wanted? And that uncertainty and regret would make me extremely unhappy. So this mindset was actually the decisive factor for me to apply for studying abroad as well as my motivation on my way to my unconditional offer.
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To feel the fear and do it anyway 
Many people were very sceptical about my decision to study abroad and assured me that I had probably made the wrong decision and that I would be very homesick. And obviously when moving to a foreign country, you have never been before, all by yourself, it is normal to overthink your decision. I also had some moments when I was questioning my plans and when I thought that it might just be okay to ditch them and to study in Germany like all of my friends do. But those moments of uncertainty were then outweighed by the fact that I had worked so hard to get this place and that not many people get this far and are able to do what I was about to do. I have to admit, after coming back to Aberdeen from Christmas holidays at home I felt quite homesick and lonely, because living alone in a foreign country demands a lot. However, it also gives you so much back - strength, endurance, confidence, experience. 

Because life really begins at the end of your comfort zone. 

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4 comments :

  1. I absolutely agree with your last statement that having fear yet you do it anyway. It's one of the main reason why I decided to study abroad and so far, the experience has been quite rewarding. :)

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    1. I know it is so true! ✈️🌍
      The excitement when going home again is so wonderful and something you would never experience when not leaving.
      Studying abroad is honestly one of the best things one can do 👩🏽‍🎓
      I LOVE your blog btw and I can't wait to go to France myself - french is so lovely, I really want to learn it 😜

      Kisses, Laura 😘

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  2. congrats on studying abroad! I wish I had taken the opportunity when I was at University.

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    1. Thank you so much, it truly is such a wonderful experience 👩🏽‍🎓🇬🇧✈️

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