Study Abroad and Personal Growth

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Here at 'Go Studying Abroad' we explore the benefits of study abroad as well as explore why study abroad programs and studying internationally can be right for you.

Today's blog we will explore how study broad can improve your development , as study abroad and personal development is not only generated within the realms of the classroom, but also among your external environment.

Study Abroad and Personal Growth

After studying Abroad in a variety of countries over the course of my University years, I am confident when suggesting that study abroad and studying internationally has not only boosted my confidence but has also improved my interpersonal skills and attitude towards life and learning. I mean, it has only been 6 months since I have had an increased passion for reading and the arts, which has stemmed from my experiences studying abroad in Japan and studying abroad in Korea. The thing is, personal development, like lots of other qualities develops without you realising, usually over a long period of time. That is why, I highly recommend journaling whilst on your studies abroad, as well as keeping a diary (check out my other blog), as it allows you to reflect on your daily goals and achievements whilst on your international exchange year.  One quote I have learnt whilst undergoing my personal development journey whilst on my studies abroad is: 

 'If you get one percent better each day for one year, you'll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you're done.’ I know that may sound ‘cheesy’ or something you may read in a motivational book, however that is what personal development is! Realising your potential and improving and motivating yourself to reach that potential!

For example, my best friend from Germany I met when studying abroad in Japan, she was against the idea of journalling originally, but she thanks me every time we talk (every couple of weeks) that writing and reflecting on her achievements has been the best thing she has ever learnt from me whilst we were studying Abroad in Japan together! I think that is nice, and has motivated me to spread the word! As it not only helps with your personal growth but also your mood and attitude towards life!

What do you think? Do you think journaling allows you to reflect on your personal development journey when Studying Abroad? Let me know in the comments! 

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