Are you considering going abroad but there are always those voices in the back of your head that keeps you from going? It’s time to stop that little figure sitting on your shoulder who is listing all the reasons for you to stay. Take a deep breath and look at this list of excuses to help quiet all the voices preventing you from having the best experience of your life.
With all the new stories coming out, many think that the world is too unpredictable to explore. Saying the world is too unpredictable is like refusing to step outside because you are afraid something unfortunate is going to happen. Going abroad is the first step for you to exit your comfort zone and really see how the world is outside your area and take those risks.
Going abroad is not important for my future.
Majority of people in the workforce have some type of international experience or work with people from a different country. Going abroad allows students to develop a number of skills that are beneficial to employers and can potentially help with operational tasks.
I’ll miss out on an opportunity here.
Everyday we are missing out on something. However, when you are abroad, you are always getting something in return. By going abroad, you get a chance to experience different cultures and interact with different people that you won’t get the chance to do in Canada. You will have the opportunity to experience how things work in other countries apply it back to your life.
I can’t afford it.
Many assume it is out of their price range before even looking at costs. The truth is, going abroad is surprisingly affordable and not as expensive as people think it is. Look at all your options and have the right information before deciding if you can afford the experience.
Too much of a time commitment.
When you come to the end of your exchange you are going to wish that you could stay longer. However, if you do not have the time to commit, there are programs that offer short opportunities. For example, in AIESEC, we have opportunities that range from 6-8 weeks. If you go in the summer, you can still spend half of it in Canada!
I’m going to miss out on everything back home.
To be honest, the people back home are the ones that are missing out on this opportunity. They are the ones that are missing out on seeing a different part of the world and making new friends. How many can say that they have friends all over the world? Take this chance and step out of your comfort zone. You may think you are missing out, but trust us you are not going to be missing out on much. We promise that you will come back and be happy that you took this chance.
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