So I am going to study abroad in the spring of 2013. I’m deciding on a major in the next few weeks. This is a very vague discussion but I am just wondering if any others out there have studied abroad. If you have could you say where and why? And how did you like it? If you have any recommendations for good places or schools let me know! Thanks!
@mumbojumbo63, I lived in Cusco, Peru for six months teaching English as a foreign language. Here’s a little something I compiled one contemplative Sunday afternoon.
20 Myths About Living In a Foreign Country
1. You will stop being treated like a tourist after a certain amount of time.
2. You will become fluent in the local language.
3. Once they see you’re not a tourist, locals will stop trying to rip you off or make money off you.
4. You won’t miss home that much, and if you do, you’ll stop after a while.
5. After a while, you won’t get sick from the food anymore.
6. Entering a romantic relationship with a local will make your time in the country easier.
7. You will develop a thorough understanding of the local culture.
8. You will become an expert on where to go, what do to do and what/where to eat.
9. Locals won’t make assumptions about you based on where you’re from.
10. The country will have environmental/health/sanitation/living/animal welfare standards you’ll find acceptable.
11. A local will always know better.
12. Those Ray-Bans and Rolexes are totally the real deal!
13. If a local acts like an asshole/moron/racist towards you, all the locals must be like that.
14. It’s always better to eat at a nicer restaurant than a hole-in-the-wall dive.
15. The country’s streets are crawling with pickpockets by day and muggers by night.
16. If a local agrees to do something for you/meet you somewhere at a certain time, they will definitely do it.
17. Those adorable little street kids? Those poor stray dogs? They’re harmless!
18. A local will never think they’re better than you.
19. The idea and practice of common sense is universal throughout all cultures.
20. When you return to your home country/culture, everyone else back home will have changed like you have and will be able to see things from the different points of view you have gained.