1/25/2021

It's Still Possible to Pursue Your Dreams Overseas


Chasing after our dreams is something that we do regularly. Whether it be going to school, going to work, handling a business, and the like. Every day always serves as a stepping stone. In some cases, one might need a longer amount of time before reaching said goal. However, this usually depends on what we want to achieve and the circumstances that come along with it.

Why People Choose to Go Abroad

For some of us, going abroad to study or work is probably the best experience one can have in their lifetime.


Understand A Different Culture

Of course, one of the main reasons is that you get to have a deeper understanding of other cultures and languages. Not only that, but you'll gain more knowledge about things from a global perspective.


And I'm pretty sure you're not there only to study or work. It would help if you also took the opportunity to visit all their popular tourist attractions. Since you're in a new area, you may even choose to travel to other neighbouring countries as well. If you're planning to stay in Spain, for example, you can go and travel to London or Rome during long weekends.


New Educational Perspective

Exposing yourself to a different kind of education system is also beneficial. This allows you to discover new things about your field of study. Let's say you're a film major and want to see the other styles and production genres. Of course, you'd also have to pick the school that's most suited for your program.


Establish New Connections

You're also bound to create new relationships along the way. If you're at school or work, I'm sure you'll have friends who will always help you understand things more, whether about the language, the directions, the different places around, and more.


Once you acquire all these and return home, opportunities will surely come knocking on your door. And that's another reason why many aspire to go overseas. However, given our circumstances nowadays, leaving our homes may be a big risk.


So, what can you do to continue pursuing these dreams?


How You Can Adjust

Take Online Courses or Postpone Your Studies

Face-to-face classes still aren't possible in most countries. So, if you're planning to study abroad, you might want to consider online classes in the meantime.


But I do understand that the feeling won't be the same. This is why others may choose to postpone their studies. And while you're waiting for the opportunity to apply, there are also short courses that other universities offer. In that way, you still get to be productive during your free time.


Be Aware Of Restrictions

Not all countries have lifted their travel restrictions. However, there are already some who made exceptions for students and professionals. But one should always keep in mind the guidelines imposed before sending applications or enrolling in classes.


If you do decide that staying abroad is still worth it despite the situation, then there are some things you should consider.


Where You'll Be Staying

One is, of course, where you'll be staying at. You should look for the place that's the nearest to your school or workplace. Also, be sure to check if they have strict safety protocols when it comes to accommodation.

There are apartments and hostels with private rooms. Especially since social distancing is a must nowadays. It'd be better to have your own personal area.


What to Do When Exploring

As mentioned, immersing yourself in other cultures is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, that's a little hard to do at present. Yes, going out is somehow already possible, but be sure to check the places you're going to. You should try to lessen your exposure to outside elements as much as you can. To do this, avoid areas that are too crowded or too far.


Meeting New People


Interacting in public for long periods of time isn't also ideal. So, try to join online communities to learn more about the city you're staying in, from the food, the clothing, the cultural norms, and the like.


Achieving your goals in life will take a lot of hard work and effort, especially when there are hurdles thrown your way. In this case, the global pandemic. But that doesn't mean that you should give up.


Although, safety is still and should always be a priority. Whether it's now, or next year, or five years from now. At the end of the day, what matters is how you reach those dreams.

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