Out of your comfort zone

Diego Zanutti 5L - IIS Rolando da Piazzola, Italy

To me, travelling and working abroad has no negative aspects. First of all it helps you maintaining a positive mindset. Work experiences in another country can play a big role to help you accept both positive and negative events. Going away from your bubble for a while will enhance your adaptability for sure. Actually, this sense of adaptability that makes us learn things as fast as we can, is probably what makes us humans. Being open minded, taking it as an adventure, just thinking about making new experiences and learning new things, no matter if it is not what you would have expected to do and if it is not your cup of tea, having fun, are all parts of that process that leads you towards your own improvement. And this not only applies to experiences abroad, but it is a rule for every single aspect of your life. Once you adapt and find yourself in a different country or culture, you will have already learned lots of things. From the simplest, for example respecting times of that culture, living in a big city and working in a small shop or learning to eat food they like there, to others, less obvious, as, for example, to value things that are characteristics of your country, like food culture, included the moment of the meal as a family reunion, or the attachment to every member of the family, or even other aspects that in your country are not as important as they should be, such as the significance of the vote, and the difference that this opportunity plays in your life or hospitality to strangers. The list could not stop and go on for hours, but the point is this: it is fundamental to always choose to change your habits, not to stay still in your certainties, because the world out there is not made of certainties, in this world nothing is sure, and sooner or later it will come out to you. Choose not to remain sure of something, exit from your bubble, because, as Bertrand Russell once said, only the stupid are cocksure, the intelligent instead, are doubtful.

Studying and working abroad

Beatrice Cantarello, 5 L IIS Rolando da Piazzola - Italy

Travelling is undoubtedly one of my main interests. When it comes to travelling I am not able to find any negative aspects which could stop or discourage anyone from deciding to visit a foreign country.
I have been lucky enough to travel a lot during my teenage years, in two of these occasions I had to study or work abroad.
I believe that the opportunity of studying and/or working abroad should be given to every teenager, since it has many positive effects on the person travelling.
First of all, it obviously helps improving your independence and your resourcefulness: when you are alone in a place you don't know you have to rely only on yourself, you have to learn how to organize your time and how to be able to live on your own.
Working abroad opens your mind and it makes you look at everything from a different perspective: you learn how to accept a different culture, making it part of your own.
Furthermore, being able to work abroad requires responsibility, commitment and patience: you may not always find your dream job, sometimes you just have to learn to adapt and to do your best event if you don't enjoy what you are doing.
Finally, I believe that stepping out of your comfort zone and getting involved into something challenging and new is one of the best forms of self care: travelling sets your mind free and you can disconnect from everyday's toxic routine. 

Essay

As the world famous danish author Hans Christian Andersen once said: “To travel is to live”, and the EU promotes that very quote. Thanks to the European Union´s laws it is now easier to move between EU-countries than ever before. Many Europeans are taking that opportunity to visit new countries and study in new cultures.

The world is changing, and it is changing fast, and in order to keep up with it, we must change with it. Therefore it is good that more and more people choose to study abroad and move to new countries. Globalisation is roaring and people are getting more connected with the world outside their own country. This makes it crucial that the EU comes up with laws to help make it easier to integrate into new cultures.

We are moving towards a more global world, and it has almost become a must to have international experiences, because the more international experience you have, the more attractive you are in the labour market. Those experiences has with other words become an absolute necessity.

Just the idea of living or working in another EU-country, feels challenging, but at the same time it also feels exciting. What seems attractive and fascinating is, all the new things there are to experience. Having worked in another EU country will not only give you experience in affiliation to business, but also in relation to people. You certainly get out of your comfort zone: the culture, norms, food and language are all different from your own. In a way you start from the bottom with nothing, but your own knowledge and therefore need to establish a lot from start, like finding a place to live and building relationships with new and different people. Moving to another country to work or to study is without doubt a big decision to make.

Furthermore, is the distance that one might want to travel. Obviously there will be a change in one's everyday life if you choose to move to another EU- country, but it also depends on which country it is. We are from Denmark, and moving to Sweden will not be as overwhelming, since we are very familiar with the country, and we are similar in many aspects. Therefore it also depends on which EU-country you decide to move to.

But how can the EU help inspire citizens to study or work in another European country?

Many are startled by the thought of moving to another country to study or to work, but one can do many things to improve this situation. For instance the EU has the “Town-twinning” plan, which puts two towns from different countries together, and makes them official towns of friendship. This can inspire one to visit one´s “friendship town”, because one may hear many great things about it. Thus making the thought of visiting new countries more appealing.

Moreover is the fact that the EU organises several international civil society projects promoting the people in the EU´s power to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. This project stimulates debates that can lead to solutions through international European cooperation.

Working or living in another EU-country is a chance that most of us at some point have the opportunity to grab. With the EU-treaties like the treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, it has become much easier to move and settle between various EU countries. You gain and have more or less the same rights as the citizens of the country you move to. It can even make as big of a decision as moving to a new country more easier. Due to this European law you do not have to fulfil strict requirements in order to get residence permit and the tax law is also even and straightforward.

Moreover, you will gain amazing memories which will last for life. The level of development one will go through is amazing. Not only will you learn about new cultures, languages and ways to live, but you will also get to know more about yourself and therefore be able to find yourself through travelling. Your mind opens up for new ideas and differences which will enable you to relate and bond with people, who you at first thought were different from you. The social network that you will have will not only make the world seem smaller, but it will also help different countries to understand each other better, and thereby reduce the amount of racism that we see today. Understanding and respecting one another is key to assembling the people in the EU despite our differences, because we can unite on one common front. That front is our willingness to learn about new ways of living and explore the diverse cultures in the EU.

Therefore we strongly believe in and support the idea of travelling across borders, because there are so many new things to explore and discover among the various nations in the EU. We can all benefit from learning from each other, and get different views from our own on for example the social challenges that we face. It is obvious that globalisation is happening all over the world, and therefore it is essential that the EU keeps providing its citizens with new and more possibilities to travel and study across borders. It is a mutual advantage that we all should be able to be a part of, not only by learning what we are taught in our home countries, but also what is being taught across borders in the EU. It is an inevitable fact that the world is becoming smaller, not in size but in a social view, and therefore it is crucial that Europe changes with it. Studying abroad or travelling broadens our vision for the different cultures and people. Thereby it may help efface disagreements by simply getting to know our fellow humans in this world.

The cultural clashes will be many when we meet each other, but ten points of views always beats one. As we get to know each other, we will not be foreign to cultural differences and have a much richer life and worldview. And with common understanding and respect, we will be more efficient in working together. We believe, that united we stand stronger and with unity we have the power to make world better.

 

Advantages of working and studying abroad

 

Many people leave their country to study or work abroad. In 2016-2017, there were around 24-25 thousand people from Norway that took their hole education abroad. In this text I am going to tell you some advantages of working and/or study in the EU, somewhere else than your own country.

 

If you study abroad, you will probably brush up on your language skills. You are Norwegian and go abroad to study, you have to speak English or an another language. When talking with another language that your mother tongue, your language skills will get better with the time. This will also happen if you work abroad. To improve language skills is good for other opportunities you will get further in life, like an another job or something.

 

Learning about other countries and/or cultures is also an important opportunity while studying or working abroad. To learn about other cultures make you understanding more of the world and why people live like they do, and are doing like they are doing. We can say that you get a bigger cultural understanding.

 

The potential to get new friends, and maybe friends for life, is a huge advantage with studying or working abroad. There are so many reasons why you should have a friend, but the most important is to have someone that you can talk with and trust on so that you won´t be alone. But anyhow, it is always good to have a friend for the social life.

 

There are many reasons to the advantages of working or studying abroad. I think the most important ones are that it brushes up your language skills, you will probably  learn about the country and different cultures as well, and you will also get new friends that maybe can be your friends for the rest of your life.

 Susanne Aardal Høyanger Vidaregåande Skule (Norway) 

Sources:

Lånekassen (2017). Obtained from: https://www.lanekassen.no/nn-NO/om-lanekassen/tall-og-fakta-/Statistikk/utdanning-i-utlandet-2016-2017/studenter-i-utlandet-2016-2017/

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 Tucker, Laura (2014). Obtained from: https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/25-reasons-study-abroad

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Benefits of studying abroad

Benefits of studying abroad

There are many reasons and benefits to study abroad. It does not just look good on your resume but is also an experience for life. Studying abroad opens up many new and exciting opportunities and gives you the opportunity to experience a completely new way of learning and creating knowledge about other cultures.

During your time abroad, you will learn more about yourself and become more independent. Entering a completely new environment will help you figure out what you are good at, as well as what you are not so good at. Studying abroad will automatically make you more grown up. You have to take care of yourself such as washing your own clothes and buying your own meals.

Studying in another country will make you look at things differently and the view on your own country and the world will change, you learn to appreciate the smaller things more. Studying abroad gives you unique opportunities to gain experience and knowledge that you cannot find in your own country.

Throughout the study, you will make lifelong friends from different backgrounds. You will meet new and exciting people from all over the world and you can learn very much from each other. These people will mean a lot to you throughout the entire study period, also try to keep in touch after your study period.

When studying abroad, there is a great chance that you will learn a new language because you are in touch with it on a daily basis. There is also no doubt that you will be familiar with the culture and the people in that country. We can conclude that those who choose to study abroad are those who are spontaneous and adventurous. These people are not afraid of a challenge and they are very open-minded.

Espen Strandos - Høyanger Vidaregåande Skule (Norway)