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Living one year abroad - discuss the three main effects that living in another country can bring about in your personal life

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WOZNIAK Amandine 110234867 ESLN 400A Friday, November 22, 2002 THIRD ESSAY CAUSE AND EFFECT Living one year abroad In 1999-2000, 17 000 French students spent an academic year in a foreign university within the framework of ERASMUS, one of the major exchange programs in Europe. Living away from your country can be a really interesting and unforgettable experience, but at the same time it has very important effects on one's life. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the three main effects that living in another country can bring about in your personal life. The most obvious and common effect is that once you start a regular life away from home, you miss everything. Personally, I had already been living in my own apartment during the week for three years. ...read more.


The second main effect would be learning how to accept another type of society and culture in your daily life. Since you are living in a place with different customs and traditions from yours, you have to be able to manage in unknown conditions. This means making new friends, learning other points of view, accepting different opinions and values, and seizing every opportunity you have to go to new places. Thus, you will be able to achieve true knowledge. You have to make compromises; you cannot assume that every local habit is inevitably worst than the French ones. For instance, I cannot understand why French students decided to spend one year in Quebec while in France, they present the Quebec accent as completely stupid. ...read more.


You are accountable to nobody, and paradoxically, this position makes you more responsible. As you have less points of reference, you have to determine your own limits. If you are a bit mature, you suddenly realize that you are more adult abroad, when yours parents are not always standing over you. Living far from home, as a student, even for a short period of time, can be really hard at the beginning. We have to remember that all challenges are tests, but it is necessary to go through them to build character. Most important of all, it helps us appreciate everything we have. Not realizing how lucky we are can be a really bad mistake because things do not last forever and we have to make the best out of them. 1 ...read more.

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