Studying abroad, a student’s fantasy, and the topic of the mini series I wrote in the past week. You can find the first two by clicking this [How To Cope With Studying Abroad] and this [How To Find A Scholarship To Study Abroad].
Today, it is all about nailing the application for the program that you will be applying for. Putting together an application is very stressful, and most often demands a lot of time, patience and good organization.
Although there is no true definition of what qualities an exchange students has to be posses, s/he is frequently conceived as someone who is open-minded, extroverted, outgoing, organized and confident. On the other hand, all the advice you usually get when it comes to something like this is to be you, even though you might not see yourself as fitting in the exchange student mold mentioned above.
When a student feels like they do not possess the qualities of a typical exchange student what s/he does is try and pretend to be someone else in their application. Although this might work for some, it is a very dangerous road to take. Even if you succeed in convincing the people working on the program, it is you who will eventually go abroad on your own, and, if this opportunity really wasn’t suited for your type of personality, possibly have the worst time ever.
The other, superior strategy, is to actually be you. Introduce yourself as you are - with all your virtues, and with all your faults, we all have them. Sometimes you will get picked, and sometimes you won’t - but when you do, you will have the best time ever.
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