During International Education Week 2015, WES Student Advisor asked you for submissions for our third annual Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – "Intelligence plus character: That is the goal of true education" – and asked readers to explain how studying abroad can impact a person beyond academics.
We received some great submissions, and over the next month, we’re going to share with you our favorite four. Today, we share with you the third runner-up, written by Fatima Mahmood, of Pakistan. Well done, Fatima!
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A person’s education is determined not only by the number of degrees he receives in his academic life but also by the way his character, lifestyle and personality reflect the difference between him and an uneducated person.
An overseas education impacts a person far beyond just academics. This can be explained by the fact that it provides the person with an experience that lasts a lifetime. Studying abroad exposes people to different cultures, people and religions and forces them to make adjustments.
Although students may find it difficult to make comfortable lives for themselves in a new place, they learn a great deal during this process, which leads to their personal development. They become punctual and independent. For many, life does not just remain an “eat, sleep and breathe” thing, as it was in their home country; they may be required to do part-time jobs to support themselves.
Learning a new language and new ways to communicate with new broadens the vision and enhances the intelligence of a student. During this process, students make lifelong friends and develop good social links. These social links can be helpful in the future when students start to open businesses and support their families.
Students from different fields of education experience different situations. For instance, if a student studies medicine and surgery abroad, he gets familiar with many new diseases and techniques used to cure them. Furthermore, a sociology student can observe many social problems, and a political studies student can encounter new political scenarios.
Many students from less developed countries, like Pakistan, study abroad in developed nations like the U.S. and U.K., and some settle there for a lifetime if they find high-paying jobs.
In all of these ways, overseas education fosters the intelligence and organization of a person.
-Fatima Mahmood, 2015