I just got back to America after four and a half months abroad in Hong Kong. While I am still navigating the jet lag (it’s a struggle!) I have had some time to think back on what I have learned over the past semester.
Getting to experience college life in another country is wild. You get to meet your peers from other countries, learn from different teaching styles, and try out a new way of life. Changing everything, from eating habits to sleeping schedules to living arrangements, is difficult. But being out of your element gives you a lot of room to grow.
Part of why I wanted to study abroad was to try out life in Hong Kong. As Production Management is an incredibly global major, there is a chance I might have the opportunity to work abroad in Hong Kong. And while I loved living there for a few months, there are definitely some things I would have to consider before going there for longer! Finding healthy food options was hard for me, and I definitely felt the time difference challenges when it came to connecting with friends and family back home. While I could see myself possibly working abroad, it was good to try it out before taking a larger, more indefinite plunge.
Overall, I would recommend study abroad to anyone who is up for a challenge. It is not easy, but it sure is rewarding. Go in with an open mind and you will be surprised by everything!