A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
It has been two months since the moment I landed in this beautiful country. New environment, trying to make some new friends and also new challenges everyday, all of these made me feel so uncomfortable and stressful at first, but now when I overcame those challenges and looked back, I learned much more than I expected in this two months. And I think It would be good to write some reflections and feelings about studying abroad, or to be precise studying in Sweden, to end my last blog post.
It is a big decision to study abroad. You need to leave your parents and friends, the place and the language you are familiar with. For me, it is all about courage, whether you have the courage to create some uneasiness to your life and see how it can reshape you to a better person. I always think that if you are too familiar with the environment and people around you, it would be so difficult for you to get inspired to think of something new or think from different perspectives.
Before I came here, I had typical “age crisis” as most of those who just graduated from bachelor or may have been worked for one or two years. I only known I don’t want my life to be like this but I had no idea about what I want to do in the future. However, I am quite sure that if I continued to stay in the place I was so familiar with, I would not be able to come up with anything that can make my life a bit different from previous. “How about leaving Hong Kong, change the environment a bit and see how things go?” That was the moment I started thinking about studying my master abroad.
So I got the courage, but “why Sweden?”. This is the question that I was asked most whenever I told someone I would like to study in Sweden. There are plenty of other choices, for example UK and USA. Everyone has the reasons behind their decision of where to study, for me, it is all about the need for an unfamiliar culture. I want to study in a place where English is not the native language but still there is no problem for me to use English for daily conversation. Moreover, I want place where it is not a hotspot for Hong Kong students to study in, as I want to force myself to spend more time with people from different countries or have different backgrounds than me. In addition to my previous exchange experience here, I think Sweden is the ideal place for me to start my new journey.
Undoubtedly, no one knows beforehand what they can gain from the experience of studying abroad, however if you never start, you will never know. The most enjoyable part of studying abroad is there are millions of possibilities and it all depends on what you want the experience to be. You can choose to stay around with people with the same nationality as you or you can choose to make friends with different background; you can choose to focus on study or you can choose to understand more about the industry you are interested in by joining different activities. It is really all up to you!!!
So all in all, what I conclude is if you have the courage to take the first step, you are half way from making a difference in your life. Yes, we can’t predict what this experience can benefit your future, however, if you put effort in making the studying abroad experience as good as you can, I am sure that one day when you look back, you will not feel regretful for this big decision you had made, just remember a journey of a thousand miles simply begins with taking one single step.