Recently I wrote an essay for my English class on why you should go on exchange, and I thought why not share it here with you guys.
A student exchange is a great thing. You learn a lot about yourself and others, you get to see the world and discover another culture. An educational or cultural exchange program can help you better understand yourself and the people around you. Learn about what a student exchange is, why exactly you should go on exchange and what benefits participating in an exchange program has to offer.
A student exchange program is a program which allows students in high school or post-secondary systems of education to leave their home country to spend a few weeks and up to an entire year living in another country while going to a local school. The student exchange program is a perfect opportunity for students to live in a foreign country, learn more about other cultures, and also learn a foreign language. It’s a rewarding but challenging experience during which youwill learn a lot about yourself, but also have a lot of fun. You’ll be immersed in the mother language and culture of your chosen country and live like a local member of your family, town and community.
But why should you go on exchange? Exchange is, as I said, the perfect opportunity to live in a foreign country, learn about another culture and learn another language. But an exchange is so much more than that as well. When you experience a different culture through an exchange you will most certainly gain deeper understanding of yourself and those around you. You’ll learn to be more appreciative and you’ll learn about the world in a way that books, school and a professional career never can reveal. Exchange is living as an independent human being learning to stand on your own feet, it’s experiencing things you only can dream of experiencing, it’s about making new lifelong friendships with people from all over the world, and most certainly it’s about experiencing the country and culture while living with your host family. You’ll get to discover things that tourists miss, because you get to experience everything as a part of an American family, you’re not just a visitor, but you intergrade into their family and temporarily becomes a part of it.
A student exchange program has a lot of benefits, and I promise you you’ll achieve so much after a year abroad. You’ll achieve educational, personal and long-term benefits. Living in another country gives you a rich understanding of another culture, and it’ll help you understand your own culture better as well. One of the most noticeable changes in returned exchange students is their self-development and awareness leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem. You only gain experience and maturity through the challenges you face during an exchange year. The tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion encourages students to make informed decisions, develop independent opinions and strive to attain fresh goals. Also people that do an exchange year have a huge benefit when it comes to further studies. Prospective employers look favorably upon the experience that is gained while living in another country and learning another culture and language. You will be different from the other candidates because you can demonstrate the skills you acquired in meeting the challenges of the exchange experience.
I would say that if you like learning about other cultures, learning another language and meeting new people, exchange is most certainly something for you. You achieve so much during an exchange year, and it is most definitely something you won’t regret. A saying says: Exchange isn’t a year in your life, it’s a life in a year. And that is most definitely true, exchange is a life in a year, you experience just so much in a year as some experience in a lifetime.