During a Toronto Travel Massive meetup, I got on the topic of student exchange. It’s no secret that I think exchanges and gap years are the best thing you could do for yourself. But during the conversation, it was mentioned how a lot of people don’t go on exchanges and some people thinks it’s weird to do one. I was shocked by this. Personally, I didn’t get this response when I told people I was going on a student exchange. I’ve talked about my top 3 reasons to take a gap year but now it’s time to clear any misconceptions about studying abroad.
NOTE: I completed 2 exchange programs, one was a high school exchange that I used as a gap year (i.e. post high school graduation) and the other was in the middle (3rd year, 2nd semester) of my university studies. For the purpose of this post, I’ll be talking about the latter.
These are just the things I’ve heard against exchanges and my responses to them. I really feel like they are all a little ridiculous especially when considering all the advantages studying abroad has.
Studying abroad while in University was one of the best decisions of my life. It was a fulfilling and enriching experience that could not be matched in any other way. I can’t emphasise enough how much you can grow as a person and how much you can learn about yourself through studying abroad.
Have you ever studied abroad? What was your experience like?
My exchange travel montage