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Satisfying student life overseas
Three results of studying abroad
I think I gained things in three areas from my studying abroad -- in academic study, outside academic study and regarding my career path.
In academic study, we were trained to adapt what we learned to reality. I think universities in the States place heavy emphasis on the development of the ability to apply theories learned through case studies to the real world. One of the things I remember well was the time when I submitted a short essay on the crisis in Ukraine. The professor said, "You did a good job in the theory part, but you don't have enough references to actual cases to support your theory." And he marked down the paper considerably. It was a year in which I learned the importance of theories that form the foundations of our thoughts and thereby developed the ability required by society to determine how to interpret society and resolve its problems.
Outside my study, I think I came to recognize what is required to cooperate with people around the world in the midst of globalization what will further spread in the future. Because I majored in international relations before my study in the US, I studied to deepen my understanding of the theory and practice of conflict resolution and of negotiations and compromises as well as international security order, and believed, probably more strongly than needed, that "It is a sovereign state that moves the international society." In California, however, I came face to face with the reality in which appearances, nationalities and identities crisscrossed each other and made it difficult to distinguish societies and peoples only in terms of the countries to which they belong.
Unexpected encounters and experiences await us studying abroad
Some people don't want to study abroad because they say they don't understand its worth. But I think you will meet unexpected people and go through unexpected experiences while studying abroad. It is only after we complete our study, I think, that we realize it has been truly worthwhile. If there are people who are not sure if they want to take the plunge, I would say, "Go ahead." They may struggle. They may have trouble. But if they remain optimistic and unafraid whatever may come up, they should then be able to experience encounters with unexpected people and gain unexpected experiences that will stay with them long into the future.
ICU has great study abroad programs. It offers an environment in which we can meet many friends who are also hoping to study in other countries and in which you can get motivated and remain motivated. The university has a thorough educational system including the English for Liberal Arts Program (ELA) and it is the best university for those hoping to study abroad.
So, find whatever you want to do at ICU, like studying overseas or whatever, and spend a fulfilling student life.