Meet Pirates in Singapore!
Spring Semester 2016
National University of Singapore
What have you gained from deciding to study abroad?
Traveling to other countries, especially those where English is not commonly spoken, always provides a healthy dose of humility. It reminded me of the childhood days when I used American Sign Language more than spoken language, feeling a deep sense of connection and appreciation with those who understood me but feeling like an outsider with non-ASL speakers. However, my most important lesson learned abroad is that letting go of plans and expectations brings about an unexpected sense of joy and contentment. While it is still smart to plan ahead, I have found that the best experiences stem from spontaneity and at times, discomfort – being absolutely tickled at the fish spa in Malaysia, eating a late-night dinner with locals in Thailand, getting the best massages in Cambodia, and attending a five-day life-changing “Art of Living” course on my campus in Singapore and (soon) an outdoors leadership camp at a rainforest resort in West Malaysia. My Type A personality would have probably resulted in me not doing any of the aforementioned things before my study abroad endeavors, but now I am so glad I did. Lastly, I am sure I have gained (more than) a few pounds as well; Southeast Asia is known for its food! ;)
What is something you did not expect about your host country?
What other countries have you visited?
Email Keerthana at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding studying in Singapore.