For regular readers of my blogs posts, I’m sure that my wanderlust comes as no surprise. Everything I do can usually be related to the adventure, excitement and cultural experiences of international travel and my university study is no different. Traveling has, in fact, set me up to be a successful student.
Let me explain…
When I travel, I often find myself immersed in cultures that I’m unfamiliar with. I’m also often surrounded by people speaking a language that I have limited or no knowledge of. Needless to say, the experience can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. It’s kind of the way you feel as a student sometimes. You know, you’re so excited at the beginning of semester as you log into StudyDesk, only to find lectures and readings that don’t make immediate sense to you. They’re loaded with technical and discipline-specific words that you’re unfamiliar with and you feel a little out of your depth. For all intents and purposes, the readings and course notes could be written in a foreign language with the amount of sense that they make to you on that first day. But just as I find in the foreign countries I travel within, it slowly becomes clearer and you learn more and more each day. In the end, you’re left wondering how it could have ever felt foreign to you because you now speak in that ‘foreign’ language yourself and it all feels like second nature.
So now you know what I mean about travel setting me up for study success, right? Those skills I’ve learned from years of travel are highly relevant and have prepared me to be the best student I can be. The similarities between study success and travel don’t end there though. My international jaunts have also taught me how to fight through my tiredness and pull an ‘all-nighter’ when I have to. You know, you arrive in another country that’s many hours behind the time zone you just came from, meaning that you won’t get sleep until nightfall in your new location – many hours later than what it is in the time zone your body clock is working on. That ‘all-nighter’ (or more typically, ‘half-nighter’) is a skill I’ve had to utilise a few times when fighting the clock to smash out assignment amazingness.
I’ve met a lot of different people in my many years as a travel junkie and I think it would be safe to say that no two people have been exactly the same. Whether or not an individual appears to be better or worse off than me, the constant is that I can learn something from each and every one of them. It’s our uniqueness that sets us apart and that same uniqueness that provides an opportunity for learning. I’ve found the exact same with my study. Each and every student I’ve ‘met’ and studied with (all online) has helped me to learn and progress in my study. The collaborative effort and encouragement has been invaluable and set me up for the success that I’ve achieved thus far.
So you see, being a successful student doesn’t mean you have to sit behind your computer, buried behind a wall of textbooks day in, day out. You can get out there and travel the world knowing that your experiences will set you up to be an awesome student too. Happy travels!