How often do you come across articles that read ‘Top 10 things international students should do in American universities’, or ‘How to make the best of your engineering study abroad in Australia’, and so on and so forth?
Well, truth be told, these ‘advices’ or ‘insights’ come from the journals of other students who have lived through these experiences, and serve as an invaluable source of information for prospective students. That being said, maintaining a journal can be one of the most productive activities that you can undertake when you go for your study abroad programs too.
Add feelings to your pictures
Clicking photos during trips or even during your everyday routine is good, but imagine just putting up a collection of 10 photos on your blog. Would anybody, who has no context whatsoever about the photos, be able to decipher the meaning of those pictures? Adding words to the pictures not only gives context to the reader, but helps you to succinctly jot down your own feelings when you were living that particular memory.
In fact, years later, when you are going through those photos, the written words will evoke a much stronger sense of nostalgia as compared to just the photos and remind you of the emotions you were going through during that time.
Not everything can be Photographed
Imagine a situation wherein you randomly happen to sit down with your Professor after class, and he/she gave you some awe-inspiring tips about succeeding in the foreign country. You will obviously not stop the Professor to setup a camera and take a photo or video. But you can definitely put the conversation down in words afterwards. And whenever you look back at that day in your journal, you can go through all the priceless things that your Professor told you.
This is just one of the many experiences a student undergoes when he studies engineering abroad. There will be many heartfelt experiences with the locals, international friends, faculty, and even strangers. Documenting your days in a journal will prove to be a treasure trove of nostalgia years down the line.
Help other students
Every year, millions of students visit foreign countries for pursuing both undergrad and graduate programs. When they are researching about the prospective countries for their next step, student written blogs serve as a critical source of information and can often help them in arriving at a decision. If you maintain a journal, you can use it as a source of information to pen down a to-do list or an informative blog that can become a reference for these students.
Writing a journal can take you to many other places too. Who knows, you could potentially start a hobbyist travel blog that might become popular? Or simply a student advice forum that can help thousands of students in resolving their queries about abroad education? The opportunities are endless. And if nothing else, it can definitely improve your writing skills and make you a better communicator, which is very important when you’re studying in a foreign country.