There are a lot of new experiences and “firsts” as a college student. Odds are, this is your first time living by yourself without your parents. It may be the first time you live in a different state. It could even be the first time you have to truly take care of yourself, from making your own doctor’s appointments to finding a ride to the grocery store and cooking your own meals. While a big part about college is studying for a career, an equally big part is learning how to be an adult. One experience that you should not pass up on is the opportunity to study abroad. You can truly learn what it’s like to live in another country — another first.
Kent’s Best Apartments are the best university off-campus housing. With all of the amenities you could want, from cable, internet, and utilities included in your rent to being within walking distance of Kent State University, our best apartments combine convenience and comfort, as well as affordability. Bus stops are close by, and your pets are welcome as well. Below, we’ll go over some of the many benefits of studying abroad while in college. Contact us today for a free tour!
BENEFITS OF STUDYING ABROAD WHILE IN COLLEGE
See the World
Many college students have only traveled within the United States, and even then, some have only explored their region. Some have never even flown on an airplane. By studying abroad while in college, you’ll get to travel, experience new cultures, see things you’ve only read about or seen on TV, and meet new and interesting people. You’ll get to fly on an airplane and go wherever your heart leads.
If you choose to study abroad in Europe, you’ll be able to quickly and easily (and affordably) travel to many other countries. For example, if you are studying abroad in England, France is only an hour flight away. Once in France, you can then take a train anywhere you want to go, from Italy and Germany to Spain and Portugal. In fact, Kent’s Best Apartments wants you to know that most train stations will give you a student discount to boot. There truly is not a reason to explore around you when you study abroad.
Perfect Your Language Skills
For many people, the lure of studying abroad is the chance to perfect language skills. If you want to learn to speak a foreign language, there is no better or faster way to do so than studying abroad. You will be forced to speak the native language every day, attend classes in the language, and do your homework in the language. Every interaction you have while out and about, you will have the opportunity to practice these skills, and the knowledge you gain while living and breathing another culture and language just cannot be duplicated in a classroom in the United States. You will return, more fluent and knowledgeable in the nuances of the language, which is priceless if that is your major.
While you do a lot of growing up in college just by being on your own and taking care of things your parents often did, such as making sure you had food, your laundry was done, and you had gas in your car to get to school, having to completely rely on yourself builds character, adaptability, self-confidence, and an ability to advocate for yourself. You’ll hone your self-reliance skills and your resilience, and you’ll accomplish things you never thought possible. You’ll develop your leadership skills, as there will be events that occur that you will have to take the initiative, communication skills, and you’ll gain a greater understanding of your place in the world. It’s almost impossible to say how you will grow since everyone’s journey looks different, but suffice it to say, you will definitely return home a different person.
Gain Better Job Opportunities
Let’s face it, there is a lot of competition these days for jobs. With a greater percentage of people earning college degrees than in the past, you need to do something to make yourself stand out from the hundreds of resumes an employer can get when they post a job online. In fact, in a recent survey, 64% of employers say that studying abroad is important to them when choosing employees because they gain skills and a well-roundedness that is virtually impossible to gain otherwise. Kent’s Best Apartment notes that studying abroad can not only enhance your resume and make it stand out from the crowd, but it can also be the one thing that gets you the interview or the job when an employer needs international experience.
Gain a New Mindset
Most people who have studied abroad will testify that they return home a different person. After all, you’ve just spent 18-plus years in one culture, learning oftentimes one way of doing things and, most likely, with a lens on. By living and studying in another culture, your eyes will be opened to different ways of doing things that, while different, may even be better than your previous ways.
Kent’s Best Apartments notes that you’ll probably return much more grateful for the life you lead in the United States, especially if you study abroad in a Third-World country. Even the poor here in the United States are wealthy to the rest of the world, and when you have to live without amenities you are used to, you gain a greater appreciation for your life, and perhaps a burning desire to help others. For example, when you have no cold water to take a shower, or you want to wear your clothes and jacket to bed to stay warm at night, there is in fact no way that that experience can’t change who you are and what you believe in.
CHOOSE KENT’S BEST APARTMENTS NEAR KENT STATE TODAY
Kent’s Best Apartments offers everything you could want in a best apartment, from most of the major utilities included in rent, such as cable, internet, and trash, to a stone’s throw away from Kent State University itself. Our mission is to make your living arrangements as a college student simple and easy, so you can focus on your studies and look into study abroad opportunities. We offer controlled access entry, free parking, and newly remodeled units. Our apartments are pet-friendly and boast new appliances. Our garden-level apartments are perfect for pet owners because it makes it easy to take your furry friend out. With extra storage, easy maintenance requests, and a friendly staff, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better apartment near Kent State.
Our apartment floor plans feature big living areas and skylights in the bathrooms with a large patio for your enjoyment. We offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom options for you to choose from, so you can live alone or with a bunch of friends, depending on your preference. Some of our two-bedroom apartments near Kent State boast a bonus room that you can use for storage or as a study room with a desk. Roomy and comfortable, all of our apartment buildings near Kent State University will have you feeling right at home. Call us today to learn more!