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7 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

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Studying abroad was one of the biggest decisions I had to make during my first few years of college. It sounded exciting to be able to live in a totally different place and meet people from different backgrounds. But at the same time, it sounded like a terrifying idea especially since I would be living away from my friends and family for a long time and I would be missing out on some fun adventures with these special people. After a long existential debate with myself, I finally decided to pursue studying abroad and exaggerations aside, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life and I'll tell you why.

 1  One word: adventure!

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Don't be afraid of getting lost especially when you're in a big city—it's all about exploring! Visit museums, join school field trips, attend parties, travel within and outside the city you're studying in, eat at a restaurant with a cuisine foreign to your taste buds, go out at night and enjoy the sounds and sights of the city, and just get to know more about the culture of the country you're in! There's so much you can do and explore, all you need is a sense of adventure. You're only young once and now is definitely the best time to get lost and find yourself in your new home for the next few months.

 2  Commuting is a breeze.

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For more developed countries, commuting is definitely much easier and cheaper if you want to go to areas far from where you live. The subway and bus systems are easily accessible and easy enough to understand once you get the hang of it. Make sure to travel with a friend or someone who knows the language or is familiar with the commuting system so you can pick up some tips and learn more about places you definitely should visit next time around.

 3  Food, food, food!

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Don't be afraid to try new things especially when it comes to food! You will encounter bizarre dishes and street food that you would never consider eating in your entire life and you'll never know what it tastes like unless you try. It's a great way to experience the culture of the country you live in and it's a perfect moment to document to show your friends and family back at home the new things you've tried!

 4  Shopping!

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What's a trip without a little (or a lot of) shopping? Try shopping from markets, underground shops, or stores not available in your home country. Not only will you be able to dress up like a local, you'll have unique finds for when you go back home.

 5  Meeting new people.

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This is one of the great things about spending time abroad. You get to meet different people from different countries and backgrounds and you'll be surprised at how much you have in common, or even how different your cultures are. You'll be able to meet some amazing people and create connections that could be helpful in the future. Don't be shy when it comes to meeting new people because you're all going through the same thing. All it takes is a little push and openness and you'll be making friends in no time.

 6  Every day is a learning experience.

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Got lost in the subway? Ate something way too spicy? Got lost in translation? Don't worry about making a few mistakes. Every place that you go to and every small mishap you encounter should not discourage you from exploring the country you're staying in. It's okay to make mistakes and get a little lost sometimes especially if you're in a country with a completely different language because this is how you learn. You get to know yourself and the people you're with more and it makes for a great story. Don't be afraid to try new things.

 7  This will be an experience you'll never forget.

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One semester or one year abroad may seem like a really long time, but time flies by really fast and before you know it, it'll be all over soon. So make the most out of your stay abroad and try everything that your country has to offer. Now's the perfect time to be brave and unleash your inner adventurer, Candy Girl! Take pictures, videos, and keep in touch with the people you meet. Through all these experiences and adventures, studying abroad is the perfect way for you to discover the world and join in on the fun of your new home away from home.

Are you considering stuyding abroad? Just tweet us @candymagdotcom or leave a comment below. We love hearing from you!

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I don’t know what to do. I feel lost. I don’t know what to do. I feel alone. I don’t know what to do. I feel abandoned. Dreams are things we ought to have. Without them, we might never know where will our future take us. We seem to be trained to have them. I want to be a nurse. I want to be a doctor. I want to be an engineer. I want to be a lawyer. Those are the lines children tell in front of people. It seems simple to dream. To have an ambition. Well, I thought it is. But, now, as I put a book on my lap, thinking about where my fate will lead me, it isn’t.

I feel drowned in the responsibility of knowing what I wanted. The season of college entrance tests are coming. Yet, I feel nothing but doubtful. I studied, but now, I am not doing such a thing. I felt so engrossed the last time I checked myself months ago. Now, I am unsure of what I want to do. I have to study. Yes, I know. However, I feel so dismissive to do something. I can’t even point out what’s the problem in me.

What am I doing? I must go, open some books, and study hard. But, I am never doing it in this present moment. Instead of challenging myself with tons of knowledge, I am here writing this passage with my mind resonating with unspoken words and truth. I seem insane, right? What will happen to me if I keep on doing nothing? Well, simple. I will never be successful - I know that. Then, what must I do?

Asking myself such a question will never suffice what I really need. Because, I’ve been asking myself questions all the time. Yet, I’ve never come up with answers. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being pained. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being tortured. I don’t know what to do. I feel like being misunderstood. I don’t know what to do. I don't know.

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strangers can be not strangers, they can be someone else

Isn't it intimidating to interact with strangers? Majority will say "yes" certainly. No doubt, parents also come up with their very classic "Don't talk to strangers" smart advice for their children. But come to realize to take the opposite approach of it as we grow older, there's a tangled idea in our head it it is beneficial or not.

Finding comfort to someone we don't know is like finding a needle in the bunch of hay. A blurry-blurry thing, a no-percent no-possibility to happen. But not to compare, for others it's like their way of finding comfort, way to socialize, way to widen their circle of acquaintance, that's why psychologist somewhat agree with it. If the person didn't give you a ghastly vibe, why not give it a try to interact. It's kinda weird thing to open doors for strangers,but at the same time, its interesting. Think of this, why its easy for others to share secretes of them, or to have pretty intimate conversation to random person? Cause they say, "No judgement".

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Hi Candy! I saw a repost of your IG story from one of my good friends who happens to be your candy rookie, Margaux Nonato, about students who started their business this quarantine season. I wanted to submit my own story as well but didn’t have the guts to do so, until I read the stories of some students who happen to share the same experience as mine!

Telling my own story might be a little overdue, now that you’ve already published the article but I wanted to give this a try still if it means inspiring other people as well. I am an incoming third year medical student from De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute and I have also decided to do something productive (aside from studying my backlogs of course) and something unique that may help me to challenge myself into exploring new things aside from human anatomy, pathology, and all those medical greatness.

Kudos to everyone who decided to start their online businesses! I must say it isn’t easy at all so we all deserve a round of applause for doing great and getting this far! I’ve always been a fan of baking since I was a kid. I remember making my own chocolate chip cookies when I was in second year high school and back then, I only baked with a microwave (since our oven was whack) and used choco choco as the chocolate in my cookies ???? they are not as bad as they seem! Trust me!

Since then I’ve always dreamed of finding the perfect recipe. I took Biochemistry in college and went straight to studying Medicine so my plan in finding the perfect recipe was always postponed since studying for my future patients will always be my number one priority. (Naks) Then Coronavirus happened. I just finished my last semester for 2nd year Med last June and I’ve decided to finally come up with the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, then tried selling them for extra allowance to help in our expenses. In addition to my chocolate chip cookie recipe, I’ve also managed to bake chocolate crinkles and different varieties of brownies! Who would’ve thought that a super busy medical student would have the chance to bake and create her own online business as well? (While in Med School!!!)

So then I started my online business, named “Harina Manila”.You can also find it on instagram and facebook @harina.manila!! I like to call my baked goods “paboridough” because the ones that I bake are indeed my favorites and I‘d like to share it with everyone. Kaya sa mga broken hearted jan, dibale nang hindi ka niya pinili, sa Harina Manila, ikaw ang aming paboridough ???? (hahaha corny!) From deciding what to name your business, to buying ingredients almost every week, and finding the right packaging that fits your style, starting your own online business really takes time and dedication! But as they say, kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga!

This goes not only to medical students like me, but to all students who are struggling to keep themselves sane this quarantine season. Amidst the pandemic that we are facing right now, I hope that we may not forget to take good care of ourselves both physically and mentally. May we find the courage to remain optimistic and try new things that could help us grow and become better. Sharing with you my story this quarantine season, I hope I may be able to inspire other people into believing that they too, can do something amazing, heck there’s no limit to what we can all achieve! As long as we work hard for it, malayo ang mararating natin! I thank you, Candy Mag, for spreading good vibes and inspiration to everyone by publishing good stories! To all the lovely readers who took their time to read Candy’s article, if this ever gets published, I hope you remind yourselves today that you are capable of doing amazing things and that there is no limit to what you can achieve. Fighting! Dont forget to visit, like, and follow my page on Facebook and Instagram, Harina Manila (@harina.manila) and try out some of our baked goods! We got you covered, my paboridough! Thank you! ??

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