By Chris WoodThe psychology of studying abroad is not a simple exercise.
I spent a lot of time with colleagues who were working in countries where the university had already established its own campus.
Many of us were very familiar with the idea of going to a new place, learning a new language, and experiencing a completely new way of life, but how much could we really learn from a different perspective?
How much could it actually make us?
The answer to that question is complicated.
Psychology studies abroad is a very complicated subject.
It is not for everyone.
You can study in countries with higher crime rates and lower literacy, or where you might be less likely to be treated well, or with more restrictive social structures.
It also takes a lot more effort than it might initially seem.
In a way, studying abroad means that we are all a little bit of a puzzle, a bit of one-dimensional, incomplete piece of what makes us human.
It’s like being a scientist studying a particular field.
We’re trying to piece together the pieces of our bodies and minds, our biology, our physiology and our genetics, all while trying to get our heads around a new environment.
The biggest thing I learnt was that the most rewarding part of studying overseas is actually being in the company of other human beings.
They are a huge part of what I love about studying abroad, which is how people can share information and understand each other.
We learn about each other’s experiences, we share insights, and we try to understand each others’ perspective on the world.
This is how I learnt that it is really important to understand the culture, and to have people around you who can understand what you are going through.
I remember talking to a colleague who was working in a foreign country and I asked her about how much she liked to see her colleagues, especially the women, from different cultures and countries.
“It’s very important to see the women,” she said.
“It makes you realise how different they are from you.”
It’s a good thing too, because in some ways, it feels like being on the other side of the world is an even bigger challenge than studying in a Western country.
We are all trying to understand ourselves, our own bodies, our environment, and how we relate to others.
It can be a very lonely experience.
It was in another environment that I discovered that studying abroad doesn’t necessarily have to be a solitary experience.
You may even find that you have the ability to socialise with people from different walks of life and cultures.
The other thing I found is that I feel like I am always in a different world, in a very different place.
I don’t see myself as a scientist, but I am constantly looking at myself in a mirror, trying to work out who I am.
If I could travel back to Australia, I would definitely like to see myself at that point in time.
But I’m not sure that I would have the courage to do that.
I still have a lot to learn, and I want to learn from people who have the same experience as me.
It is an incredible privilege to be able to study abroad.
The experiences are amazing.
But it is also a huge challenge, because it feels as if I am a scientist trying to unravel the secrets of the universe.
The thing I love most about studying overseas, however, is that when I am in the same place as people, the questions they ask me are more profound and interesting.
It gives me a chance to get to know the world better, and it can make me appreciate the world in ways I might never have imagined.