In Study Abroad Seminar, we took a survey: “75 long-term outcomes of an international experience.” This helped me to think about the ways that I have changed, things that I have learned–and also what I have not learned from my time here.
valuable I have learned is to ask for help/favors from other people. In the
past, I have been too proud to ask others for help; I get a sense of
satisfaction from being self-sufficient and “having it together.” I hate to be
a burden to others. Coming here with only a forty-two pound suitcase, I have
needed a lot of things that it is just impractical to buy (i.e. cookware,
hairdryer, large bookbag, etc.). Also, being a foreigner, there have been many
situations in which I’ve needed directions, social etiquette cues, and
translation. I am grateful that I have gracious roommates and friends who have
really been an example to me of generous, cheerful givers. “Ask and you shall
receive”–sometimes God’s provision is there for the taking, we just have to be
bold enough–or humble enough–to ask. Now that I have been a recipient of such
generosity, I am learning to be more giving to others.