Navigating life is perhaps one of the most interesting experiences we’ll ever have. Whether it is in our home country or in a foreign land there will always be ups and downs. For me, I spend a lot of my time trying to have more ups than downs. That is, my highest ambition in life is just to be happy and do my best to make those around me happy. Since moving to Germany over three months ago, I have found that every single day I become more and more of an optimist and a large part of this comes from saying yes to opportunities and experiences.
The power of the word ‘yes’ will be your best friend while you’re abroad. It will open your eyes to a world that you never knew existed and give you memories that will last you a lifetime. In terms of culture shock, the word ‘yes’ is so powerful to the point that I can say that I have yet to experience culture shock within Europe. With the word ‘yes’, an open heart and an open mind, you can learn so much about the world and people. For me, this is why I chose BIB (Bachelor of International Business) and why I wanted to go abroad. I want to learn about the world. I want to try to understand life and its experiences. I want to make the most of my time on earth while I’m alive. Carpe Diem.
I think about this often and sometimes it terrifies me, thinking about some of the things I almost said no to or almost let pass me by. Literally, the way I made friends here in Freiburg was because I saw a group of people who looked lost and I and asked them if they needed help. Those people ended up being (and still are) some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known. It’s scary to me that if I hadn’t said yes to helping them (the help they didn’t ask for mind you) I might not have ever met them, let alone become friends with them.
So when it comes to navigating life, at home or abroad, ‘yes’ is your best friend. It’s very hard to open yourself up to opportunity by saying no, so say yes when you can and just be open to the experiences available to you. So, just say ‘yes’!
Liam is a third-year Bachelor of International Business student who is studying abroad in Germany.
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