How studying at an international school changed me

By education, I am an Englishman, by views an internationalist, by culture a Muslim and a Hindu only by accident of birth. — Jawaharlal Nehru

Only seems like yesterday when I bitterly left my home to study abroad at an international school. I was bitter because it was not my decision to leave. I was annoyed by the fact that I would not get to see my family, my girlfriend, my friends.

Now, bear with me. I am not going to tell you my story (at least it’s not the main point).

So, why did I think living abroad and going to an international school benefited me?

I am from a developing country which is not very well known around the world other than its violent history and its recent economical emerge. The educational system in my country is considered old-fashioned and the quality is.. let’s say not the best. It is next to impossible to get into top universities even if you try hard and pull the demanding exam-scores or the requirements off. That is simply because there is too much competition in today’s world of education. Top universities would rather accept a student from an already developed country like Switzerland, than a rather unknown country, for example Cambodia. And it is not their fault that they do that, after all they are in a great competition themselves among many institutions all over the world.

For people like me, it gives a competitive advantage. Sure, if you are someone blessed to be born in a country with a great recognition or a well-performing economy, this might sound a little foreign for you. But a kid like me from a less-known country with a poor educational system, was not that fortunate. With the world around us (generally) developing so rapidly and businesses have the opportunity to widen their market and customer base around the globe. Hence, it is in their interest to hire the best possible candidate for a certain job or a role. To be able to even compete for those, one needs a degree from a decent university or a college. What I am trying to explain here is like a chain reaction. But studying abroad can help people achieve the fundamental step to trigger the reaction.