IN THE OLD DAY, THE YOUTH PLAYED A SECONDARY ROLE IN SOCIETY. THEY NEVER ASSUMED ANY RESPONSIBILITY NOR WAS IT OFFERED. THE ELDERS PLAYED ALL THE IMPORTANT PARTS AND THE YOUTH WAS MADE LEGALLY ONLY AFTER THEY ATTAINED THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE. IN MANY MATTERS THE DECISION OF THE ELDERS WAS FINAL.

BUT NOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED. THE YOUTH APPEARS TOBE REVOLTING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IN SO FAR, THE YOUTH WAS FOLLOWING THE OCCUPATION OF THE PARENT, THE YOUHTWAS SUBSERVIENT AND HE HAD TO LEARN FROM THE ELDER. BUT WITH THE SPREAD OF EDUCATION AND DIVERSIFICATION OF JOBS AND FACILITY IN TRAVEL WHICH TAKES PEOPLE AWAY, FAMILY TIES GET SLAKENED. IT IS A MATTER OF THE FACT THAT SOME OF THEM STILL HAVE BEST CONDITION AND CHANCE TO STUDY WELL, EVEN STUDY ABROAD.

PERHAPS, IN THEIR MIND, THEY NEVER THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD BE LEAVING THEIR COUNTRY OF BIRTH TO GO AND LIVE AWAY FROM IT BEFORE. BUT CIRCUMSTANCE CHANGED AND THEY HAD TO TAKE AN IRREVOKABLE DECISION. THEY MORE AND MORE WANT TO GO WHERE THEY CAN STUDY WITH BEST EDUCATION IN ORDER TO GET BEST KNOWLEDGE AND HAVE OPPORTUNITIES OF EMPLOYMENT WITH A GOOD PAY RIGHT AFTER RETURNING THEIR COUNTRY. I THINK THAT IS QUITE GOOD !!!. HOWEVER, THE THOUGHT OF LEAVING THEIR DEAR COUNTRY, WHERE THEY WERE BORN, BRED, EDUCATED AND SPENT THEIR YOUTHFUL LIFE WITH UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES, IS ALMOST WRENCH! THEY CAN'T FORGET EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY: THE CLIMATE, EVERGREEN SURROUNDINGS, FRIENDLY PEOPLE, RAINS, SUNSHINE AND THE FRUITS WHICH THEY AHVE IN PLENTY. IT IS ALSO THEIR FAMILY, RELATIVES AND NEIGHBOURS WHO ARE VERY LOVABLE AND KIND, ETC... HOWEVER, WE CAN'T DENY A THING THAT STUDYING ABROAD IS A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY AND A BRILLIANT FUTURE LEADING TO SUCCESS. WHEN WE STUDY IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, WE CAN SEE A WIDER WORLD BECAUSE WE CAN AFFORD TO TAKE VACATIONS AND TRAVEL TO BEAUTY SPOTS WHERE WE NEVER COME TO. IN ADDITION, WE ARE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PRACTISING OUR ENGLISH, GAIN GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL ADVANCES, NEW LIFESTYLE, ETC... IT IS VERY INTERESTING !!!

BUT TO MY OPINION, THEY MAY HAVE MANY DIFFICULTIES. FIRSTLY, let's DEAL WITH THEIR CUSTOMS AND HABITS. WHEN THEY HAVE MOVED OUT OF THEIR ABODES, THEY ARE UNABLE TO SHAKE OFF SOME OF THEIR FUNDAMENTAL CUSTOMS AND MANNERS. AN EUROPEAN CONTINUES TOBE EUROPEANEVEN WHEN HE FINDS HIMSELF IN THE EQUATOR, THE CHINESE CONTINUES TOBE CHINESE WHENEVER THEY GO. SO DOES VIETNAMESE. THEY HAVE TO GET TO KNOW THE DIFFERENT CUSTOMS AND MANNERS. THEY find THE DIFFERENCE IN CLOTHING, IN FOOD, IN THEIR COMMUNICATION WITH OTHERS, IN WORKSHIP AND SO ON... THIS INTERMINGLING HAS A CARRY-VER VALUE. THEY LEARN TO DRESS LIKE THEM. FOR EXAMPLE, AMERICAN WOMEN, WHEN THEY GO TO INDIA, LEARN TO WEAR THE" SARI". THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE " KIMONO" OF THE JAPANESE. THE "SARONG" OF MALAYSIANS AND INDONESIANS IS SLOWLY BEING COPIED BY SOME OTHER NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES; SIMILARLY IN THE MATTER OF FOOD. THE MAIN ADVANTAGE IS ONE get TO KNOW THE OTHER. THE RACIAL PREJUDICES GET BLUNT AND SLOWLY FADE AWAY. IT TEACHES THEM TOLERANCE, WHICH IS HIGHLY NEEDED TODAY IN THIS WORLD. BESIDES, THEY ALSO TRY THEIR BEST TO GET OVER OTHER DIFFICULTIES, SAY, FINANCIAL, BARRIER OF LANGUAGE, HOMESICKNESS, NEW LIFESTYLE, ETC...

GIVEN THE CHOICE, I WOULD CHOOSE THE UNIVERSITY(UNI.) OUT IN THE COUNTRY FOR REASONS WHICH I PUT FORTH BELOW. BEFORE ACTUALLY STATING " WHY", I SHALL SAY " WHY NOT". LET ME FIRST STATE MY CASE AGAINST A CITY UNI. UNIVERSITIES IN CITIES ARE USUALLY CROWDED AND IN CROWDED LOCATIONS. EXCEPT FOR A FEW UNIVERSITIES, MANY UNIVERSITIES ARE HOUSED IN DRAB, OLD HOUSES WITH A SLOVENLY ATMOSPHERE. THE NOISE FROM OUTSIDE WILL BE ABOMINABLE AND SINCE THE UNI. IS CROWDED, THERE CANT BE MUCH ORDIALITYBETWEEN THE STUDENTS. THE QUESTION OF TRANSPORT FROM UNI. TO HOME AND VICE VERSA WILL BE TIME-CONSUMING AND AT THE SAME TIME SICKENING. ONE WILL HAVE TO START QUITE EARLY AND TRAVEL BY CROWDED BUSES OD TRAINS AND RETURN HOME LATE. BY THE TIME ONE RETURNS HOME, THERE WILL NOT BE TIME FOR PLAY OR RELAXATION. THIS ALMOST MECHANICAL LIFE FOR SIX DAYS IN THE WEEK WOULD TELL ON THE NERVES.

IN A SMALL TOWN, THE SCOPE FOR LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASS MAY BE LITTLE. THE CHANCES FOR RECREATIONMAY BE LIMITED. YOU ARE NOBODY IN A CITY BUT U ARE EASILY RECOGNISED IN A SMALL TOWN. SO THE SCOPE FOR INDULGING IN PLAY AND RECREATION MAYBE LIMITED UNLESS PROVIDED BY THE UNI. THERE MAY BE VARIETY LACKING IN SUCH UNIVERSITIES. DIFFERENT STRATA OF SOCIETY MAY NOT be REPRESENTED THERE AND THE SCOPE FOR KNOWING PEOPLE AT LARGE WILL BE LIMITED. THEY HAVE NEITHER THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE COUNTRY NOR THE VARIEGATED EXPERIENCES ONE COULD HAVE FROM A CITY...

IN SUMMARY, EVERYTHING HAS TWO SIDES: ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE. SO EACH OF US SHOULD ACCEPT AND GET OVER ALL DIFFICULTIES IF WE HAVE A CHANCE TO STUDY ABROAD. Let's TRY OUR BEST TO STUDY WELL, LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND IN HARMONY WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND MAINTAIN OUR STAND UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. THIS IS ALSO A SACRED DUTY!

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I love the ideas in your essay, the conclusion is a bit vague though. Could you develop it further?
It's difficult to read when it's all in capital letters.
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It wasn't for me, Woody. This article got me thinking. I have always liked the idea of living in foreign countries and I easily adapt to new situations but leaving your family behind must be really difficult for some people, I reckon.
Hei Angel, ur essay is so interesting but dun lets it in capital. It looks like a Slogan. Anyway, u had a first well-done post.
disadvantages suppose to when a aperson want to go abroard has forgetten their custom
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u hve oly a single iidea on advantag nd disadvantag.....which u hve elaborated nd explaind........it wud hve been too gud if added mre points........nywys gud one........thanqq
Well done[Emotion: party],but I think that we say "in my opinion" and not "to my opinion".

Please don't write in capital letters. This makes the reader sometimes angry.

As for me,disadvantages of traveling abroad overweigh its disadvantages.[H]
YES,it makes me headache
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