By Anup Vasudev, SIES College, Mumbai
Despite constant contradictions by the “Brain-Drain theory”, I've always felt that education abroad offers “A-BROAD” scope for people to amplify their knowledge and shed their monochrome perspectives about foreign lands, their culture and their people. Often, when people consider studies abroad as an opinion, they let their supposed cupidity overshadow the benefits of their learning experience (abroad) that ultimately holds a much greater value. It’s been 2 years since I decided for sure that if there was any place where I wanted to continue my education, it had to be Germany. Wanting to take up Neuroscience and Medicine as a career choice, all the information I could gain from friends, the internet and various magazines helped me realize that Germany is a haven for aspiring students. Personally for me, as a lover of automobiles, it’s hard not to be impressed by names like Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and of course Mercedes! Germany hasn’t been just about those wonderful brands. It’s stunningly beautiful cities, the elegant natural beauty and the hard working people are just a few of Germany’s features that invite people from all over the world not just as a prospect for education, but even as a great place to settle down. There is a golden rule that I have always stood for. It says that dependence is the greatest weakness; the greatest barrier to growth and progress. Being from a country that has fought for it’s independence for around 200 years, I can very well know the need for independence. It gives you the ability to handle acrimonious situations with composure. Hence, the most unremitting impetus for my choice to study abroad is the fact that it is the best way that I can learn to be independent and take care of myself. A few years of study abroad, I believe will help me tackle future vicissitudes with skill and patience. It's a privilege to meet people from various parts of the world and to get an insight into their views on many aspects of not just our career choice but also about life. This way, one need not be subservient to fallacies and misconceptions. The superior state of art, course content, advanced teaching methods, extensive library and lab and research in Germany all appeal to me greatly. I wish to experience not only the educational journey that Germany offers, but also the privilege of immersion in the language and the unique culture of Germany by personally participating in it. This, I believe will make me a full and functioning participant in the “Global Educational Village” in the longer run. I know for sure, that studying abroad will not only open up newer prospects for me in the future, but also help me grow as a person. It would help me be of service to society. Probability is like gravity: absolute; nonnegotiable. I'd hence like to eliminate any ‘probable’ downside about studying abroad, and look at it with positivism. To sum up, all I’d say is that I would absolutely LOVE to continue my further studies in Germany.