The Oversea Students
In recent decades, as China is playing an increasingly important role in China’s development and its integration with the world, more and more people are willing to study abroad, which can help us to understanding different cultures, and varied knowledge. Even though many people from hometown suppose the oversea students are very lucky, the fact are mostly contrary to the life them imagine. In the journey through knowledge, we are facing various challenges, such financial, lonely and communication barriers. All of these challenges will be explained further as following.
Most oversea students like us are running into financial problems in japan. Most of us are struggling with our part-time job while study, but the salary from our part-time job is just only enough for our living cost. However, financial problem can be caused by different aspects so sudden. Something in sudden will lead to unwilling expense, such as sickness and accident. Take sickness as example, since we are the unprotected group. We cannot enjoy the welfare like resident or citizen, and the insurance only can cover very limited percentage for our sickness or accident, which means that if we need to see the doctor, it will cost much more than our home country. For example, once, my flatmate had an appendicitis, he had to went under the knife, and this operation cost him three months living expense and since this sudden sickness makes him cannot work on his part-time job for few months. These kinds of problem will make us overuse our living expense easily.
One the other hand, loneliness is a crucial issues that we face. We are in the place where is total strange and have not any friends base. It is not like in our hometown where we grow up and we have friends and families. We are in japan the foreign countries, we will experience too many unacquainted things and individuals, but we have no friends and families there to share with. Even though we share with our friends and families from by internet, those of listeners cannot put themselves in ours’ position. In this case, we feel no one to talk to, and no body can understand us. This had happened to one of my language school classmate who come from Korean, she was robbed by a japan vagrant, after that she wanted to call one of her friend comfort her, but none of her friends can understand her fear and feeling and said why did you go to japan, which made her can only bear this by herself beside telling the police. Therefore, some can only cry to ourselves and push ourselves to be friend with loneliness.
Last but not least, we are under intense pressure of communication. This pressure is not only from study, but also from working and living. Most of us only have limited knowledge and experience about the japan. It is not an easy job to overcome the obstacles of communication to integrate ourselves into countries that is total different cultural background, since communication is everywhere in our daily life. For instance, while we are studying, we need to talk to our teachers and classmates, and while we working, we need to mutual interact with colleagues and customers, however we mostly have not much topic to talk to others, since our poor knowledge and information of the japan, it makes us hard to make foreign friends. And this is an endless loop, no knowledge makes no friend, and no friends make us cannot have any way to obtain information. This problem occur to every oversea students. Therefore, this will be one of serious problem to who study oversea.
To sum up, oversea students’ daily life are looked good, but all of us are facing many new challenges and problems every day, such as financial, lonely and communication barriers. Though these challenges can be conquered some days, it requires a lot of courage, sweat and tear.