Pros and Cons of Studying Locally
When I first started working, I met with and mixed with a lot of friends who studied overseas. One thing that really bugged me then was how when we in a big group together, they would go, “I remember when I was studying in London / Melbourne / Boston / Sydney / Baghdad…” or “KLCC is nothing, that shopping center in London is SO much better…”
Yeah right. Then they would ask me, “So where did you study? RMIT? Sheffield?” And I would reply, “No, locally…” Then they say “Oh…” while giving me that-“Oh, dear me, this poor Jakun…”-look.
Yeah, well, I’m damn proud to have studied in Malaysia. But before I go into a 2-page rant about it, let me just give you some of the advantages to have studied in Malaysia, plus a few disadvantages (yes, I’ll have to admit it’s not all a bed of roses).
Top Ten Advantages of Studying Locally:
Top Five Disadvantages of Studying Locally:
- Your parents come and visit all the time. Worse still if you’re still staying with them.
- Public toilets have no toilet paper. Not even the holder.
- Some local colleges’ names are so uncool (“Kolej Olympia”? "Institut Goon" ?!!)
- You have to eat maggi mee everyday if you are broke.
- Lack of job opportunities make lead you to become a third-rate blogger.