“I’ve Been Everywhere Man…”

With the advancement and constant evolution of technology, travel is becoming more affordable and more achievable. This is evident through the ever increasing arrival and departure of international students. Marginson describes international education as “a process of externally mediated ‘adjustment’ or ‘acculturation’ to the requirements and habits of the host country” (Marginson, 2012). Basically in a nutshell, international education is all about getting out of your comfort zone and giving every opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture a go.
Throughout the reading, Marginson describes the idea of ‘self-formation’. I think she is absolutely right. With the huge influx of exchange students at Campus East, it is easy to see their transformation from the beginning of the year to the end. After talking to exchange students, particularly Americans, I can see the way in which they have developed as people and the change in attitudes as a result of getting out there and immersing themselves in a different culture. A general consensus is that they love the laid back attitude of everyone here.
Marginson also utilizes the idea of multiplicity and hybridity to describe the process of self-formation. Multiplicity refers to the multiple connections we have and the way in which, we as individuals, change with different people and settings. The second strategy is hybridity which refers to the way we “combine and synthesize” different cultural aspects. In regards to these two strategies, I believe they are absolutely spot on. We as individuals have to adapt and change to experience new cultures and ways of living. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope one day I’ll be lucky enough to experience international education.

Marginson, S (2012) “International education as self-formation” reading


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