5 books to read before interning abroad
What a wild and wonderful thing it is to intern abroad. Beyond the scenery,
the cuisine and the independence, studying abroad offers one a lot of time to
expand their horizons.
And what better thing to do but read a book on all those long train rides and
flights that one will be taking? A coffee, a cafe table, and a crisply-folded
paperback! It is, quite literally, the best combination.
Here are five books that one should read while interning abroad:
1. Intern Abroad This Summer by Aniket Singh
This book will show you how! Most students today are unaware that they can find
a paid internship in a foreign university, and even if they do know, they do not
bother applying, believing the field will be too crowded. Your years as a
student are the most critical years of your life - your building blocks to a
great future. Simply focusing your student's years working on getting good
grades is just seeing half the picture. Internships, volunteering and practical
experiences are what set you apart from the crowd much more than good grades.
This book will show you how to hustle your way into a great foreign internship
and use the internships as a springboard to find that dream job, make personal
connections that last a lifetime and travel the world as a student. Sounds
daunting? Well, that's where the Intern Abroad This Summer comes in. Find
answers to all your queries on how you can land that dream internship, and many
valuable tips in this book, written by Aniket Singh.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A short novel with many fantastic elements, this Brazilian fable is about a
young shepherd boy who believes it is his destiny to travel to a far off land
and seek a treasure he sees in his dreams. A tiny boy in a great big world, the
protagonist experiences the wonder and awe of travel, and learns that one's
treasure is often found along the way and not at the destination. A surprise
twist intertwines the concepts of "home" and "destiny" and makes for one
charming and impactful novel that will get you thinking about how your travels
as a study abroad student effect your concept of "home" and "destiny" as well.
3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One of the most beloved stories-for-adults-disguised-as-stories-for-kids, this
enchanting little fable about a miniature planet, a pilot who crashes lands in
the desert, and a most peculiar and remarkable little boy is about what it means
to be truly understood. To adults, this understanding is only recognised as the
clinical transfer of information.
4. Losing North by Nancy Huston
This wonderful collection of writings and essays by
Canadian-turned-American-turned-Frenchwoman has the tagline, "musings on land,
tongue, and self". Huston touches on how one's language instantly and
irreversibly identifies them to others -- but how does that change when one
speaks multiple languages? What does it mean to be counted in two (or more)
groups at the same time? Surely these are questions you'll be eager to answer
yourself if you're learning a language while studying abroad.
5. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Told as a conversation between the great king Kublai Khan and his royal explorer
Marco Polo, this enchanting novel is an explorer's poetic description of cities
he has seen in his travels - imaginary cities that do not exist in the real
world. He describes cities with no walls or floors but with water pipes running
vertically where they normally would. He describes cities with long, winding
hallways for men who are constantly in pursuit of something. With gorgeous prose
and a nearly spiritual reverence for the "idea" of the fifty-five cities
depicted, this book is a treasure to anyone studying abroad and experiencing the
wonder of their own "invisible" cities for the first time.
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