By opening a book you transport yourself into another world. Be it a dystopian hell, wild western town, land of aliens or something that looks kinda a lot like the real world… every book is a portal into a new place and into the mind and culture of another person.
That’s why I
am completely obsessed with like reading. It is like the oculus rift… but cheaper. Anyhow, I’ve always gone to books when I want to learn about a new people or culture or place or time. Fiction in particular helps me to feel immersed in the mind of a stranger until they become closer to me than even my closest friends.
That is why I am reading myself into study abroad readiness.
Sure, not every book by a Welsh author is going to be an all encompassing and politically correct explanation of Welsh culture. However, by immersing myself in Welsh thought and literature I feel a connection to Wales that I’ve never felt before. Even reading children’s novels inspired by Welsh mythology is a fun way to get myself excited about my big move. Plus, I hope to avoid being embarrassingly ignorant about the tales and songs and such that the Welsh have grown up with their entire lives.
(Okay, its just another mediocre excuse to devour me some quality children’s literature.)
So why not prepare for studying abroad by trying to immerse yourself in your country’s culture by reading? I’ve been trying Welsh authors and lemme tell you I’ve had the grandest of times.
(Oh yeah, and movies. They don’t offer quite the immersive experience. You cannot step right inside the head of the author like you do with a book. But they can offer a bit of insight into the culture and excite you about the gorgeous landscape.)