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You Should Study Abroad

By Danielleabroad @danielleabroad
Phew. January 2012 was a challenge. I lost quite a few more things than I 'd bargained for, and a very special person, too. And so, I'm looking forward to starting fresh in February. Perhaps because we're conditioned to look at each year, month, week, my gosh, even each day as a new beginning and a clean slate. 
you should study abroad I believe in this optimistic view to a degree, but I also know from experience that, sometimes, you only do get one single opportunity to take a life-changing chance. For me, studying abroad was just that. I think many others would agree. you should study abroad The plate you see above was my first official "study abroad" meal. With scrambled eggs, yogurt, zucchini bread, and fresh fruit, it was hardly an exotic breakfast. But the cuy that followed, in addition to cochayuyo, these shellfish, endive, and tarte flambée would all still be foreign had I not been so deliciously introduced. you should study abroad Of course, in the end, it was never actually about the food. It was about living in a country I wasn't familiar with, with a family that wasn't my own, and spending time with peers who were all but strangers until we became friends. Then doing it all over again, and again. you should study abroad It was about meeting people of all ages who grew up in completely different environments than the one I myself was raised in, and discovering that we had nearly everything in common when it came that which mattered. you should study abroad It was about seeing amazing ruins of historical significance with my own eyes. you should study abroad It was about finding a home in not one, not two, but three cities across the globe. you should study abroad It was about camping in national parks, climbing volcanos, and surfing deserts.  you should study abroad It was about being a minority while being an American and a native English speaker. It was about learning about culture as I became somewhat multilingual. you should study abroad It was about visiting my aunt's beloved Spanish city, the land my grandfather's parents came from, my neighbors' the home country; reuniting with ma soeur. you should study abroad Most college students aren't required to study abroad. Yet according to the Institute of International Education, more are doing so anyway. We have our entire lives to travel, (and we should, often), but studying abroad is a unique experience that has the power to transform us from pampered young adults to cultured global citizens. you should study abroad It obviously doesn't always have such magical effects, but it most certainly can if you let it. You simply have to be open with the world, and patient with yourself. you should study abroad I will forever be grateful for deciding to study abroad for a year and actually making it happen in spite of seemingly countless fears and doubts, and if you're given the opportunity to study abroad (my brother is considering a semester in the third most popular destination) with all my heart I hope you'll take it. you should study abroad It's terrifying to willingly place ourselves into uncomfortable, challenging, and risky situations. It's much easier to avoid them all together. But don't. Study abroad anyway. Let yourself have the international experience of a lifetime.

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COMMENTS ( 1 )

By  Seycil
posted on 02 February at 03:40
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yeah, that is so true.. it's almost 3years since i decided to study abroad to Sydney, Australia.. now i'll move to vancouver, Canada soon.. i should say.. study abroad is addictive!