It is an experience in itself to be a college student and exploring the world of secondary education. However, it is an even larger experience in itself to realize that there is more to the world than what you have just built in the past few years at Indiana University and in your life. There are numerous opportunities that universities all over the country (and world) offer for students to study abroad or at least visit abroad for a short period of time. Every person, student or otherwise, should experience another country’s lifestyle at least once in their life.
To support my enthusiasm for studying abroad and foreign cultures, I can personally attest to how it has changed my life for the better. I traveled abroad to England, Scotland and France in the summer of 2015 for ten days. Only ten days and I realized there are so many things to see, to experience, and to do in the world. The states are great but the rest of the world is just as amazing. What makes it even better is that my brothers and I came back to Indiana with slight accents from both England and Scotland. Immersion into a whole new country and its way of life really makes you realize that the American way of life is not the only way of life. From my friends who have studied abroad in Italy and China through other universities, they both said it was an unforgettable experience.
There is no reason that the world should not be explored and it is as easy as exploring IU’s student resources for study abroad programs. The Office of Overseas Study is the best first resource or you can visit the office in person at the Leo R. Dowling International Center near Read Residence Hall. Even classes and departments promote different study abroad programs that can be for alternative breaks, a few short weeks such as a summer session or even as long as an entire semester or academic year. There are over 300 programs through IU alone, so plenty of chances to find the right fit.
Adventure awaits, so what are you waiting for?