Why studying abroad is the best decision you'll make in college

Every once in a while, you'll see a table set up in the basement of Ballantine with a standard poster board with pictures of far-away-places and stacks of colurful brochures. This is one table you don't want to pass by, because it's the IU Office of Overseas Study reaching out to you.

The first part of studying abroad is deciding to do it. After that, you easily fall into the process of applying and getting your paperwork in order. But first, you have to take that plunge.

If it's money that makes you hesitant, remember travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. You learn so much about yourself, about how to function in  uncomfortable situations, and how to experience unfamiliar cultures, that there really is no cheaper form of education. If you're thinking you'll travel later in life when you have the money, when exactly is that? When you have kids who need to go to college? When you can't take off more than a week of work? This is the time, people. This is the only time in your life you'll have the opportunity to spend six or more weeks living (not just visiting) in a foreign country with people your age. 

And IU makes it so easy!

The IU Office of Overseas Studies is ranked seventh in U.S. countries and sends about 2,500 students to about 52 countries each year. These numbers speak for themselves: coming to IU and studying abroad is the best decision you'll make in college.

If you're still hesistant about making the plunge, just make an appointment with a study abroad advisor or a peer counselor (a student who has studied abroad who can tell you what it's really like).

Studying abroad in Denmark this past summer gave me the best experiences and education I didn't know I even needed. Don't miss out on this truly once in a lifetime opportunity.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!