7 Reasons Why You Should Say “Yes” To Studying Abroad

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As many of you may know, I studied abroad in 2015 at Regent’s University in London, England. You can find all of my study abroad posts here if you’re interested. Studying abroad was one of the most terrifying, exhilarating, and life-changing experiences and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I flew home from Heathrow.

I knew I wanted to study abroad in London after traveling there with band the summer before my senior year of high school. I fell in love with the culture, history, and architecture and could already picture myself strolling around London solo. My love for London was strong and four years later my dream came true when I got accepted to Regent’s University’s study abroad program.

If you are contemplating study abroad I have one main piece of advice for you: GO! It’s scary and you’ll miss home but this is a once in a lifetime experience to fully immerse yourself in a new culture and way of life.

Here are seven more reasons you should study abroad in college:

  1. Studying abroad will look great on your resume! Employers are looking for things that set candidates apart. Study abroad will give you a global perspective that not everyone will have. Plus, it shows that you are willing to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new.
  2. You’ll meet friends from all over the world. The friends I met in London continue to be some of my best friends today. I was able to meet people from all over the world including Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and many many more. I learned about their cultures, languages, and customs. I was the only American in my classes which was a really awesome experience!
  3. You can travel to some really cool places. This is especially true if you study abroad in Europe because it’s really inexpensive to travel between European countries. You can plan quick weekend getaways or week long adventures during school breaks. Depending on where you study abroad you may even be able to join school sponsored trips. My university offered trips to Paris, Scotland, Stonehenge, and many others.
  4. You won’t be the same after. Study abroad is guaranteed to change your life in some way. You will have new friends, new memories, and new experiences that will shape you for the rest of your life.
  5. Studying abroad makes you grateful for the life you have. I loved my study abroad experience but coming home made me appreciate all of the little things even more. I missed my parents, my sister, and Brett while I was gone but being away from them made me appreciate them so much more. I also appreciated all of sacrifices my family made in order to help me study abroad.
  6. You’ll gain real life experiences. I had so many opportunities in London that I never would have had at home. I participated in a global business conference where I had to present in front of a large group of my peers and business men and women from all over the world. Experiences like this prepared me for the “real” world after graduation and made me confident in my abilities.
  7. You’ll become more independent. There will be times when you wish your mom or dad could be around to help you but they are hundreds of miles away. At the time it’ll feel awful but it will allow you to problem solve on your own. You will have to grocery shop, do your own laundry, and plan trips by yourself or with your new friends. You will come home with a new sense of independence and be ready for whatever life throws your way next.

I know that studying abroad can be scary. It’s hard to leave your home university, your family, and your friends. But putting yourself out there is so important. I almost talked myself out of going hundreds of times but I am super happy that I took a leap of faith and went.

Let me know if you have any questions about studying abroad. I documented the whole process from applying, getting accepted, packing, and my adventures abroad if you need any inspiration for why you should go.

I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

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It’s that time again…

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Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, school is back in session. This means an endless supply of homework, exams, and reading assignments. This semester I am taking 15 credits which equals 5 classes. One of my classes is online and is the first online class that I have taken since high school!  Here’s a list of my classes for your enjoyment:

  • BCM 3700: Integrated Communication in Businesses
  • CIS 2900: Web Applications for Business
  • ECON 4000: Managerial Economics (Online)
  • FIN 3200: Business Finance
  • HIST 3020: World History to 1500

This is also my first semester pursing my BBA instead of my General Business minor. At my University you spend your first two years working on your General Business minor before being accepted into the program for your major. Classes are definitely harder the last four years….yay!

I am also working this semester… a lot. I requested to work 3-4 days between 25-30 hours a week. So far I have been working 4 days at 33-35 hours a week. I’m not complaining because I really need the money for study abroad. So far I have been able to balance work, school, and my social life. My boss is more than willing to scale down my hours if I become stressed.

My goal is to blog at least once a week during the semester. I really want to grow this blog before I leave for London in January. I want to provide information about my journey including what I packed, what research I am doing, the application process, and all of the adventures along the way! I originally created this blog to document my life and I have been slacking a bit. I am going to try to make blogging a priority this year!

Good luck to everyone as they head back to school! Let’s make this a semester to remember!

Thanks for reading!

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Productive Days are the Best Days

As you can tell from the title of this post I had a very productive day! This morning at 9:30 I completed my Macro Economics exam. I really studied for this but it was scary hard. I was so nervous that I failed. But my professor is pretty cool because he lets us take the exam booklet home after the exam and then posts the answer key online. Yay! This means that I now know that I did pass this scary hard exam! Go me!

After the exam Brett and I had brunch and then I went back to my dorm for a quick forty minute nap. I was planning on going start to my academic adviser but then remembered that she has a lunch break so I had an hour to kill. I was really excited to go see my academic adviser because I was really to fill out my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) application! This is a huge step for me because it means that after this semester I will have completed all of the pre-business requirements. Not only will I get officially accepted into my program but I will also have completed my general business minor!

I filled out and signed my application and felt a huge sense of accomplishment! I made it! My adviser told me what classes to take over the summer and next fall to get me on track to graduate in spring 2016. She also guided me along to a study abroad adviser to okay my schedule and help me fit in study abroad while staying on course to graduate.

After my advising appointment I headed over to the externship showcase. An externship is basically a 1-3 day collegiate job shadow. I hope to get a couple of externships this summer. This showcase was also a great way to network with employers! I met a lot of really great companies today and even won a t-shirt! Who doesn’t love a good free t-shirt?

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The externship showcase was right next door so of course I popped in to make an appointment. Lucky for me, the adviser was available and I was able to sit down and talk to her right then! She approved my program and said that I had aligned myself up perfectly for studying abroad. I managed to save 14 elective credit hours for studying abroad. I am so excited to get the ball rolling and start applying for study abroad! Now that she has approved my schedule I can start filling out the application. I know that I am making the best possible decision even though it’s so scary.

My favorite place, London!

My favorite place, London!

All in all it was a super productive day. I ended it with a business info tech lecture and dinner with my sister. I also finished all of my homework for tomorrow so now I can just relax and go to bed early. I love days like today!

What’s your favorite type or day? How do you manage your time?