Why Studying Abroad Was The Best Decision I've Ever Made

Why Studying Abroad Was The Best Decision I've Ever Made

There's No Time To Be Bored In A World As Beautiful As This

"There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this..."

If you are ever questioning whether you should study abroad, whether it's for a week, a month, a semester or even a year, I'm going to tell you right now to not back out of it. I'm a small-town girl who has big dreams and I'm telling you studying abroad changed my whole prospective on life. Here's Why:

Oh, the Places You'll See

I think I ended up seeing 8 different countries. Each one was unique and different in its own way. People always ask me how I could afford it. There are American Student Travel agencies we went through most of the time, and it was super affordable. But besides that, money can't buy the things and experiences you'll see and do. It was just breathtaking.

Oh, the People You'll Meet

I actually got to meet a lot of new people along the way, whether it was in my own apartment, on a trip, in class, or on a kayak ride in Switzerland. I met so many people that I still keep in contact with today--like, to come to think of it, these people could probably be a part of my wedding someday, whenever that will be. LOL.

Oh, the Food You'll Eat

The food was most definitely different from American food, but it was delicious. Italy had great, fresh Italian food, pizza, pasta, gnocchi, pastries, gelato, and Nutella everything. Barcelona had the best nachos and breakfast; Paris had great sandwiches; and Germany had great pretzels. I mean, you get the gist of it--the food was great.

Oh, the Things You'll Do

In each country (or anywhere we went) we tried to do something while we were there. We went kayaking on a beautiful lake in Switzerland and went paragliding over the mountains the next day. In Paris, we saw everything: the Louvre, the Eiffel--it was beautiful. In Croatia, we took a booze cruise to another island. In Germany, we went to a beer hall and attended their Springfest and dressed up and danced on tables. I mean, we really never got bored. We were always trying to be involved in something while we were there.

Oh, the Things You'll Learn

I learned a lot about myself. It sounds cheesy, but I really found my true passion for fashion, and I really learned how to be independent. It definitely made me change as a person and have a different perspective on things. I was never a person who even thought of studying abroad--it was more of a 'jump the gun, I'm going to take chances' kind of thing. So, if you are ever questioning yourself about doing it, I suggest that you do it. You will truly find yourself.

Cover Image Credit: Breea Bockelmann

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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Day Four In Italy: Florence

This is the day we learned the history of everything


Waking up bright and early we first took the tour bus to the country side of Florence where we visited a medieval town full of shops that lined a beautiful countryside.

CountrysideBrooke Burney

We spent about three hours here just looking around, buying things, and taking pictures. Once the three hours were up, we went to a winery where they explained how they made wine with the grapes in their vineyard.

In the vineyardBrooke Burney

After the tour, they fed us lunch with some of their wine. Then, after we ate, we passed through their wine shop and took the bus back to the Piazza della Signoria. On the way back, our tour guide was telling us about Michelangelo and his time creating the Statue of David. We had to stand in a line for about thirty minutes but when our time came, we were thrilled. We entered and saw artwork from many different artists. However, Michelangelo had a hallway of his own that was mostly filled with unfinished sculptures of statues with David being at the very end.

Statue of DavidBrooke Burney

After the tour of the art museum, our tour guide took us to the square where the churches were and gave us a history lesson on them. He gave us a background on the pictures that were painted on the doors and what they represent.

Brooke Burney

After this tour, we went back to our hotel where we were able to go eat dinner. My friends and I went back to the small square we first went to and ate in a small pizza joint.

Italian pizzaBrooke Burney

If you ever go to Europe, keep in mind that they have a hard time splitting orders. As we were sitting at this table, we asked for separate checks but they made us pay separately on a single check, which was kind of funny watching three American girls pick through their euros.

After dinner, we went back to our hotel to pack for the next day. To the train station, then Pompeii!

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