The study abroad application process isn't as time consuming as you'd think.Why you should study abroad..
Am I quiet or loud? Introverted or extroverted? Do I like being active or prefer to stay indoors? What are my interests?
I had to answer all of those questions when filling out my study abroad housing application a few days ago, and the process of figuring myself out helped me to realize what I am about to embark on. I’m actually going to London this summer, and going to live with someone and meet new people. The dream became a reality.
I remember coming into college as a freshman and hearing about everyone studying abroad. It always sounded really fun, and all my friends who had done it certainly encouraged it, but it’s always been the type of thing to think, “Yeah, I will probably do that eventually.”
For me, I was pushed into taking the initiative to actually plan my trip once I prioritized my extracurricular activities and time. I had some internship opportunities I could pursue, but I was also looking forward to taking some time off from hard work and really relaxing this summer. Also, my older sister is getting married at the end of June, and I knew I needed to pursue something that would allow me to be flexible so I could help her plan.
Once I thought about all my prior engagements and plans, and talked to my friends, I realized the best option would be to study abroad for the month of July. Once I declared my decision over Friday brunch, one of my sisters looked at me and said, “You know the application is due Monday, right?”
I don’t know how, but somehow I pulled all of my forms and deposits together that weekend and was able to apply on deadline that next week. I met with an advisor, spoke to my parents, and the dream began to take an actual, realistic shape.
For now, I’m playing the waiting game. I have most of my forms turned in and I’m waiting for my pre-departure orientation. I’m also starting to think about some of the more practical questions I have- do people in London wear sorority shirts? No, right? So I need to buy clothes then.
I haven’t left for England yet (I fly there on the Fourth of July, how un-American), but I already know that this experience will shape my life for the better and impact my goals and ideas. So, if I could, I’d like to encourage everyone to at least look into studying abroad before they graduate.