Why I’m Studying Abroad, And Why You Should, Too
Start writing a post

Why I’m Studying Abroad, And Why You Should, Too

It's more than just traveling to a new place.

Why I’m Studying Abroad, And Why You Should, Too
Kelsey Radigan

No matter how much we may love home, some of us just have an urge to wander.

My mom would be the first to tell you that she did everything she could to convince me to go to Europe, or anywhere in the world that is closer than New Zealand.

Going from Marist College in New York to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, I am studying nearly as far away from home as I can possibly go. Marist is only two hours from my house, and I take advantage of the easy trip home for quick weekend visits; going across the world without that safety net is definitely new to me.

When I tell people where I’m going, they always seem to be struggling between congratulatory words of encouragement and shocked, questioning tones. I’ve been asked countless times why I didn’t want to study in a place like Europe, where I can be with tons of people from my school that I already know, and most importantly, where my friends and family can visit me.

If there’s one thing I’ve already learned through this study abroad process, it’s that convenience is almost never the most rewarding option.

Of course, everyone has their own preferences. For me, the convenience of being closer to home and familiarity was keeping me from what I really wanted. I want to think my own thoughts and fix my own problems, and really focus on what it means to be me. This is one of the first major decisions I’ve made in my life in which I didn’t ask people for their opinions/validation first. I just decided to go for it and follow my dreams.

Other than the obvious reasons for going abroad, like experiencing different cultures and feeding my adventurous side, I’m studying abroad to gain some perspective and focus on myself (not to mention I’ll be doing that in a country I love, which is pretty awesome!).

I’m one of those people everyone goes to for all of their problems. Big or small, stupid or serious, I’m always there to help and lend advice. I’ve started to realize that it takes a toll on me to be there for everyone all the time.

Being so far away means I won’t be as easy to reach—and that means I need to choose when I want to focus on other people, rather than automatically dropping everything for anyone. I’m hoping to take that skill home with me when I return, and learn how to take time for myself.

The time I am spending overseas is MY time. I’m using this to focus on what’s important to ME and get away from the drama of everyday life. Sure, there will still be problems that need solving no matter where I go, but when you take out the predictable, “boring” nature of everyday life, it’s easier to focus on bigger things.

Of course I’m going to miss the people closest to me, but it’s easy to forget how spoiled we are, constantly communicating with everyone at the touch of our fingertips. That also makes it easy to forget how much you appreciate someone, when they are so easily reachable every day.

I don’t want to be held back by the things that are comforting to me. Instead, I am doing things that terrify me: spending 27 hours on three different planes, leaving behind the luxury of constant communication with friends and family, and having to play the “new kid” and make new friends.

Getting out of your comfort zone forces you to work hard, and shows you what you really want. Placing myself in this unique circumstance is helping me to discover more about myself, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again.

Keep Reading... Show less

I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone's been here. And, truthfully, it sucks. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Christmas Movies You'll Remember If You Were A 2000s Kid

Because I'm still reminiscing about simpler times.


The Christmas season is coming to an end, but it's not too late to get some last-minute movies in! Unfortunately, this year didn't look like a typical Christmas. While we can't have any big Christmas parties or family gatherings, we can still celebrate at home! Christmas is the best time for nostalgia, and we could all use some warm and fuzzy feelings as we wrap up a tough year and enter a new one that hasn't been proven any calmer, either.

As a kid who grew up in the 2000s, I can think of some of my favorite staple Christmas movies. If you're looking for recommendations or just a walk down memory lane, check out the list below.

Keep Reading... Show less

9 Reasons 'The Wilds' Should Be Your Next Binge Watch

The Wilds is the Best New Show on Amazon Prime


As we enter the new year, you might be looking for a great show to kick-off 2021. Look no further, I have the perfect recommendation. "The Wilds" was released on Amazon Prime last month and has been gaining traction steadily since then. This series of 10 one-hour episodes tells the stories of eight girls who find themselves on a deserted island after their plane crashed while they are on their way to a resort. Unlike other survival shows, there's a bit more to the story than what first meets the eye. This show is unique in characters, storytelling methods, and plot.

If you aren't convinced yet, allow me to provide you with a list of further persuasion.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Therapeutic Ways To Be Adventurous During The Pandemic

Add some music to reduce the COVID-anxiety a bit and perceive your surroundings as the elaborate setting of a land far, far away from home


Even if we are not traveling abroad at the moment, we can still travel locally while maintaining social distancing and preventative guidelines. Sometimes, the little things in life seem the most fascinating and joyous to us compared to the flamboyant luxuries that we perhaps have a wishful desire for.

So, as a potential remedy for our travel necessity, I have listed 5 alternative ways in which you can relish your traveling desires during this pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Things TikTok Made Me Buy, And Now My Life Is So Much Better

Where would I be without my Revlon hair dryer or CeraVe skin products?! Thanks, TikTok.


TikTok is a great way to see what products are trending. People are sharing tips and tricks about items that they use to make their life happier, healthier, or just easier.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments