There’s no doubt in my mind that study abroad is awesome. You get to live in a foreign country for six months, your coursework is likely to be electives, and you become close with other students from the same program.
When I applied to college, it was crucial that my school had a study abroad focus. I already knew that traveling overseas for a semester was a priority for that four years.
And then freshman year rolled around.
I became passionate about blogging, and I considered taking up a second minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.
With a demanding major in the sciences plus an existing Spanish minor, adding a second minor would either A) eliminate my ability to study abroad or B) make the other 7 semesters a nightmare.
I decided study abroad was less important to me than IMC.
And then I decided IMC wasn’t important to me either (too much business, not enough social media/design).
But the enthusiasm for studying abroad was gone.
If I were to go abroad, I’d choose to a Spanish-speaking country. That’s the only way I could see myself justifying a semester elsewhere.
With a language goal, I had to consider the accent I’d be returning with–no Argentinian zh-for-ll or Spanish th-for-ci/ce/z for me, thank you very much. Plus traveling with a group of English-speaking Americans isn’t an ideal immersion experience.
In the end, it wasn’t worth it to give up all of my elective spots and rework my rigid speech pathology schedule to spend a semester enjoying warmer weather and a lower drinking age.
And experiencing a different culture, or something. That’s what you’re doing on study abroad, right? I can’t tell by my friends’ photos on Facebook.
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