College, nowadays, is primetime for students to take advantage of their youth and study around the globe.
Studying abroad provides students a new cultural and academic perspective
that we could never experience otherwise. It’s a chance to meet new people and
open our minds to see that the world is way bigger than we think.
It’s almost impossible to find a university that doesn’t offer studying abroad,
so might as well grab at the opportunity if you can.
We like to pretend that we can afford this pricey experience, but after
working countless amounts of odd jobs and begging to parents, it might actually
become a reality, like it did for Kelsey Messionnier, a member of Delta Gamma
Messionnier recently traveled to more than 10 countries and 30 different
cities in Europe last year, including England, Austria and The Netherlands to just
name a few. Along with learning about completely different cultures, she learned the
importance of many essential life skills including planning and budgeting
Messionnier said, “It teaches you how to plan, how to meet people, how to
interpret different languages, how to budget and also how to just go with the flow
because not everything can go according to plan.”
Studying abroad is more than going to school in a different country, but a
time to learn new things about yourself and see how other people live. It’s a time to
appreciate what you have but respect the difference of how other people live.
Messionnier is excited to go back to England to attend graduate school at the
University of Warwick and to further her educational and cultural experience.
She highly encourages anyone who is interested to take this special
opportunity if they are able to. She said, “A summer abroad is better than no time at
all an it’s such a life changing experience that is not to be missed!”
Written by Brittany Bonin