REALIZATION ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD

WHEN GIVEN THE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN COLLEGE, MOST COLLEGE ALUMS NAME STUDYING ABROAD AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT. NOW, WHETHER OR NOT I WOULD GO ABROAD WAS NEVER A QUESTION– RATHER, WHEN AND WHERE. WITH MY DOUBLE MAJOR AND LANGUAGE MINOR, I AM WORRIED THAT I WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME OR AVAILABLE CREDITS ABROAD TO SPEND MORE THAN A SEMESTER OVERSEAS. ONE OF MY DREAMS HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO LIVE AND STUDY IN ENGLAND, BUT I REALIZED THIS PAST SEMESTER THAT I WILL NEED TO BE IMMERSED INTO THE RUSSIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE FOR MORE THAN A SUMMER TO GET A COMPLETE GRASP ON THE LANGUAGE. I HOPE TO SPEND MY JUNIOR YEAR STUDYING ON THE GENEROSITY OF THE BOREN AWARD AT THE NEVSKY INSTITUTE IN ST. PETERSBURG. IF THAT DOESN’T WORK, I HOPE TO AT LEAST SPEND MY JUNIOR SPRING SEMESTER IN ST. PETERSBURG. SO CURRENTLY, IT’S ALL UP IN THE AIR BUT HOPEFULLY THE DOD WILL CONTINUE TO FUND THE BOREN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS TO RUSSIA AND IT’LL ALL WORK ITSELF OUT. THIS STUDY ABROAD BUSINESS IS COSTLY AS WELL, AT LEAST FOR ANYWHERE IN EUROPE, BUT THANKFULLY THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP AND PRESIDENTIAL TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BALANCE OUT SOME OF THE COSTS. I THINK THE THING MOST STUDENTS NEED TO KEEP IN MIND ARE THE CREDITS THEY WILL ATTAIN WHILE ABROAD AND WHETHER OR NOT THE CLASSES CAN BE TAKEN FOR THEIR MAJOR REQUIREMENTS. STUDYING ABROAD IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DISCOVER A DIFFERENT CULTURE, PRACTICE A LANGUAGE, AND GET OUT OF ONE’S COMFORT ZONE.

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