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Laundry On Sundaes

Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.

Welcome to the first edition of Take it from a Senior!

What’s the overwhelming number one regret people have in college? Not studying abroad! Don’t believe me? Just ask around. It’s a fact. So if you have the chance to study abroad, go for it!

Going abroad can be a wonderful opportunity for learning and growing. Maybe you’ve always wanted to live by yourself in a completely new place. Maybe you’ve been itching to practice the foreign language that you’ve been studying for years in the classroom. Whatever the reason, if the thought has crossed your mind at all and if you have the means, do it. Sure, there may be things that hold you back, like not wanting to leave your friends, or a relationship, but honestly, it will be worth it, and if those relationships you have at home are strong and true, a semester or year away won’t hurt at all. You get to experience a different culture, travel around, make new friends, all while in college and earning credits. What’s there not to like?

But what if you have a demanding major and don’t have the time to study abroad? This is what happened to me. With a major, a concentration, the pre-health requirements, and the Core, my schedule was packed every single semester. But you know what? I still found time to go abroad – in the summer! A lot of students don’t realize that there are tons of opportunities to take summer classes, do internships, or get summer jobs in a different country. You just have to look. I went to Vienna for 2 months after my sophomore year to do a research internship, and despite some challenges, it was one of the best things I did during college. I have another friend who went to Australia in the summer to do research on the platypus! How cool is that? So opportunities for going abroad during the summer definitely exist, and they are worth looking into.

So there you go. Take it from a senior: don’t let this become one of your college regrets – go abroad!

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