As a college student myself, I've been bombared everyday by all of the opportunities that my university offers to advance myself and experience the world. Between all of the intramural sports clubs, fraternities, sororities, and volunteer orgs there's a lot of information to sift through. It's always important to stay involved during college, a resume can always use more polishing, but it's also important to be involved in something that moves you, something that makes you a better person, and something you're interested in. Here are five reason's that make studying abroad one of the most important things you can do during college.
#1 It will seriously help boost your self-confidence
Being in a foreign country is terrifying. Terrifying and exciting, but mostly terrifying. This is especially true when you don't speak the native language. However, the hurdles of not knowing anyone and not understanding what anyone is saying that many foreign students are faced with will eventually be overcome.
As they say "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them". You've just placed yourself in a situation that many people never find themselves in. By the time you leave your study abroad program you'll have had to do a number of scary things you never would have done if you weren't a part of the study abroad program. From purchasing train tickets to ordering food from street vendors you'll be up to par with most of the locals. And nothing will make you feel more confident than knowing you successfully manuvered yourself around a foreign country for six months all on your own.
#2 It will help you become a better person
Travling aboard exposes you to many different cultures and people. Having an open mind and a willingness to try new things are two of the most important things you can bring with you when you study abroad. Remember, it's not going to be like home and it's not all going to be like the movies you've seen. All of the expirences you'll have, both the good and the bad, will help you understand poe
#3 It will help your resume stand out
How many people do you know that studied abroad? Few to none? That's what I thought. There are a lot of things that will give you a cutting edge that will help you stand out in a pool of candidates. Volunteer hours and club participation are things that can help do that, but a lot of college students' spend time volunteering to help beef up their resume. Studying abroad is something that not a lot of people participate in that can help give you a leg up.
#4 It will help you gain real-life experience
At some point, you'll be on your own and nothing will be more important than becoming self-reliant. You will have to accomplish many things during your time abroad and the best way to accomplish them is to do it yourself. You'll be forced to deal with many different types of people who may be super helpful or the rudest person you've ever met. These interactions will help you prepare for different situations you might expirience when you come back.
#5 You will make life-long friends
You are going to meet a lot of people when you travel. Some of them will be fleeting interactions and others will be people you will know for the rest of your life. You will meet some of the best people ever during your time abroad and it will make your expirence all that much better.