Post written by travel enthusiast, Kika. Follow her on Instagram @therealkika
Why you should study abroad blog post by Kika at KayBeth.com Lifestyle Blog:
When I was in college, I was given the opportunity to study abroad pretty much anywhere in the world. If my school didn’t have a direct relationship with the city someone wanted to study in, they would be willing to make it work. For various reasons, I never actually went abroad even though I had been dreaming about it for years. It was one of my biggest regrets. After graduation, I got a job and thought I had missed my opportunity. After three years of working, I knew I was ready for a big change.
I initially thought about moving to another city in the U.S. but then it hit me that I can finally go abroad. I started looking at Master’s programs and found one that was for exactly what I wanted, a mixture of communications and business. I ended up moving to Europe for a year and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. When you’re abroad, you have the opportunity to grow tremendously on a personal and on a professional travel. I remember being so scared during my first day of school but then I realized that the students in my class were on the same boat which only brought us closer together. I had the chance to study with and learn from people from India, Dubai, Belgium, Tanzania, Egypt, Italy, El Salvador, Peru, and so many other countries.
Being abroad teaches you how to become more independent and self-sufficient, and it definitely puts you out of your comfort zone but that only helps you grow as a person. You have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and hear stories from all over the world. Some people even fell in love! I also loved the fact that in Europe you can be in another country in only a few hours. I was able to visit countries that I had always wanted to visit but never had the chance.
After graduation, I took advantage of the fact that I was in Europe and traveled around for a few months. In the U.S. we usually only have 10 vacation days so it was important for me to make the most out of that opportunity. Even though I’m back in the U.S. and working, it was definitely a year that I’ll never forget.