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Study Abroad

  • Date Submitted: 03/15/2010 11:21 AM
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Study Abroad: Greece


"Traveling is a fool's paradise," Ralph Waldo Emerson said. "I have no cranky objection to world travel for the purposes of art, of study, and goodwill, as long as the individual is first domesticated, or doesn't go abroad with the hope of finding something greater that what he knows. He who travels to be amused, or to get something he doesn't have within, travels away from himself " While Emerson's comments may seem extreme to those who enjoy the occasional trip for leisure, he makes an important point regarding the value of travel from both a scholarly and personal standpoint. Studying abroad fulfills what Emerson sees as the deeper purpose of travel, which I realized last fall semester when I studied abroad at the University of Oxford. The opportunity to study in France next summer appeals to me for two reasons, both of which will contribute to my higher education, career and personal goals.
The unique historic interest of this trip particularly appeals to me. History has always been of particular personal interest, especially history of the medieval period.
think going overseas to study is a good idea but it all comes down to the person and what they are really trying to accomplish. Many people say that college should be the best years of your life and one should enjoy it to the fullest.
Master another language. When you suddenly find yourself immersed in a world where everyone speaks another language, you may be scared out of your mind. But this wears off, and before you know it you'll be fluent.
New course opportunities. Your new school undoubtedly has courses that your old school does not. In addition, courses will offer a different cultural perspective on subjects you've been studying back home.

Great résumé material. Employers and graduate school committees will take note of an international study experience. Studying abroad helps students become more mature, resilient, and interpersonally adept, and all of these...

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