Say yes to traveling abroad Bon Voyage!

Dakota Phillips ‘15
News Editor

 

Everyone dreams of traveling to places they’ve never been before. Seeing pictures of beautiful foreign lands make them seem very appealing, magical almost. College students often get opportunities to study in other countries to improve their education. Studying abroad can be a huge benefit to a student’s education.
According to Studyabroad.com, there are several reasons why a student should consider studying abroad. Studying in another country can not only improve one’s education, but also can improve a student as an all-around person. With the experiences provided through various study abroad programs, students can gain more fulfilling and enriched lives. Also, when studying abroad, students learn how cultures other than their own operate. It can be a very eye-opening experience because they get directly involved with new people and customs to further their education.
Studying in foreign countries can also be a very liberating experience for students, but it can be viewed as a challenge. Traveling on one’s own is not always very easy, but having to adapt to a whole new lifestyle for a long period of time, usually a semester, can be intimidating. A student may feel out of their comfort zone and become homesick when away from home. Even though being out of one’s element can be tough, once the studies are complete, one will feel a great sense of accomplishment and self-pride. Studying abroad will help prepare students for the future and become better adults.
French and Spanish teacher Susie Balogh has much experience with traveling and studying abroad. In her college years, she studied in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and Quebec, Canada. She said she found the programs to study abroad on her own and it was a simple process because the program was just starting out. She lived with a host family in Mexico, and even though it was tough to be away from her own family, she loved the entire experience.
Balogh is a strong believer that traveling definitely helps a student develop as a person.
“Traveling abroad is something I would recommend for anybody. It broadens your horizons. It helps you see that there are many different ways of life. Traveling is good, fun, and addicting,” said Balogh.
Social Studies teacher Rosa Hough studied abroad in London, England, and loved every minute of it!
“I got the opportunity to do an internship and take class through my study abroad program. I gained lots of great knowledge and got to travel around Europe it really was a life-changing experience,” said Hough.
Being able to study in a country other than the one a student is accustomed to is something that can broaden a person’s life in many different aspects. Getting a sense of the ways people in other countries live their lives will change the way you view your own life and culture. Studying abroad can be an amazing experience, and is recommended for students that can obtain the opportunity.

Susie Balogh and two friends pose for a picture in front of the beautiful Spaniard town of Toledo, Spain.

Susie Balogh and two friends pose for a picture in front of the beautiful Spaniard town of Toledo, Spain.