Studying abroad has definitely given
me a sense of independence. But isn’t that what everyone says?
Seriously though, there really is no
better way to gain independence then to move away from your family and friends
and everything you have ever known to be familiar. As soon as I moved away I found myself being
more assertive and more open to new possibilities. Stepping outside your
comfort zone is never easy, but if you can put yourself in a position where you
have to do so, it can open up your world to so many more possibilities.
My favorite way that I have grown
abroad is in the form of relationships. When you are in a new environment, you
have to form new relationships. I found myself becoming great friends with
people that I may have never even talked to in my regular life because I
already had my own set of friends. I met and became good friends with people
from all around the world, and all were completely different and had extremely
Study abroad made me realize that no
matter how different someone is from you, everyone has the ability to add great
value to your life. That is a lesson I will never forget.