Le, Thanh
    The first step to getting anywhere is deciding that you’re not willing to stay where you are

    Thanh Le

    BBA student

    EMN Summer School - Summer 2014

    If it's one thing I’ve learned throughout my entire experience studying abroad is to come into any experience with an open mind, don’t fight it, just let it be, and say “yes”.

    Looking back at my entire experience, there were some instances where I wish I had more of an open mind where I was more willing to accept. Don’t get me wrong, I learned so much and was able to visit 5 different countries in a span of 7 weeks. I did things that I would have never thought I would have the guts to do, I met people who are now close friends, whom I would have never made an effort to meet back at home, and I witnessed firsthand different cultures that I would have never had a chance to experience without this trip.

    Despite the amazing memories and experiences I’ve had, I always feel like I could have done more If I had just opened up a little bit more. I could have met and gotten to know more people, seen more things, skipped out on a nights worth of sleep to experience more, tried more different foods, stayed a bit longer, and the list goes on. Sometimes it was hard to accept the differences and to step outside of my comfort zone, which is why I could have experienced lot more.

    My advice for anyone thinking about studying abroad isn’t just the obvious, which is “YES, you should do it”. Of course, “YES, you should do it, but make sure you do it with an open mind and with open arms”. Try to say YES to as many things as you can and I promise you that you will have learnt the most about not only yourself but also the world outside of which you already live in each and every day.