One thing I think everyone who studies abroad shares is goals, from personal to professional. Mine were a bit of both, if I’m honest. I needed to prove to myself that I could do this, that I could leave my family, my friends, my country, my whole life behind and study somewhere else. Considering that I’m doing that, here, now, and well over half way done, I think I’ve at least accomplished that goal.
But my personal ability to not only survive, but thrive in an unfamiliar environment wasn’t what originally drove me to seek out study abroad. I wanted to build my resume. I wanted to add my exposure to another culture, another political climate, and another society to my list of assets. Coming here has allowed me to see how the students of one of our allied nations see things. How they look at psychology and criminal justice and how they look at the interplay between the two. I have gained a perspective from my exposure that, while being unique to me, also includes what I have been exposed to. I hope that I can draw on both my experience and my ability to succeed here in the future, in the course of my duties.