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How do you express yourself in a non-stress environment? Study abroad.

“The Warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and sometimes, with just a touch of madness.” -Paulo Coelho


The day I left for Mexico, I remember how happy, yet sad, I felt.

I was happy for many reasons. I knew, at that moment, how fortunate I was to be there.

You know, deciding to study abroad isn’t a decision one should take so lightly, in my opinion. It’s a decision that must be considered in its entirety because one has to be willing to change, and experience personal development and growth.

Most importantly, one must embrace it.

I’ve stated this before and I’ll do it again: be fearless! No matter where you study abroad or for how long, the impact of that experience will likely affect the rest of your life. I witness this to be true.

Here’s why I felt sad. I realize how many students get discouraged and decide not to study abroad. I’ve seen how financial instability, the feeling of “being absent” for so long, not feeling “mature enough”, are some of the reasons why students chose to stay in the “comforts” of their own homes.

As students, we have the ability to use our voices and express our concerns about the future. Should you feel that you don’t “qualify” to study abroad, dedicate yourself into making your experience a reality.

Studying abroad empowers you. It lets you express yourself in a non-stress environment and teaches you to be bold.

As my journey comes to an end, my decision to step out of my comfort zone to live and study in another country has launched lifelong pursuits. Additionally, it has increased my cultural tolerance and understanding and facilitated lasting friendships. I’m positive that after my journey is over, I’ll never see education the same way again because the impact is so powerful.


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