Study abroad is a must before graduating

More stories from Brittni Vilandre

Crossword: COVID-19
April 14, 2020

If you’re a student who is serious about their major then I believe study abroad is definitely something to consider. I spent four weeks in London and learned more about the diversity in business than I ever could in a classroom setting.

Before leaving for my flight to London I was anxious and not sure what to expect, but the second I stepped foot off the plan I had no regrets. We stayed at Queen Mary University and got the chance to live like locals. Everyday I would go to the co-op, get groceries and find a new place to explore.

If you are a serious traveler and always looking for new sites to explore, this is a great opportunity for you to get your fix from your inner travel bug while still getting credits.

By living with the locals I was able to see just how much diversity there is in the world, the greatest place to see this was in the Underground and just standing there for two minutes you could hear at-least five or six different languages being spoken, which was an amazing experience. More people need this experience so they can understand not only how diverse the world is but how diverse their major can be. Meaning there’s more than one way to learn something, e.g. we learned there is different steps and strategies when running a business in London as compared to America.

Throughout the whole trip I never thought I was actually learning anything, I thought I was just having fun. It wasn’t until I got home and my family asked me what I had done and I caught myself rambling on that I realized just how much I had learned, not only about sites we had visited, but about business as well.

I believe every student should consider doing study abroad before they graduate and give themselves the chance to step outside of their comfort zone and try out a new way of learning. The overall experience of living amongst the locals and spending everyday with the opportunity to explore and learn something new is one I would hope to do again, and will seriously consider doing again next Summer.