Why Study Abroad? (Side Bar)

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London: One of the many places where you can study!
Photo By: Jackie Hart

The Office of Multicultural and Global Education is very active in promoting the different abroad programs Quinnipiac has to offer. They want students to take the opportunity to experience a different culture in any way, shape or form.

The OMGE has several different information sessions throughout the school year for students. Before I studied abroad last semester, I had to attend one of these information sessions. So covering one of these events was very familiar to me.

Yet, many people around campus do not really know where to start when it comes to the study abroad process, nor do they take advantage of the resources OMGE offers.

I think that it is important to experience a different culture. It not only teaches you a great deal about the country itself, but you also learn more about yourself in the process. You become more independent and open minded because of this new culture.

Yes, it may be scary at first going to a foreign country completely alone without any familiar faces. But that one of the unique things about being abroad. You have to rely on yourself, and it is up to you to make the most out of your 5 month long experience.

I encourage anyone who is interested in studying abroad, whether it be for a semester or even for a month during the summer, to go to an information session. Ask questions, talk to people who have studied abroad before.

The information session may be a little overwhelming at first, but it is all information that will help you in the long run. And the Office of Multicultural and Global Education will be there to help in every step of the way.

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