Why Studying Abroad Was the Best Decision I Have Ever Made

HeadshotMeet Meagan Johnson. Meagan is a 21 year old junior from Hackberry, Louisiana. She’s majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. She’s involved in multiple organizations such as LSU Ambassadors, Collegiate 4-H, and University Baptist Church Collegiate Group!

We all know that college is about self-discovery and figuring out what you want to do in life. It’s a time when you can try new things, meet new people and do things you’ll never be able to do again. The memories you make in college will stay with you forever!

However, there is one option in my opinion that sticks out more than all the rest… studying abroad. This is an amazing opportunity for young adults to have a life experience in another country that they may never experience otherwise. This can be beneficial for many reasons giving students something that sets them apart.

Studying abroad in Paris, France was the best decision I ever made at LSU. So I’ve listed different reasons why studying abroad will be the best thing you ever do!

1. Historic Places

One great thing about traveling overseas is getting to see so many great and historic sites the world has to offer. You read about the Roman Empire, gladiator games in the Coliseum and even the building of the Tower of London, but nothing compares to seeing the real thing in person. There are so many places that have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and being able to see them in person is simply incredible. You can literally reach out and touch years of history with your bare hands.

2. Culture

It’s really important to know that there are many other types of people in the world who live and act according to different customs than our own. There are different cultures out there and it can be really beneficial for students to see the differences first hand. Being able to learn and exist in another culture can be a great life skill to have for the future.paris

3. Independence

Any college student will tell you that one of the best things about college is the new freedom you have. You get to make your own choices and decide who you want to be. By living in another country, you will find this new sense of independence that you never thought you would. It’s very satisfying to know that you can navigate through a country where you don’t speak the language or even go on an adventure through the city all by yourself. With that new self-confidence, you’ll have the courage to do things you never thought you would!

4. Experience of a Lifetime

The main reason and possibly the most important reason why studying abroad is so great is because of the once in a lifetime experience you will have. One day you’ll have a job, family and other responsibilities that may keep you from being able to take advantage of an opportunity like this. You will also never again have the chance to go to a foreign country with a group of your peers all experiencing the same thing. This experience will stay with you forever along with the amazing memories you will make!

I know the thought of this can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming, but I can assure you that if you decide to take advantage of this great opportunity LSU has to offer you will not be sorry. It was definitely the best decision I have ever made!


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