For a lot of people, the idea of going abroad is pretty daunting. You spend a substantial amount of time out of your comfort zone, experiencing new things and meeting new people. The big picture is a bit overwhelming, even for the most extroverted person. But take a step closer and look at the intricacies of leaving what you’re familiar with behind; the opportunity suddenly goes from scary to incredibly exciting. It takes a lot of consideration to decide to go abroad and the first step in doing that is just to dive right in. Immerse yourself in research, find a place or a culture that sparks a little bit of passion in you and follow it.
A major resource for students looking to go abroad is very easy to find; it’s in your peers. The University as a whole as well as the School of Meteorology is bursting with students who have already taken the plunge and spent time over seas. They can provide first hand accounts of what it is like, what to expect and can even help solidify your decision to go abroad.
If you are looking for a medium to get to know some of previous abroad students, begin your research about the study abroad experience, or even just meet with some students from other countries who are currently here (and eat some awesome food), come to the School of Meteorology’s study abroad event. The event will be held at the National Weather Center in room 5930 Wednesday, April 27th at 4 p.m. Be sure to come check out this awesome event, a resource for both SoM students and anyone else looking for more information on the study abroad experience.
Dipping your toes into study abroad is a very exciting experience and honestly, once you get the first taste of what it’s like, all you want to do is dive in head first.