Considering studying abroad?

Brittany is a college junior from Atlanta studying Public Relations. She has dreams of working in lifestyle Public Relations. Her passion is in music, theatre and traveling. She has been acting since the age of eight and has been in a variety of community theatre shows as well as local television programs. Theatre was her first choice as a college major, but she decided to study Public Relations due to her love of creating, communicating and promoting. Her dream job is to be a Public Relations Specialist for Disney or Universal Music Group. She enjoys spending her free time at concerts, and has attended over 100 concerts in the past 2 years. When Brittany isn’t rocking out at a concert, you can find her traveling. She has been to over 10 different countries and plans to spend a year traveling after finishing university. She has studied abroad in London for the past year, and encourages everyone to advantage of traveling abroad, cause it is such a great opportunity.

To study abroad or not to study abroad? This is a question that many college students ask themselves during their time at university. The answer is yes, you need to study abroad. It will be one of the most exciting and rewarding things that you will get to experience in your lifetime. It provides many opportunities and experiences that you would not be able to get on your university campus. Need more convincing? Let me tell you a little bit about my study abroad experience.

I spent months deciding where I wanted to go for my study abroad experience. It was between three places; London, Cape Town and Sydney. I decided on London, because the university I decided to attend was quite distinguished for what I was majoring in, Public Relations. In September of last year, I packed my bags said goodbye to my family and friends, and boarded a plane to London Heathrow. When I first arrive, I was nervous and unsure of what to expect. I expected there to be a bit of a culture shock, but it was more of a shock than I expected. Coming from a very family-oriented, religious, southern town, moving to city as liberal and vibrant as London, was change for me. Life moved fasted, people stayed out later, and there was so much originality in the air. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with it. I never felt like I belonged in a place more than I feel like I belong in London. I’ve never been more happy or more confident. There is always something new to explore in London. Never a dull moment. The building are all so uniquely and beautifully built. The nightlife is incredible. It will put the parties that you have at your college campus to shame when you experience a night out abroad. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, Germany and Sweden. It is a great idea to take advantage of the cheap travel between countries, if you decided to study in Europe. Easyjet and Ryanair offer flights as cheap as $25 each way between cities. In addition to seeing new places you get the chance to meet new people. London is such a melting pot for people of all cultures. I have met the most amazing people and made the most genuine friends that I could have ever asked while in London. The education system take a bit of a different approach than it does in the United States. The style is an hour long lecture followed by a hour long seminar, and you attend each class, or “module” once every week. It is a less hands on approach to learning, but I can say that I really enjoy my course and loved the university that I attend. It is one of the best choices that I have ever made to study abroad.
Don’t even think about it anymore, just do it! It’s a chance of a lifetime and you will have the most amazing time and will not regret a moment of it. Take a chance and go exploring while you are young and full of life. In a few year from now, you could be tied down with work, children and other commitments. It will give you a new perspective on life and how you see things. You will be first hand experiencing things and learning beyond just sitting in a classroom. The pictures and places that you see in your History textbook will come to life. What are you waiting for? Step out of your comfort zone and take a chance.

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