Hello! My name is Taylor Kemp and I am currently a student at Michigan State University. I am majoring in human development and family studies and minoring in health promotion. Someday I hope to make many positive impacts on people’s lives and on the world around me.
College is the time for exploring and learning about ourselves. Some of us have traveled across the country, or even the world, to come to school and others of us go to school only a few minutes from our hometown. Either way, we are off on our own and experiencing this whole new world by ourselves. We no longer live at home with our parents, but with roommates and friends in dorms and apartment. It can be scary at times, but it is also extremely rewarding. Being away and getting a taste of what else is out there gives many college students an extreme case of wanderlust. We have set off on our own to pave our path through life and now that we are getting out there we just want to see more and more. We have taken the leap and now we are ready to run. We have gotten a taste of someplace new when we left for college and now we just want more. Just about everyday I am online looking at pictures of Paris, Australia, Bali, London, and so many other cities that I dream about. I often hear myself saying, “someday I will get there” or “when I get the chance I will go”, but what am I waiting for? Truly, the time is now. When else will we have a month off in the winter for holiday break? When else will we get a week off for spring break? When else will we get May through August off for summer vacation? Now is truly the time to start checking places off your personal bucket list.
Cost of travel can be a deterring factor, but as students we have a ton of options available to us. Many school’s study abroad programs offer financial aid options. I suggest looking at your school’s study abroad website or setting up a meeting with an academic or study abroad advisor to figure out the best plan for you. Besides study abroad, there are so many student travel groups aimed at people ages 18-30 that offer very affordable travel options all over the world. A little time spent researching these opportunities can go along way. You never know when you will find your dream destination on one of these student tour sites.
Another thing that can be discouraging for students to go on these trips is the idea of being alone. A lot of times schools have many meetings prior to departure on study abroad trips where you get to spend a lot of time with the people you will be traveling with. When you go through a student tour website, a lot of those groups set up Facebook pages or other social media communications so that everyone going on the adventure can meet and talk prior to the trip. Deciding to go on a trip alone can be scary, but is it any scarier than setting off to a huge university in a new city alone? There’s a quote that says “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage… And I promise you, something great will come of it.” I promise you that if you follow your heart and take the trips you spend hours dreaming about, you won’t regret it and, even more importantly, it will probably change your life.