Program: Yonsei University
Time Abroad: Winter &mdash Fall 2008 (Academic Year)
Major: International Studies
Studying abroad is really what you as an individual make of it. If you choose to spend all your time talking on Skype to friends and family back home, surround yourself with Americans, and stick to the designated "foreigners" districts, you will never really experience anything new. However, those who make the effort to interact with locals and become involved with school organizations will find themselves fully immersed into their study abroad country. I myself chose the latter option, and from my experience I have realized how much I enjoy living in Seoul, South Korea. I enjoyed it so much, I have decided to return there to work after I graduate.
I cannot say that I have only one memorable experience, since the entire time I was abroad culminated in many memorable times. Learning a new language, interacting with locals, tasting unique foods, the night life, and cultural heritage sights are just a few of the experiences one will have while abroad.
Overall, my experience abroad has broadened my view on international relations and increased my self-confidence and analytical skills. A study abroad experience can enlighten you or not—it all depends on your ability, interest, and effort to integrate with your host country.