As an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, I am constantly sharing my personal experiences with education abroad and raving about my program. I talk about the reasons why I chose it, the amazing things I saw, ate, and encountered, and what I took away from the experience. Every time I give my spiel, it seems, I end with the same warning: once you participate in Education Abroad, you’ll fall in love with it and want to do it again.
This is not an exaggeration. As soon as I arrived back home from my 5-week summer program in Valencia, Spain, I immediately wanted to go back. I started looking through programs, and over the course of the semester I found one that I could not pass up. Fortunately for me, I have the opportunity to study abroad for a second time in Scotland this coming summer.
There are a variety of things that led me to decide to study abroad again. One of the most important points is that I originally studied abroad directly after my freshman year. I came into college knowing that education abroad was something that I wanted to participate in, and I wanted to make sure I took advantage of the opportunity. Since I did it so early, I now have other opportunities to do it again. Unfortunately for some students, they go on a program near the end of their college career. Without fail, they fall in love with education abroad and want to do it again, but many of them don’t have any time or room for it in their schedules.
In addition to still having time to study abroad, I am choosing to study abroad another time to make up for some of the faults I had during my first experience. I wrote another post here explaining those things that I wish I had done differently while abroad. For the program that I am going to participate in, my goal is to work on these faults and to get more out of my experience than I did the first time around.
On top of these couple of reasons, I am driven to study abroad for a second time by the simple question: Why not? I had an amazing time during my first UK Education Abroad program, and it has been the best decision of my college career so far. There is no better time to go abroad than during college, and I don’t want to let these opportunities go to waste. I came out of my first experience with a love for EA and a thirst for more opportunities, and I am choosing to take advantage of this while I can.
Photo courtesy of Adam Kiser.
Adam Kiser is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky studying Animal Science. Adam participated in the ISA Valencia program in summer 2015.