- Exercise more
It’s no surprise that with all of the new cities you’ll be exploring, your Fitbit steps will definitely will be adding up with every corner you turn. From climbing Cape Town’s Table Mountain or the Swiss Alps to getting lost in the back streets of Paris or the canals of Venice, you’ll be dying to see every inch the city in which your host institution resides. With so many new sights in reach, you won’t even question sitting at home all night watching Netflix.
- Eat healthier
This may come as a shock, but not everyone in the world eats a delicious Three Finger combo from Raising Cane’s for dinner. When going abroad, you’ll be exposed to new dining customs and flavors of your new environment- and often less processed food! All over the globe, people go to the market every day to pick up fresh ingredients to prepare a homemade meal. As your tastebuds water, you’ll be dying to get your hands wrapped around the closest Greek gyro or Asian dumpling you can find.
- Learn a new language
It may seem obvious that you will be exposed to other languages, but what a better way to actually learn a new language than to completely immerse yourself! They say that the easiest way to teach yourself a new language is to surround yourself with it, and here is your chance! Learning a foreign language can open up countless doors for you and your career.
- Give back
So, why not try a service learning program? We all know that it’s possible to receive academic credit while studying abroad, but did you know that you can receive credit while participating in service abroad too? Not only can you further your education, you can help others and share your skill set.
- Fall in love
…with a new city! Whether it be a year, a semester, or just a few short weeks, you’ll fall in love with your temporary home. The countless experiences that you will encounter abroad will leave you with unforgettable memories. A piece of you will always be there. As you fall in love with the cultures and settings that you surround yourself with, you’ll find your fellow students standing next to you. Sharing so many experiences, you will form a bound with your classmates and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
Sam Culp is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying Economics and History. She participated in the UK Consortia program KIIS Austria in the summer of 2015.