“Study abroad is the opportunity to take units that are not offered back home. It’s where you can immerse yourself in different college cultures and languages…”
“I have been fortunate enough to study abroad three times – Leiden University, Monash Prato and Columbia University in New York.
While overseas, I participated in the Oxford and Harvard Model UNs, became part of a cycling team, rode 1100km across the French Alps, skied in Austria, met with diplomats in The Hague, inadvertently undertook an eleven-month research paper under the former Dutch Defence Minister, and road-tripped the East Coast of the USA and Canada.
Still not convinced? Study abroad is the opportunity to take units that are not offered back home. It’s where you can immerse yourself in different college cultures and languages. You will learn what stroopwafels and bombolones are. You will meet people who will become lifelong friends.
You will also face challenges, learn life-skills and life lessons. If you are particularly unlucky, you might break your front tooth, and miss your flight to a Youth Summit at the UN in Geneva. Finding a dentist open at 8am on a Sunday is very difficult.
Many will tell you studying abroad has a profound impact on your personal development during university. It’s tempting to dismiss this as a platitude (I did), but it is entirely true. If you are on the fence, submit an application. It will be one of the best decisions of your life.”