Traveling… Just Do It

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectation, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” -Steve Jobs

Too often, we let our fear of failure hold us back from following our dreams or taking chances. But if we remember that we need to live our lives while we have them, I feel we can turn the “somedays” into “todays” regarding our travel plans. As college student and young adult, I’ve realized that this is the one time in my life where I can leave the country and literally drop everything without anyone saying a thing about it. Plus, study abroad programs will do everything possible to make it affordable for me.

I have made it my personal mission to convince people that this experience is worth it but if I haven’t convinced you yet, maybe the following will help.

Reasons to study abroad (courtesy of

Personal Growth- Students often view their study abroad experience as something that matured them personally and intellectually. It exposes them to new ways of thinking and living, and in turn encourages growth and independence.

Broaden Horizons- Students return home with a different view of the world, and often a realization that there actually is a world out there.

Connections- One of the most important things we learn in college is the ability to network. Studying abroad gives you life-long connections with people all over the country you studied in, the places you traveled, and the people you met along the way. You will also gain connections to the students on your program who live all over America.

Career Enhancement- Employers increasingly seek graduates who have studied abroad because they know those students are likely to possess international knowledge and often second-language skills. Studying abroad also shows employers that you are flexible, resilient, and you have the ability to adapt to new circumstances.

Clearly there isn’t much to lose by studying abroad, so do it!

Here are some of my favorites from my trip—

Carpe the hell out of this diem.


About Rachel Fransen

CA Mortgage Loan Officer
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